Simon Cowell is expecting a child with socialite Lauren Silverman, the estranged wife of his pal, New York businessman Andrew Silverman, RadarOnline.com has learned.
"She's around 10 weeks along," an insider told US Weekly of the shocking news, noting that "Lauren and Andrew have been unhappy in their marriage for some time, and their divorce has been in the works for a while.
"As their marriage deteriorated," the insider said, the 36-year-old beauty and 53-year-old British music mogul "became close."
Images taken last August show the two in skimpy swimsuits on Simon's yacht -- her husband was on the boat as well -- inferring that their relationship has been going on for some time.
After years of swearing off parenthood, the musical genius told AOL he "probably missed the opportunity" to be a dad after devoting decades to his work.
"I do really, really like kids, because I can talk to them and listen to them," Simon said.