Simon Cowell has spoken for the first time since reports emerged that he is to become a father, insisting the matter will be kept private.
The X Factor boss appeared at a press conference in Los Angeles ahead of the new series of the US version of the talent show.
"I've haven't read the newspapers," the 53-year-old music mogul joked, as he was questioned about widespread reports he is expecting his first child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman.
Asked if his schedule would be affected by being a father, he replied: "I really haven't read the newspapers. Did I miss anything?"
He added: "Unfortunately, I have to keep this, for the moment, private. It's just one of those things. Thank you very much anyway."
Cowell could be called to court after he was named as a "co-respondent" in Mrs Silverman's divorce papers by her husband Andrew, the New York Post said.
Mr Silverman, a propery magnate, had filed for divorce based on his wife's adultery despite New York state allowing no-fault divorces, which means Cowell could be called to court to give evidence, it was reported.
Cowell's mother is said to be "delighted" about the news that her son is to become a father for the first time.
Julie Cowell told The Sun: "I'm delighted. It's wonderful!"
According to the newspaper, the talent show judge fell for 36-year-old Mrs Silverman after her marriage hit the rocks.
Meanwhile, Mail Online has published photographs of Cowell and Mrs Silverman on a Caribbean holiday in January last year.
Mr Silverman was also on the holiday and the trio are pictured relaxing on a luxury yacht.
Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams tweeted about the news, saying: "Oh yeah, and SimonCowell is doing a baby with a lady."
Adding: "For the record SimonCowell and I tried to have a baby together for many years. But I just couldn't get pregnant."
Cowell's friend, former pop star Sinitta, tweeted more cryptically: "Something has just happened... half miracle, half nightmare! £WakeMeUpIWantToGetOff!!"
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