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Simon Cowell is a record producer and television personality known for his scathing critical remarks as a judge on the television show, American Idol.
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I've always dedicated all my life to work, and at 52, I've probably missed the opportunity."
Despite his views on parenthood, a source told US Weekly in July 2013 that Cowell was expecting his first child with Lauren Silverman, wife of his close friend Andrew Silverman. Although Andrew and Laura Silverman are technically still married,
the source told Us Weekly that a divorce "has been in the works for a while." Cowell has yet to comment on his alleged part in the high profile pregnancy.
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