Simon Cowell may have had his name splashed across front pages over the past few weeks, but during that time, he steadfastly refused to make any comments related to the drama on the record. He simply tried to let the negativity slowly fade away. For the most part, that approach actually worked, and with the Silverman’s reportedly ready to put the finishing touches on a divorce agreement, it finally makes sense for the longtime reality judge to step forward and issue a comment. Like a media savvy genius, he recognized it too and stepped forward and delivered.
His words were handed down to the BBC, and while there weren’t a ton of them, they did offer some insight. First, Simon finally admitted Silverman is pregnant and he is the father. Second, he told the world he “hadn’t thought” about fatherhood before, but now that it’s about to happen, he’s “proud”. And third, he confessed he does have feelings for Silverman, who is apparently a “very special girl”.
Here’s a portion of his exact quote…
"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. Things are changing in my life right now, for the better."
If nothing else, this whole situation proves what a master of media relations Cowell is. He knows when to play up the negative aspects of his personality in order to create scandal and court viewers, and he knows when to downplay them and offer a very human response. During his tenure on American Idol and now on X Factor, he was/ is able to always figure out whether the average viewer would want him to make a joke or offer a genuine moment of applause or a well-placed “good job”.
In theory, that ability to read every situation and react appropriately should make him an incredible father and boyfriend/ maybe someday husband. He clearly knows what the other person wants to hear and what the “right” thing to do is in each situation. Unfortunately, just because Cowell knows what the right thing to do is doesn’t mean he hasn’t broken more than his share of hearts along the way. He’s dated a laundry list of beautiful and famous women, and while he’s treated each very well when they split in terms of giving them parting gifts and not discussing any details with the media, he’s still consistently chosen to try something new rather than make it work with the people he already knows.
Ideally, it’ll be different with a child, but in order for him to be a great father, he will probably need to work and travel less. What do you think? Will Cowell be a good father? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…
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