Simon Cowell might be used to some fallout related to his on-air aggressiveness and some stories about his revolving door of beautiful girlfriends, but very little of that press could actually be called negative. In fact, almost all of it just serves to fuel his carefully constructed image of a brilliant, no-nonsense millionaire executive. Unfortunately, this past week has been just the opposite. The X Factor judge is currently embroiled in a scandal involving his good friend, said friend’s soon to be ex-wife and Simon’s love child she’s currently carrying, and the media frenzy is at a fevered pitch on both sides of the Pond.

Best case scenario, the headlines make him look like a man who fell in love with a woman but should have waited a bit longer before impregnating her. Worst case scenario, the headlines make him look like a total asshole who stabbed his friend in the back. Either way, Cowell isn’t particularly pumped about the loud shouts of the media continuing, which is why he’s allegedly trying to be proactive about getting them to stop--even if it means pressuring his new girlfriend/ baby mama Lauren Silverman.

According to TMZ, Simon is pressuring Lauren to try and move things along on her divorce. Since a firm prenuptial agreement is in place and challenging it seems impossible given her new relationship, the judge allegedly wants her to settle as quickly as possible before a very public trial plays out. Unfortunately, while that might all be well and good from a monetary perspective, there’s also the matter of custody for the seven-year-old child. Lauren would likely agree to shared custody right now, but in Andrew’s divorce petition, he pushed for full custody. So, to end things quickly, he would either need to change his mind, or Lauren would need to be willing to settle for possibly not having her son most of the time.

Unless you’re Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth, being quick and fair when it comes to splitting up after a long relationship is often difficult. When the proceedings are played out in full view of the general public, it’s often a whole lot worse. No one wants to look bad. No one wants to lose, and no one wants to blink first. But sometimes it’s a whole lot better to just find the middle ground you’re likely to end up achieving anyway. After all, no one has a good time in divorce court. It’s expensive, and it’s stressful.

That being said, while I think Lauren owes it to Simon to try to not make this monster any bigger and uglier, she also has an obligation to herself and her child to work out an arrangement that allows her fair access, whether that’s most of the time or half of the time. Here’s to hoping that can be handled quietly and quickly.

We’ll keep you updated on this fiasco as it moves forward.

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