“The X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell (who is 53) has opened up some more about becoming a first-time father and what people can expect from “The X Factor” stage musical “I Can’t Sing!” In a Daily Mail interview that was published on Aug. 29, 2013, Cowell said that his impending fatherhood is “maybe a miracle,” but he stopped short of saying that he would marry Lauren Silverman, 36, the mother of his child. “You’ll just have to wait and see,” he vaguely stated about the possibility of getting married to her.
On Aug. 20, 2013, Cowell publicly acknowledged for the first time that he is expecting a child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman, who got pregnant with Cowell’s child while she was married to her first husband, Andrew Silverman. Although it has not been officially revealed when Lauren is due to give birth, several media outlets (including Us Weekly) have reported that her due date is sometime in February 2014.
Cowell used to say for years that he never wanted to become a father because he thinks he’s too much of a workaholic to be a good parent. But he told the Daily Mail: “I have changed my mind. Once it’s happened, you feel completely different. Once I heard the news about the baby, little bit of a shock, then I got used to it, and then I became incredibly paternal and protective and I feel very attached to the baby already. The fact that it can happen at this time of my life is fantastic, maybe a miracle.”
On Aug. 24, 2013, Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman were photographed in public together for the first time since her pregnancy made the news. Paparazzi photos show Cowell and Silverman smiling and holding hands while walking on a beach in St. Tropez, France. They were also photographed kissing each other while in St. Tropez.
The photos came four days after Cowell publicly admitted for the first time that he is having his first child with Lauren Silverman. Cowell told the BBC in an interview at the world premiere of “One Direction: This Is Us” in London on Aug. 20, 2013: “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. She [Lauren]’s a very special girl.”
Cowell made this statement the week after Lauren Silverman reached a divorce settlement with her husband Andrew Silverman, who filed for divorce in July 2013.
TMZ reported on Aug. 14, 2013, that Lauren is getting about $2 million in the divorce settlement and joint custody of Adam Silverman, the 7-year-old son whom she has with Andrew. In his divorce filing, Andrew (who is 37 and a New York-based real-estate mogul) had been seeking sole custody of Adam, and Lauren’s adultery with Cowell was named as the reason for the divorce. Lauren and Andrew Silverman were married in 2003, the same year that they met Cowell.
In addition, TMZ reported that Lauren will remain based in New York to be close to her son Adam. Cowell (who has never been married) does not have a home in New York (he spends most of his time in London, Los Angeles and Miami), so it calls into question how much time Cowell will really be spending with Lauren and his “love child.” Unnamed sources close to Cowell have been telling the media that Cowell has no plans to marry or live with Lauren.
In his August 2013 interview with the Daily Mail, Cowell also talked about “I Can’t Sing!,” which is scheduled to premiere at the London Palladium in London on March 29, 2014. Previews are from Feb. 27 to March 25, 2014. Tickets are currently on sale. More information can be found at the official “I Can’t Sing!” website. Cowell is one of the producers of “I Can’t Sing!”
As previously reported in February 2013, Alexander Hanson had been cast in the starring role of Simon Cowell in “The X Factor” stage musical. But Hanson parted ways with the production, and he has been replaced by Nigel Harman, who won an Olivier Award (the British equivalent of a Tony Award) in 2012 for his role as Lord Farquaad in the West End production of “Shrek: The Musical.”
On Jan. 25, 2013, “The X Factor” executive producer Cowell attended a workshop of “The X Factor” stage musical to decide if he wanted to produce the show or not. He tweeted: “Am on my way to see the workshop of X factor the musical.” Three hours later, he then announced on Twitter: “The X factor musical is sensational! It’s a yes from me.”
In his August 2013 interview with the Daily Mail, Cowell commented on the musical: “The hardest thing was: how do you find someone who’s good-looking, talented and can look like me? And then we found Nigel!”
Cowell added, “First of all, I’m not mental about musicals. I normally get bored.” But he said he was convinced to do “The X Factor” musical after he saw the workshop for it. “They completely ripped into me — and they make fun of ‘X Factor’ in a very positive way. It’s not a puff piece.”
According to The Sun, Cowell and his Syco Music company plan to invest about £10 million (or $16 million in U.S. dollars) into the musical.
As previously reported, former “TV Burp” star Harry Hill wrote the musical’s script.
The Sun revealed that the musical’s plot will follow the “X Factor” journey of a contestant named Shenise:
“To ramp up the emotion Shenise — said to be based on real-life ‘X Factor’ winners Alexandra Burke and Leona Lewis — reveals her dad has to use an iron lung. She provides a ‘SuBo’ moment and soon makes the finals. The show also features a variety of ridiculous no-hopers trying to grab their own 15 minutes of fame, including a hunchback. Asked why he has entered by Simon and his fellow judges — a WAG-type lass called Geordie (based on Cheryl Cole) and a chirpy Louis Walsh character — he replies: I know you like a good back story.’ Simon is then revealed to actually be an alien, who blasts off back to space at the end of the show from where he controls the entire world.”
The Daily Mail reports that Cynthia Erivo, who starred of in a revival of “The Color Purple” in London, has been cast in the role of Shenise.
Hill told The Sun in a May 2013 interview: “We’d been umm-ing and ahh-ing about the title for a while, then it hit us — there’s never been a musical called ‘I Can’t Sing!’ It also happens to be the title of one of the funniest songs in the show, and we hope hints at the direction we’re taking this production.
“We think it’s also the only musical for a while with a singing hunchback, a talking dog and a man on an iron lung, but we’d have to Google that to be sure. We’re pretty certain that you won’t have seen anything like it before and it’s great that Simon is backing it 4,500 per cent.
News of “The X Factor” musical first broke in September 2011, when it was reported that Cowell had reached out to Hill to work on the musical.
A source told The Sun about Cowell’s reaction to the musical: “He genuinely loves it. Simon knows that many people see him as a bit of a cartoon character so he doesn’t mind having the p*ss taken out of him. It’s a very funny script Harry Hill has put together and the songs are laugh-out-loud amusing.”
The Sun previously reported that Steve Brown has written music for the production.
Cowell confirmed in the Daily Mail interview that “The X Factor” musical will feature original songs that were written specifically for the musical: “There’s one called ‘Fabulous,’ which is about me.”
Sept. 3, 2013: The Daily Mirror reports that members of the media were given a sneak preview of “I Can’t Sing!” at a press event in London on Sept. 2, 2013. Cowell, Harman and Hill attended the event, where the assembled journalists heard three songs from the musical. It was also revealed that “I Can’t Sing!” was rewritten to include jokes about Cowell becoming a father.
Cowell commented on looking forward to the birth of his first child, “I went to see a scan today and it is just surreal. You can see this thing which is now alive, moving around. So I am happy.”