Simon Cowell, 54, has revealed that he wants to name his son after himself or his father Eric, who died of a heart attack in 1999. In an interview with "Extra" that was televised on Nov. 4, 2013, Cowell said about the possible names he wants for his son: “My number one choice is Simon because I like the name.” His second choice would be Eric. “His birthday is going to be very close to my dad’s birthday.
In July 2013, the news broke that Cowell's lover Lauren Silverman (who is 36) is due to give birth in February 2014. The baby is Cowell's first child.
In October 2013, Cowell publicly confirmed for the first time that the baby is a boy. In an "Access Hollywood" interview that was televised on Oct. 21, 2013, "Access Hollywood" anchor Shaun Robinson asked Cowell if there was going to be a car seat for the baby in Cowell's Bugatti. Cowell replied, "Yes. He's got to learn how to drive real quickly."
Robinson then asked if Cowell knew the sex of the child. And Cowell answered, "I think I just gave it away." Robinson then exclaimed, "You certainly did!" as if she had just uncovered earth-shattering news.
The news about the baby being a boy was first leaked by the New York Daily News in early September 2013. Not long after that, Lauren Silverman's mother, Carole, confirmed to E! News that the baby is a boy. Up until the "Access Hollywood" interview, Cowell would refuse to confirm or deny the baby's gender when he was asked about it in interviews.
Cowell told "Extra" what his parenting philosophy is: “Be cool about it, and don’t worry about things to much… the way my brother and I were brought up, it was kind of relaxed. There were no self-help books or any of that crazy stuff. I want to teach him how to do my job as quickly as possible. I want to pass the reins over. I really would like the idea of teaching him how to run the business."
Cowell's father Eric was a high-ranking executive at EMI, where he helped Cowell land his first entry-level job (a mail clerk) in the music business. Cowel found more success at BMG, which later merged with Sony and changed its name to Sony BMG and now just goes by the name Sony Music.According to Forbes magazine, Cowell is worth an estimated $380 million, and he made $95 million in 2012, making him the highest-paid TV star in the world.
The "Extra" interview was conducted by Terri Seymour, who was Cowell's girlfriend from 2002 to 2008. She and Cowell have remained close since the breakup, as is the case with several of his ex-girlfriends. Cowell and Seymour broke up because she reportedly wanted to get married and start a family with him, but he did not want their relationship to be taken to that level. The 2012 unauthorized biography "Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell" reported that Cowell often cheated on Seymour with other women, including model Jasmine Lennard and makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy, who was engaged to Cowell from 2010 to 2011. Cowell has not disputed these allegations.
What wasn't mentioned in the interview is that the Cowell family has a history of having children from adulterous affairs. Cowell and all of his siblings were born because of adultery.
All the interviewers who have talked to Cowell about his impending fatherhood have cowardly avoided asking him about the sleazy circumstances under which he got Silverman pregnant. Lauren Silverman (a socialite who is based in New York City) got pregnant with Cowell's child while she was married to her first husband, Andrew Silverman, who was a good friend of Cowell's. Her affair with Cowell was going on since 2009, according to Us Weekly. The Silvermans had been married since 2003, the same year that they met Cowell.
Robinson also avoided confronting Cowell about it, even though there's been a huge public backlash against Cowell about his homewrecking affair. In interviews, Cowell is callously unapologetic about being in an adulterous affair, and he has showed no remorse for the role he played in wrecking the Silvermans' marriage and betraying his friendship with Andrew Silverman. Cowell will only say in interviews that it was an "awkward" and "difficult" situation.
Andrew filed for divorce in July 2013, the same month that Lauren's pregnancy made the news. In divorce papers, Lauren's adultery with Cowell was named as the reason for the divorce. The Silvermans reached a quickie divorce settlement in August 2013. Cowell is rumored to have paid off Andrew Silverman in the divorce settlement.
Lauren Silverman will continue to have New York as her home base because she and her ex-husband, Andrew, share custody of their 7-year-old son, Adam. She is now living in a Park Avenue luxury apartment building in New York City, with her living expenses reportedly paid for by Cowell. According to the New York Daily News, the apartment is renting for $26,000 a month, and the neighbors are worried about the paparazzi and other media attention that come with Cowell spending time at the apartment.
The "Access Hollywood" interview took place at Cowell's mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif., but it was not mentioned in the interview that Cowell is selling the home for a reported $20 million. (The Los Angeles Times was the first to report that Cowell has put the house up for sale.) Instead of mentioning that the home is for sale, Robinson pretended to scold Cowell by saying that the house is not baby-proof.
Cowell is unloading the four-bedroom, six-bathroom gated estate that he bought from AEG Live president/CEO Randy Phillips in 2011. Cowell paid $15.5 million for the mansion, according to public records. He no doubt did the interview at his home as free publicity to entice potential buyers, since "Access Hollywood" showed several parts of the home and Robinson gushed to Cowell about how gorgeous she thinks the home is. Parts of the "Access Hollywood" interview segment blatantly looked like a real-estate commercial.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the mansion (which is in the Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills) sits on a half an acre of land, and has a swimming pool, 7,265 square feet of living space, city views, an outdoor entertainment area, a screening room and a formal dining room with walls of glass.
In the interview with "Access Hollywood," Cowell came across as very superficial and naïve about raising children, which he compared to having dogs. The "Access Hollywood" piece made sure to showcase the Rolls Royces and Bugatti in Cowell's driveway. (Whether or not it was Cowell's idea to show this vulgar display of wealth, he certainly approved of it.) There are teenage dads on "Teen Mom" who have more maturity about becoming a father than Cowell has.
Cowell said when he looked at the Ultrasound of the fetus, he called it "Tad" because "It looked like a tadpole ..." He also said that he wasn't surprised when he found out that the child is a boy. "I had a feeling," he said smugly.
Robinson asked if the child was going to be named Simon Jr., and Cowell replied, "I don't know yet."
When Robinson asked what he was going to do baby-proof his home (which includes a swimming pool without a fence), Cowell shrugged and said, "Get a nanny?" He added, "I'm experimenting right now with two dogs, Squiddly and Diddly, and they are babies. And they are falling in the swimming pool and they're getting lost around the house. It's a bit of a road test." (Let's hope he's not that cavalier about the safety of his child. Falling into a swimming pool should not be treated as a "road test" for any living being.) He then brought out the two dogs (Yorkshire terrier puppies) for a photo op and had one of them cuddle on his lap.
And speaking of a "dog and pony show," Cowell also used the interview to promote the contestants in the Groups category that he is mentoring on "The X Factor" U.S. this year. The remaining acts in this category were at his house and he made sure they got some air time in the interview.
Cowell seems like the type to eventually get bored with having a child and will hand off a lot of parental responsibilities to a nanny. He's already told the media that refuses to do things like change diapers and he doesn't want to witness the birth of his child. It seems like he just wants to deal with the aspects of having a child that are most like having a cute dog that you can pet and train to go away when you get bored, and he doesn't want to deal with the less glamorous realities of having a baby, like changing diapers or witnessing a mother during the childbirth.
In the "Access Hollywood" interview, Cowell did not mention any future plans that he has with Lauren Silverman. Many people are predicting that we won't marry her or even live with her, since Cowell seems to have a harem of other women in his life, and he has said for years that he never wants to get married.
Cowell selling his Beverly Hills mansion is a sign that he is making major changes in his life. Although Cowell has not commented to the media on why he is selling the mansion, there are plenty of big changes in his life that are coming in 2014, and it looks like Cowell is preparing for those changes.
In addition to becoming a father in 2014, Cowell seems to be preparing to move on from "The X Factor" U.S. (whose operations are based in the Los Angeles area), which is likely to be cancelled, although Fox probably won't make the official announcement until May 2014. As I've exclusively reported, Cowell plans to return to being a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. after "The X Factor" U.S. is cancelled. Furthermore, there is no chance that he is going back to being a judge "American Idol," since he has no ownership stake in "American Idol," and Cowell has a long-standing feud with "American Idol" creator/executive producer Simon Fuller.
Cowell first bought a home in the Los Angeles area in the early 2000s, after he found fame as a judge on "American Idol," which is also based in Los Angeles. During his years with "American Idol" and "X Factor" U.S., he split his time between Los Angeles and London.
If Cowell is no longer going to have to work on a Los Angeles-based TV show, then it's no wonder that he is selling his mansion. It's possible that he will still have a home in the area, but selling the mansion is a clear sign that he is "downsizing" or not planning to not spend a lot of time in the area.
Cowell bought his most recent Beverly Hills mansion from Phillips in 2011, the year that "The X Factor" U.S. launched. Before "The X Factor" U.S. launched, a lot of people thought the show would be as successful as "The X Factor" has been in the U.K., Australia and other countries. But "The X Factor" U.S. has been a disappointment on almost every level. In 2013, the show's third season has hit a ratings low, averaging only 6.5 million U.S. viewers per episode, which is about 50 percent less than what the show was getting in its first season in 2011.
Cowell has been telling the media that he's been "happier than I've ever been" now that he is going to become a father. But Cowell can't be happy about "The X Factor" U.S.'s disappointing ratings and the show's failure to find an international superstar on the level of "American Idol" first winner Kelly Clarkson or "X Factor" U.K. boy band One Direction.
"The X Factor" U.S. has been a humiliating blow for Cowell, who in 2011 bragged to the media that the show would premiere to at least 20 million U.S. viewers. In reality, the show's first season premiere only got 12.5 million U.S. viewers, which are the highest ratings that the show ever got for a single episode. And even though Fox's "American Idol" has also had a big decline in ratings in the past few years, "The X Factor" has never been able to surpass "American Idol's" ratings in the United States.
But don't feel sorry for Cowell. He's still making millions (an estimated $95 million a year, according to Forbes magazine) from his entertainment empire, which includes "The X Factor" and "Got Talent" franchises around the world, as well as Syco Music (the company he co-owns with Sony Music), whose best-selling artists include One Direction and Susan Boyle. And he has a backup plan to return to ITV's "The X Factor" U.K. as a judge. He is currently a judge on ITV's "Britain's Got Talent."
On "The X Factor" U.K.'s judging panel, Cowell is likely to replace Gary Barlow (who replaced Cowell in 2011), since Barlow has confirmed reports that 2013 is his last year as a judge on the show. Barlow had previously announced that he will be busy in 2014 with a new Take That album, followed by a Take That tour. Cowell left "The X Factor" U.K. judging panel in 2011, but he has always been an executive producer/creator of the show.
Whatever the future holds for Cowell, he has shown a pattern of being very fickle with the people in his life, so we'll have to see how "committed" he'll really be as a parent, aside from hiring nannies to take care of his kid.