Simon Cowell Breaks His Silence About Baby Scandal -- Sort Of

The 'X Factor' judge was definitely not his outspoken self when responding to questions about his impending fatherhood

Well, folks. Another day, another round of reporting on Simon Cowell's bro code violation! On August 1, the cantankerous TV mogul finally broke his silence about this week's news that he impregnated Lauren Silverman, the wife of friend Andrew Silverman.

Avoiding the press is unusual for Cowell, who's a master of media manipulation -- at least when it comes to promoting The X Factor and his other TV talent shows. And ultimately, that's what finally brought him out to face a roomful of reporters.

At the Television Critics Association meeting, he and his fellow X Factor judges (newbies Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, and the returning Demi Lovato) took the stage to promote the show's upcoming third season. Members of the media dutifully asked about Cowell's bizarre-o personal affairs, and he dutifully declined to answer with any details.

"Unfortunately at this moment I have to keep it private," he told the ballroom's attendees. But he still had to face some individual interviews: "There are a lot of things I will eventually clear up when the time is right," he later told a People reporter. "But I really have to be sensitive because there's a lot of people's feelings involved here."

Meanwhile, both Andrew and Lauren have released their own statements, predictably requesting that everyone just leave them alone already. 

"My top priority is protecting my 7-year-old son while working to resolve all outstanding issues with my wife," Andrew Silverman's statement read."Hopefully people can respect the interest of our child during this process." 

In a separate statement, Lauren made the same plea: "I am committed to sorting things out with Andrew as amicably as possible to ensure the well-being of our son. I would hope for some space and privacy in order to work through this."

All of a sudden they're concerned about their child? Well, better late than never.

As for the new kid on the way, it's doubtful that he or she will affect Cowell's current baby, The X Factor. Cowell was on his promotional game Thursday, dispensing charming quips about being the only male on the judging panel this season, and offering implied digs at the epic fail known as Britney Spears, season 2 judge.

Cowell adeptly avoided criticizing Spears outright, but said he knew on "Day 1" of last season that he'd be switching up the judging panel in season 3.

It's "like having a dinner party -- you invite people for dinner and sometimes it's a fun night and sometimes it's not as much fun as you thought it would be," he said. "This is a very fun dinner party... I felt what we were doing [last season] was similar to what everyone else was doing. I had this impatience to get to season 3 and what I wanted to do."

He also said he asked this season's judging candidates "how passionate are you about doing this job properly and working with the artists properly." Apparently, these were areas where Spears fell short, to Cowell's mind. That, and she used the word amazing way too much. (But that's just our opinion.)

As always, this season Cowell will want to keep the focus on The X Factor. All sorts of drama -- be it contestant arrests, the show's hirings and firings, and even comparisons to American Idol -- is a welcome part of the hype.

His personal drama, on the other hand, could distract from the show. So Cowell will probably concede to, say, an Oprah Winfrey sit-down, to speak his piece and attempt to put this titillating story to rest. Until then, the media will probably keep on asking...

Your friend's wife, Simon!? Really?

Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.

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