How did Simon Cowell react to the news that he was going to be a father?
Was he overwhelmed with joy? Was he blindsided by Lauren Silverman?
A little of both.
In an interview on Ellen airing Tuesday, he says he thought “Oh my God, this is exciting, and it’s going to be a bit of a nightmare for the next few weeks.”
He’s referring to the fact that Lauren Silverman was still with her husband, Andrew, as the baby news broke earlier this summer. Recalls Cowell:
“It was kind of uncomfortable. You know, the situation. But these things happen and everything is calm now and I’m happy. I’m happier than I’ve ever been.”
Cowell admits that despite all the stressful attention, the mom-to-be (who already has a 7-year-old son with her now ex-husband) is “in a really good place.”
Simon also defended Silverman, whom he recently spent time with in the south of France, against some less than flattering celebrity gossip reports.
“There was a lot of stuff said about her, that she trapped me and that she’s a gold digger. Absolute nonsense,” Cowell says. “She’s a great girl.”
The British music mogul, who is expecting a boy, says his first child will be raised in New York City (where Lauren lives), Los Angeles and London.
As for what he's most looking forward to about parenting? Watch the video above.