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Simon Cowell now has something in common with Louis Tomlinson, aside from the profits both men reap when One Direction succeeds:

They have both fathered children out of wedlock.

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So, with fans still abuzz over Tomlinson having gotten Briana Jungwirth pregnant this spring, the producer talked to The Sun and said he offered his protege some important advice.

"I said to him, ‘You man up. You’re fortunate because you’re in a position to be able to look after the baby and not worry too much about that,’" Cowell told the British publication, adding:

"But I also told him, ‘I’ve received bad calls in my life but this is not one of them. This is your business but I’m here for you.’"

Tomlinson did send out a Tweet soon after the baby news went public… but he didn’t actually reference the baby news.

He is yet to comment publicly on the mini scandal, which could mean one of two things:

  1. He is respecting Briana’s privacy.
  2. He is freaking out over what he considers to be a major mistake.

Cowell also made clear that the news, which many Directioners are not taking well, does not mark the end of the world.

"He didn’t kill anyone. He got someone pregnant," Cowell said.

"It happens every day all over the world. Again, Louis has got great family around him and, look, it’s a plus, not a negative."

Here’s a closer look at the woman who will be having Tomlinson’s (gorgeous!) offspring: