Simon Cowell tried to avoid questions about his impending fatherhood at an ill-timed X Factor press panel on Thursday.
“Unfortunately, I have to keep this private for the moment. It’s just one of those things, but thank you anyway,” said Simon Cowell, 53, at the Fox panel at the Television Critics Association meeting in Beverly Hills.
When a cheeky reporter asked: “The new baby. Were you as surprised by the news as we were?”
Simon Cowell replied: “I haven’t read the newspapers. Am I missing something?”
Dressed in his signature white T-shirt and a stoic expression, the music mogul handled the pressure well as he attempted to divert the attention to the upcoming season of the singing competition.
Simon Cowell went on to tell the press at the Fox portion of the TCA summer tour that he will open up about married lover Lauren Silverman’s pregnancy when the time is right.
“There are a lot of things I will eventually clear up when the time is right,” he explained.
Simon Cowell tried to avoid questions about his impending fatherhood at an ill-timed X Factor press panel
“I really have to be sensitive here because there are a lot of people’s feelings involved.”
When asked if he could reveal how he’s feeling, Simon Cowell candidly replied: “I would love to, but I have to respect a lot of other people’s feelings.”
Unable to get an enlightening response from Simon Cowell, one determined reporter asked his X Factor colleagues Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio and Demi Lovato how they thought he would be as a father.
“No comment,” said Demi Lovato, who is no stranger to public controversy herself, which quickly silenced the questioning.
Later speaking to magazine PEOPLE, Kelly Rowland, who was seen attempting to lighten the mood by playfully plucking out grey hairs from Simon Cowell’s head, said: “I think that Simon has always been a very classy guy, he’s always been a very respected guy, and he’s going to be a great father.”
Paulina Rubio, who just joined the show as a judge said: “He didn’t tell me anything yet, but I will support him if it is true.”
Demi Lovato added: “There’s no reason for me to talk about his person life, and I’m here about talk about the show.”
But she was very complimentary about show boss Simon Cowell. She said: “Simon is very tough but off camera he’s like a teddy bear. He has a big heart.”
“I’ve learned so much from him. I think he puts up a front with the rest of the world to be this bad guy but you get to know him he’s a really, really sweet person.”
Simon Cowell, who is worth an estimated $350 million, insisted he will do everything he can to support and provide for his child after the news broke on Wednesday that 36-year-old Lauren Silverman is expecting.
It has now emerged that Lauren Silverman’s husband, Andrew, has cited Simon Cowell in divorce papers. The move, clearly designed to embarrass him, could potentially force him to reveal details of the alleged affair in court.
Lauren Silverman is accused in the papers of adultery with Simon Cowell and of being “cruel and inhuman” towards her husband.
In a statement Andrew Silverman said: “My top priority is protecting my seven year old son while working to resolve all outstanding issues with my wife. Hopefully people can respect the interest of our child during this process.”
Jessica Simpson’s fashion reality show was cancelled after dismal ratings for Fashion Star led NBC to pull the plug on the show after just two series.
Jessica Simpson, 33, who has her own fashion line, was one of the mentors on the show along with Nicole Richie.
The series had initially launched with former supermodel Elle McPherson as the presenter and was seen as a direct competitor to the hugely successful Project Runway.
Contestants were asked to come up with new designs, with the celebrities acting as mentors.
After just one season Elle McPherson was replaced by Louise Roe but the reality show continued to struggle in the ratings.
On average, the show rated 0.7 in the advertiser-coveted Adults 18-49 demographic and 2.76 million total viewers.
Dismal ratings for Fashion Star led NBC to pull the plug on the show after just two series
After the poor showing in season one NBC replaced H&M, who sold the show’s designs, with Express.
But as viewing figures plummeted the show was moved from Tuesday night the graveyard slot of Friday night.
NBC chief Bob Greenblatt confirmed at the Television Critics Association Press Tour that the show was cancelled.
While Jessica Simpson’s reality show career might be over her clothing line goes from strength to strength.
The Jessica Simpson Collection, which produces shoes, handbags, coats and clothing took in $750 million in retail sales last year.
Its success has meant Jessica Simpson is now worth over $100 million.
Christina Aguilera silenced last year’s fat-shaming critics by showcasing her 20 lbs weight loss in a pink mini-dress at a NBC press event in Beverly Hills on Saturday.
Christina Aguilera, 32, looked confident and drop-dead gorgeous in the tiny cleavage-baring frock, which slightly fanned out at the skirt.
The four-time Grammy winner paired her slim new silhouette with platinum waves, a very dark tan, and Christian Louboutin heels.
Christina Aguilera shed the weight thanks to the 1,600-calorie Fresh Diet premium meal-delivery plan, yoga, and regular sessions with trainer Tee Sorge.
“She did it all on her own,” an insider told Us Weekly last month.
Christina Aguilera silenced last year’s fat-shaming critics by showcasing her 20 lbs weight loss in a pink mini-dress at a NBC press event in Beverly Hills
“A lot of people were on her about her weight and it depressed her. She went through a bad time because of the criticism.”
A friend of Christina Aguilera’s revealed that she still “wants to lose a bit more”, but “she feels great”.
She joined The Voice‘s Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, and Carson Daly for the Television Critics Association event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Christina Aguilera addressed her absence last season, which was filled by Columbian pop star Shakira.
“Thank god for Shakira, she did a beautiful job, she has sweet, lovely energy,” Christina Aguilera told reporters.
“I cannot live in front of the camera 24 hours a day. I have to take breaks and stay connected with myself…When the cameras go off, I put on sweats and a T-shirt and I’m mom. [My son Max] starts kindergarten in the fall so I’m excited about that.”
Auditions are already underway for the NBC singing competition’s fifth season – premiering September 23.
And The Voice producers are also reportedly pleased with Christina Aguilera’s recent weight loss.
“Show execs hope her new look will spark viewers’ interest in her again and get people tuning in,” a show insider told Us Weekly.