Simon Cowell: "I'm Proud to Be a Dad"

The reality star has confirmed that he is expecting a child with his friend's ex-wife, socialite Lauren Silverman

Simon Cowell is, officially, going to be a dad.

After weeks of speculation that he is expecting a child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman, the X Factor judge confirmed the news, telling the BBC, “I’m proud to be a dad.”

When the baby news first broke, Lauren, 36, was still married to real estate tycoon Andrew Silverman, Cowell’s friend. The reality star was reportedly blindsided by the news. "This is a very sensitive issue and all media enquiries are being dealt with by his U.S. attorney," a British rep for Cowell told People at the time.

The news also came as a shock to Andrew, who filed for divorce. And though he named Cowell as a co-respondent in the legal papers, the Silvermans settled out of court.

"[Being a dad is] something I hadn't thought of before, but now I know I feel good about it," Cowell, 53, told the BBC. "Things are changing in my life right now, for the better. [Lauren]'s a very special girl."

Amber Ray is the Deputy Entertainment Editor at iVillage. Find her on Google+ and Twitter.

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