Simon Cowell's mother is reported to be "delighted" after news emerged the music
mogul is to become a father for the first time.
The talent show boss is said to be having a baby with New York socialite Laura Silverman, according to reports.
Cowell's mother Julie said: "I'm delighted. It's wonderful!"
According to reports, Cowell, 53, fell for the 36-year-old after her marriage to New York property mogul Andrew Silverman hit the rocks.
Meanwhile, photographs of Cowell and Mrs Silverman on a Caribbean holiday in January last year have emerged.
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 has not spoken about the matter on his Twitter account.
The office for Cowell's Los Angeles lawyer said: "We have no comment."
Just 48 hours before it emerged that Cowell has fathered a baby, 80s pop icon Sinitta, a former girlfriend of Cowell's, alluded to the showbiz shock on Twitter.
Sinitta wrote: "Something has just happened ..half miracle, half nightmare! #WakeMeUpIWantToGetOff!!"
Cowell had previously maintained he didn't believe he was the right material to be a dad.
He was recently in New York for US X Factor auditions and Lauren was a "constant presence", after he began dating her around the start of the year.
Previously she had been described as his "best friend" - but she turned into a love rival for Cowell's ex-fiancee Mezhgan Hussainy and was opposed to their engagement.
Cowell progressed from the post room at EMI Music Publishing to become a talent scout and later founded several record labels.
His television career began in 2001 when he joined forces with Simon Fuller to produce Pop Idol, the first of many talent shows.
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