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"I feel like a dad - to One Direction," Simon Cowell says the boys are like sons to him

Published 20/08/2013 | 20:44

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Simon Cowell arriving for the World Premiere of One Direction: This Is Us, at the Empire Leicester Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 20, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ 1D. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Simon Cowell arriving for the World Premiere of One Direction
Simon Cowell (centre) with One Direction's left - right) Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Liam Payne arriving for the World Premiere of One Direction: This Is Us, at the Empire Leicester Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 20, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ 1D. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Simon Cowell with One Direction's Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Liam Payne
THE COWELL CLUB: Simon with Cheryl Cole and Mezghan Hussainy, above. Clockwise from top right: with Lauren Silverman, the mother of his impending baby, with ex-girlfriend Terri Seymour, with long-time colleague Louis Walsh, and with former partner Sinitta

National Television Awards 2011 - Show - London...(left - right) Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell and Mezghan Hussainy during the 2011 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 26, 2011. See PA story SHOWBIZ Awards. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire ...E
THE COWELL CLUB: Simon with Cheryl Cole and Mezghan Hussainy.

"This is a dream,” he told reporters on the red carpet last night: “I feel like a father."

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Simon has always been protective over One Direction and put together a management team to ensure they stay on track.

"No, we have the very best team imaginable for the boys," he said. "They are the most grounded artists I've ever worked with. They're really nice boys, so there are no tantrums. It's my job to make sure they are happy."

 

Simon is soon to become a real father, as it was recently revealed that he is expecting a child with American socialite Lauren Silverman.

Speaking at the world premiere of One Direction's film '1D: This Is Us', the X Factor boss has revealed his pride at becoming a first-time dad.

"I'm proud to be a Dad," he told BBC News. "The change in my life right now, it's for the better."

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles speak to the media as they attend the 'One Direction This Is Us' world premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on August 20, 2013 in London, England. Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Sony Pictures.
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles speak to the media as they attend the 'One Direction This Is Us' world premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on August 20, 2013 in London, England. Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Sony Pictures.
Niall Horan attends the "One Direction This Is Us" world premiere at the Empire Leicester Square in London, England. Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Sony Pictures
Niall Horan attends the "One Direction This Is Us" world premiere at the Empire Leicester Square in London, England. Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Sony Pictures
(Left - right) Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirwall and Perrie Edwards arriving for the World Premiere of One Direction: This Is Us, at the Empire Leicester Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 20, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ 1D. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
(Left - right) Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirwall and Perrie Edwards arriving for the World Premiere of One Direction: This Is Us, at the Empire Leicester Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 20, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ 1D. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

 

He walked the red carpet with his exes Mezhgan Hussainy and Sinitta,  but Cowell famously said that he would never have children as he loves his current life too much.

 

Lauren was married to Simon's friend Andrew Silverman, a New York based real estate mogul, but their divorce was finalised last week.

 

According to insiders One Direction, which is comprised of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson, were among the first people to congratulate Simon on his baby news.

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