Simon Cowell is expecting a baby with Lauren Silverman, the socialite wife of his longtime friend Andrew Silverman.

The Silvermans are reportedly heading for a divorce. Lauren apparently has plans to pursue a relationship with the father of her child. "Lauren and Andrew have been unhappy in their marriage for some time, and their divorce has been in the works for a while," a source told Us Weekly. "As their marriage deteriorated, she and Simon became close."

Cowell has been a close family friend to the Silvermans for years. The trio has been spotted in the past vacationing together in exotic locations like St. Barth’s and St. Tropez. Andrew’s brother, Alexander Silverman, was stunned by the news of the affair. “It is an unbelievable story of betrayal,” he said, according to the DailyMail. “It is a sad story and a tragic story.”

When Andrew filed the divorce papers in mid-July, he named Cowell as a co-respondent, and listed adultery as the reason for the marriage ending. If the divorce were to go to trial, Cowell would have to testify and would probably have to reveal his net worth. However, it’s more likely to result in an out of court settlement.

Despite the messy situation, the X Factor judge is expected to become a good father by his acquaintances. Carmen Electra, who had a fling with Cowell last year, is thrilled for her ex. "I'm so happy for him!" Elekra told E! News. “I obviously think that his child will be very well taken care and very, very loved. I'm going to call him as soon as I get in the car after the event. I want to know if it's a boy or a girl. It's awesome, I'm super happy for him."

American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson was equally excited about the prospect of Cowell becoming a parent. "Congratulations to Simon,” she told E!. “I'm sure he's going to be an amazing father.”

Cowell’s mother Julie, 87, also seems truly happy about the news. "I've not heard anything officially," she told The Sun. "But if it's true then I'm absolutely delighted. It's wonderful! He'll make a fantastic father. He'll be great."

Cowell has yet to publicly comment on his impending fatherhood.

– Chelsea Regan

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