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

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

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

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.

 

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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