Surprise: Simon Cowell is going to be a dad!
The "X Factor" creator's new role is not going to be without controversy, though: The mother of his child is actually the wife of his best friend, real estate mogul Andrew Silverman.
So far, Cowell and the mother of his child, Lauren Silverman, aren't talking about it.
"This is a very sensitive issue and all media enquiries are being dealt with by his U.S. attorney," his rep told People.
But, let's put all the drama aside for a moment. Cowell has a huge job ahead of him as a 52-year-old dad of a newborn. He probably needs a little bit of advice -- and we're all too happy to give it to him.
Put the snarky attitude away… at least until the kid's a teen
Cowell quickly gained a reputation on "American Idol" as a sharp-tongued judge who was not afraid to tell hopefuls how he really feels about their "talent."
"He knows what he's talking about, he knows that he's doing and he's gonna tell you straight up, whether you want to hear it or not," Demi Lovato said of her "X Factor" co-judge.
The harsh words might work well for television, but it doesn't work well for nurturing a child. He needs to keep his sense of humor -- which he definitely has -- and keep the snarkiness at bay.
All bets are off when the child is a teen, though: his mean side will help keep potential suitors away.
Cowell is known for being a health nut -- his diet, exercise and vitamin regimen is enough to put even some elite athletes to shame.
All of that healthy living will help him keep up with his child-to-be, but he needs to stop one vice: smoking. "I genuinely still love smoking," he told GQ in 2011. "I equate smoking with having a good time. Literally. I shouldn't be saying this, but...well, they're not illegal, are they? After sex -- amazing."
You can't keep that up and expect to be around for your child, Simon.
Don't let your child read your past interviews
Cowell has made it clear in the past that he doesn't want children.
"God, no. I couldn't have children. If I had them here drawing on the walls I'd go nuts," he said in 2009. "You've got to be up at a certain time. Got to listen. When all you want to do is sit in a corner thinking."
Yeah, he probably shouldn't let his future child read that. Otherwise, he better be ready to shell out cash for therapy. Instead, he needs to keep his child away from the computer - and in front of cartoons.
"It just puts me in a good mood," he told GQ of his love of all things animated.
At least he'll have one thing in common with his child.
What parenting advice do you have for Simon Cowell?
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