X-Factor boss Simon Cowell is reported to be fathering a child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman, according to American magazine US weekly.

The 53-year old music mogul has been repeatedly seen holidaying with his friend Andrew Silverman’s estranged wife, after Cowell split from long-term partner Mezhgan Hussainy last year.

In previous interviews, Cowell has said that he feels he may have missed the opportunity of fatherhood, given his age.

Brought up in Elstree, Cowell himself is not Jewish, but his father is known to have come from a mostly Jewish family.