TODAY   |  August 01, 2013

Simon Cowell expecting baby with wife of friend

The music and TV mogul is reportedly expecting his first child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman, who happens to still be married to one of Cowell’s friends. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

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>>> we're back now at 7:49. looks like simon cowell is going to be a dad. normally, that wouldn't be front page news, but it's the circumstances surrounding the reported pregnancy that has him in the katy turr.

>> reporter: talk about a pile of rubbish. simon cowell , who first gained notoriety as the mean judge on " american idol ."

>> i thought it was absolutely terrible, that performance.

>> reporter: is now reportedly expecting his first child. the mother-to-be, according to several media reports, including "people" magazine, new york socialite lauren silverman, wife of real estate mogul andrew silverman, who also happens to be one of cowell 's friends.

>> they have been photographed together, but to call them best friends or confidants is an overstatement.

>> reporter: cowell hasn't commented on the reports, but one of his assistants told people, "this is a very sensitive issue, and all media inquiries are being dealt with by his u.s. attorney ." that attorney didn't respond to nbc news. silverman family attorneys also had no comment. last october cowell and lauren silverman were seen visiting a home for sale in los angeles . in december they attended the same charity event in barbados. silverman seated next to cowell 's then fiancee.

>> she's beautiful, brunette, exotic, very much like other women he has been seen with before. the shocker is that he got her pregnant.

>> reporter: cowell has dated a string of brunettes over the years, but he's never been married. he told "gq" magazine that he definitely ruled out having kids at his age, adding, "with the way i live my life, i wouldn't have the patience. i'd sort of want people born at the age of 10." so would a baby of his own turn simon into a softy.

>> your dancing is terrible. the singing was horrendous.

>> reporter: he may soon learn that some voices can'ting shushed, no matter how off key. katy turr, new york.

>> this is on the front page of a lot of newspapers across the country.

>> a lot of people are talking about it.

>> coming up --

>> not delivering, apparently.

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