Simon Cowell Finally Opens Up About His Illicit Affair with Lauren Silverman (and Why He Doesn’t Really Regret It)

Sugar Daddy Simon Cowell with Lauren SilvermanSimon Cow­ell, 50, may have set­tled down with his hot young girl­friend, Lau­ren Sil­ver­man, and their new­born son, but his May-December rela­tion­ship with Sil­ver­man wasn’t always this per­fect. As you might recall, the celebrity couple’s rela­tion­ship started as an illicit affair—Silverman was still mar­ried to Cowell’s close friend, Andrew Sil­ver­man, when she got preg­nant. After news of her preg­nancy went pub­lic, Mr. Sil­ver­man imme­di­ately filed for a divorce, leav­ing his ex-wife to start a new life with Simon Cowell.

Cow­ell has now spo­ken out for the first time about the affair, and how the news of becom­ing a first-time father really affected him. Although he regrets hurt­ing his friend with the affair, hav­ing a baby at the end of it all made it worth it. “It is not some­thing I am proud of or wanted to hap­pen in terms of hurt­ing any­one. It just hap­pened,” Cow­ell told the Mir­ror. “You have to deal with it and man up to it. You have to accept the respon­si­bil­ity and criticism.”

Simon Cow­ell also revealed that before the birth of his and Lau­ren Silverman’s son in Feb­ru­ary 2014, he was diag­nosed with depres­sion. He spent most of his time at home alone stress­ing over what to do with his show, The X Fac­tor, and it even­tu­ally took a toll on him. “You are always look­ing for the next high from the show and then actu­ally if you haven’t got any­one to share it with per se, or if you haven’t got a fam­ily around you, you can go a bit nuts.” But every­thing fell into place when his son was born, includ­ing the celebrity couple’s May-December relationship.

Cow­ell says his life has changed for the bet­ter. “Maybe because it puts things in per­spec­tive hav­ing two peo­ple in my life who I am respon­si­ble for,” he said, adding that he now feels like he has a “home rather than a house,” and that he’s grate­ful for his “happy ending.”

When asked if he and Lau­ren Sil­ver­man are plan­ning to have more kids, he said, “I wouldn’t rule any­thing out. From here on in I am not pre­dict­ing any­thing.” And when the topic of mar­riage came up, as it always does, Simon Cow­ell dodged the sub­ject entirely, sim­ply say­ing that we’ll have to “wait and see.”

What do you think: Will Simon Cow­ell and Lau­ren Silverman’s May-December rela­tion­ship last?


Jef­feries, M., “Simon Cow­ell: I regret affair with Lau­ren Sil­ver­man – but am so happy with what came out of it,” Mir­ror web site, April 8, 2014;

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