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Wednesday's shocking entertainment news -- that Simon Cowell has impregnated Lauren Silverman, the wife of his friend Andrew Silverman -- led to some obvious questions. Did Andrew have any idea that Cowell was sleeping with his wife? (And, uh, was he okay with that?) Also, how does the "God-no-I-couldn't-have-children" Cowell feel about his impending fatherhood? Was this child planned?
"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. Naturally, the attorney didn't return calls.
But other people sure are talking, and there are divorce court papers to peruse. According to the New York Post, "Andrew is so livid, he’s seeking revenge on both Cowell and his straying wife. … He’s taking the highly unusual step of embarrassing Cowell personally by naming him as a co-respondent in divorce papers, which were filed under the radar in Manhattan Supreme Court two weeks ago."
Silverman's brother, Alexander, claims that Andrew was blindsided by the news of his wife's pregnancy. “It is an unbelievable story of betrayal," he told the Post. "It is a sad story and a tragic story." The report quoted unnamed "friends" of Lauren's, who allege that she'd long been carrying on an affair with Cowell under Andrew's nose, and that she was a "gold digger" who "targeted [Cowell] for a paternity payday."
Cowell has known the Silvermans for seven years. The wealthy Manhattan couple split in June, and Lauren's been living in the Hamptons with their 7-year-old son, Andrew, for the summer.
Cowell himself only found out about the pregnancy around July 10, a source told the New York Daily News.
Andrew Silverman, of course, is hardly the first guy to be publicly and unpleasantly surprised by a spouse's affair.
LeAnn Rimes' ex, Dean Sheremet
"I was blindsided and shocked that she of all people would do this to the closest person in her life,” Dean Sheremet told Us Weekly after LeAnn Rimes left him for Eddie Cibrian, her costar in a Lifetime movie. Cibrian's wife
Brad Pitt's ex, Jennifer Aniston
"I just don't know what happened," Jennifer Aniston told Vanity Fair in 2005, after her husband Brad Pitt left her for his Mr. and Mrs. Smith costar, Angelina Jolie. "There's a lot I don't understand, a lot I don't know, and probably never will know, really."
Tori Spelling's ex, Charlie Shanian
"Fifteen months into my marriage, I opened the National Enquirer to see pictures of what appeared to be my wife giving another man a lap dance," Charlie Shanian told GQ magazine after his wife, Tori Spelling, took up with Dean McDermott. "She had only married me because I loved her and took care of her. ... She had purposefully shown me only 10 percent of her true personality."
Clearly, this Simon Cowell story is still unfolding. After Lauren Silverman reads today's news, she'll no doubt want to defend herself against these charges. We'll just have to stay tuned.
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an Atlanta-based writer who covers pop culture and watches too much TV. Luckily, iVillage gives her an excuse to watch even more. Follow her on Google+.