The mother of Simon Cowell's unborn baby reportedly wants to marry him.
The 53-year-old music mogul is having a child with his friend Andrew Silverman's estranged wife, New York socialite Lauren Silverman, who is 10 weeks pregnant, and she is said to have told friends she wants to tie the knot with Simon.
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A source told MailOnline, who first confirmed the reports of Simon's impending fatherhood: "Lauren loves Simon, she says that she wants to marry him. And with the baby, she's going the right way about it! But I think this could be really good for Simon."
However, friends of the eternal bachelor are shocked at the news he is to become a father.
One pal said: "He is an incredibly well-prepared man who is very controlling and no one can believe in a million years that he would make this kind of mistake.
"Knowing him and the way in which he controls every aspect of his life it's astonishing that this has happened. He is not one of those men who would have [had] a child in this way - it just seems so out of character. There is a sense of astonishment among his circle of friends over this news."
Simon cowell is under pressure to respond amid reports he has fathered a child.
The music mogul was lying low yesterday (31 July 2013) following the initial publication of allegations on UsMagazine.com suggesting Silverman is expecting his baby.
Editors at the website allege "multiple sources" have confirmed Silverman is around 10 weeks pregnant with Cowell, who is a friend of Silverman's estranged husband.
A member of Cowell's publicity team in London told Ahlan! that it is a "very sensitive issue" but referred all inquiries to his team in the US, who have thus far not responded to a request for comment.
In March (2013), Cowell and Silverman were photographed together in the back of a limousine after a night out at a theatre, while the pair has also been photographed on vacation together.