August 21st, 2013
05:04 PM ET
Simon Cowell tried to joke his way out of reports that he will become a father, but he finally came clean.
The "X Factor" judge and reality TV/music executive walked the red carpet Tuesday night for the London premiere of the One Direction documentary "This Is Us"that Cowell co-produced. The Daily Mail reported Cowell joked about how proud he was of the boy band, who he signed to their record label.
"This is like a dream come true," Cowell said. "I feel like a father."
Cowell has been the center of much attention lately because of reports he is expecting his first child with Lauren Silverman, the newly divorced wife of a close friend of his. He had earlier declined to speak publicly about the matter, but Cowell loosened up a bit to discuss it on Tuesday.
"Things are changing in my life right now, for the better," Cowell told the BBC. "I'm proud to be a dad...It's something I hadn't thought of before, but now I know I feel good about it."
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