Reports: Simon Cowell to Become First-Time Dad

Former "Idol" judge expecting child with wife of close friend

By Colin Bertrarm
|  Thursday, Aug 1, 2013  |  Updated 4:15 PM EDT
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Former "American Idol" and current "X-Factor" judge Simon Cowell is expecting his first child with married New York socialite Lauren Silverman, according to reports.

Silverman, 36, is the wife of real estate mogul Andrew Silverman, a close friend of Cowell's.

Cowell, 53, has yet to comment on the reports, but an assistant to his U.K. rep told People magazine, "This is a very sensitive issue, and all media inquiries are being dealt with by his U.S. attorney."

Andrew Silverman filed for divorce in Manhattan Supreme Court on July 15, according to the New York Daily News. Cowell was named as a co-respondent in the proceedings.

Neither Cowell's attorney nor Silverman's family attorney responded to requests for comment by NBC News.

In 2012 Lauren Silverman and Cowell were photographed together vacationing in St. Barts and St. Tropez.

Prior to Silverman the never-married Cowell was engaged to "Idol" makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy, but the couple broke off their engagement in 2011. He also dated Carmen Electra from December 2012 to February 2013. "I'm now a single man," Cowell revealed to People following the split. "We spent time together and she is so much fun."

Though Cowell maybe keeping mum about becoming a dad, Electra addressed the news at VH1's Do Something Awards on Wednesday, telling E! News, "I'm so happy for him!"

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