It's all getting a bit confusing: rumours are now bouncing about that Cowell ended his engagement with his fiancée in April 2012 because he was seeing Lauren Silverman. Cowell split unexpectedly from make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy unexpectedly last year. She chose not to dish out any dirt on him at the time but new images of Cowell and Lauren last year on TMZ suggest that the pair were a little too close in August 2012 having been spotted what looks like kissing on a yacht, despite both having significant others. The photos hint that their affair had begun long before originally thought.

The 53 year-old X Factor judge has had a lot of fingers pointed at him in the last few days; not least from MRS. Silverman's now-ex-husband Andrew Silverman who reportedly introduced the pair on holiday in Barbados.

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Cowell & Ex-Fiancée Mezhgan Hussainy Before Their Split.

What potentially started out as a dalliance for marriage-shy Simon has turned into a life-changing event for the New York socialite who now claims that the 10-week foetus she's carrying is Cowell's baby. Not only that - she sees a future with the infamously cantankerous judge and has apparently told friends she wants to marry him.

The Silvermans divorced a fortnight ago but Cowell's name was cited as a co-respondent on the legal documents.

This means that he could well be summoned to court as a witness in the divorce court hearing and may also be required to disclose the details of his personal fortune, estimated to be in the realm $350 million (£230.3m). Furthermore, a sizeable chunk of said fortune could be taken as child maintenance so Cowell is said to be gearing up with a lawyer for protection.

Lauren Silverman
Lauren Silverman Is Apparently Carrying Cowell's Child.

Although it has been claimed that there was no overlap between Lauren and Mezhgan, a source speaking to the New York Post said that Simon and Lauren were definitely sleeping together whilst Hussainy was still in the picture: "Lauren has been telling friends she has been sleeping with Simon since the end of 2011, or the start of 2012."

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That Cowell & Silverman Spent Time Together Was No Secret.

Lauren, who has a 7-year-old son with her ex-husband, has previously posted Instagram photos, describing him as her "Simey Monster." However, when the NY Post asked her if she was having an affair with Cowell she said "Simon is my best friend, but please don't write we are having an affair[.]It would destroy my family and my son."

Although Cowell has neither confirmed nor denied that he's going to become a first-time father, at the press conference for The X Factor USA, he was questioned about his potentially impending fatherhood and said, cryptically: "I really haven't read the newspapers. Did I miss anything?" adding, "Unfortunately, I have to keep this, for the moment, private. It's just one of those things. Thank you very much anyway."