Credit: INFphoto.com Photo: Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman in St. Barts, January 4, 2012

Simon Cowell has mentored many people on American Idol, The X Factor, and Britain's Got Talent, but from now on it looks like he might be mentoring one special person in his life: his child!

That's right, the man notorious for being brutally honest with wannabe singers — and even making a few cry — is reportedly going to be a daddy. But that's not the biggest surprise. The mother of the child is actually married to one of Simon's close friends.

New York socialite Lauren Silverman, wife of Andrew Silverman, a real estate mogul in NYC, is the lucky lady who is going to be parenting a child with Simon. Lauren plans to leave Andrew to be with Simon.

"Lauren and Andrew have been unhappy in their marriage for some time, and their divorce has been in the works for a while," a source told Us Weekly. "As their marriage deteriorated, she and Simon became close." Yeah, they definitely became close. The expecting mother is now 10 weeks along, the insider shared. 

Beyond the whole baby mama drama, it's a HUGE deal that Simon is ready to be a dad. Just back in 2009 the entertainment mogul said, "God, no. I couldn't have children. If I had them here drawing on the walls I'd go nuts."

But the Brit has softened lately. Just last year he told AOL Music, "I do really, really like kids, because I can talk to them and listen to them. The problem has always been how much time you need to devote to bringing up kids. I've always dedicated all my life to work, and at 52, I've probably missed the opportunity."

Looks like it's never too late to be a daddy.

Source: Us Weekly