Simon Cowell’s alleged affair with Lauren Silverman began in 2009, according to a new report.
The television and music mogul is rumored to be expecting his first child with the married New York socialite.
Simon had been friends with Lauren and her hotel mogul husband Andrew Silverman for several years, even vacationing with the couple.
According to Us Weekly, his relationship with Lauren became romantic early on.
“Lauren has loved Simon forever. And they started having an affair four years ago,” a source told the tabloid.
The insider claims the pair’s relationship started as a fling but her strained relationship with Andrew, 37, drew them closer.
“Andrew always went on trips without her. She felt he treated her like garbage,” the insider said.
Since revealing her pregnancy, Lauren and Simon have reportedly solidified their relationship.
“Simon and Lauren are together. They talk 100 times a day,” another source said.
Lauren’s baby is reportedly due in February.
The 36-year-old is meanwhile believed to be in the midst of a divorce from her husband, with whom she shares a seven-year-old son.
Lauren’s mother, Carole Saland, revealed to Us their relationship was fraught with problems.
“The marriage was not made in heaven,” she recently said.
Andrew, who is co-owner of the Veneto Hotel & Casino in Panama, reportedly filed for divorce last month.
He is said to have named Simon in the filings.
Simon was asked earlier this month about his feelings about becoming a father.
“I would love to, but I have to respect a lot of people’s feelings… I really have to be sensitive,” he said.
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