New York socialite Lauren Silverman’s adulterous affair with Simon Cowell (which has reportedly resulted in her getting pregnant with his child) has been part of a long-simmering rivalry between Silverman and former “American Idol” makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy (who was engaged to Cowell from 2010 to 2011), if several tabloids and an unauthorized Cowell biography are to be believed. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reported on Aug. 3, 2013, that Silverman is an ambitious social climber who is telling friends that she and Cowell are “in love” and are in a serious relationship.
Cowell (who is 53 and says he never wants to get married) has not been seen with Silverman (who is 36) since the news broke on July 31, 2013, that she is pregnant with his child. Cowell has been in Los Angeles for “X Factor” duties, while Silverman is in New York, where she lives.
As previously reported, Lauren and Andrew Silverman (a real-estate mogul) are getting divorced. He filed for divorce in mid-July 2013, citing “adultery,” with Cowell named as the person having an adulterous affair with Lauren. The divorce filing also says that that Lauren subjected Andrew to “cruel and inhumane” treatment. The Silvermans have a 7-year-old son named Adam. Andrew is seeking sole custody of Adam. Lauren reportedly moved out of their marital home in Manhattan in June 2013, and she is now living in nearby Bridgehampton, N.Y.
The Silvermans had been close friends of Cowell and frequently went on vacation with him. It has not yet been made public how long Cowell’s affair with Lauren had been going on before she got pregnant, but Us Weekly reported that she is due to give birth in February 2014.
In the 2012 unauthorized biography “Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell,” Lauren Silverman made disparaging remarks about Hussainy getting engaged to Cowell and had this to say to Andrew when she heard about the Cowell/Hussainy engagement: “The whole thing is wrong.” Lauren is described in the book as Cowell’s “best friend in New York.” She also provided personal photos of her and Andrew on vacation with Cowell.
In paparazzi photos that show Cowell, Hussainy and Lauren Silverman in the same picture, the body language between the two women is almost always tense, even if Andrew Silverman is in the photo too. The Silvermans, Hussainy and some of Cowell’s other ex-girlfriends are part of Cowell’s circle of friends that he invites to his parties and vacations. A friend of Cowell’s hinted to the Daily Mirror that Cowell has a swinger lifestyle that he may not want to be exposed during the Silvermans’ divorce proceedings.
All of the people involved in this tangled mess of affairs have not made any public comments that directly mention Lauren Silverman’s pregnancy and the adulterous affair that allegedly caused it, but they have not denied it either. The only public statements that they and their representatives have made are variations of “This is a private matter.”
On Aug. 3, 2013, the Daily Mirror reported that after Hussainy found out that Lauren Silverman was pregnant with Cowell’s child, she angrily confronted him to find out if he cheated on her with Lauren during the time that Hussainy and Cowell were a couple. Sources told the Daily Mirror that, like a coward, Cowell tried to avoid Hussainy until she went to to his home unannounced to confront him on Aug. 1, 2013.
According to “Sweet Revenge,” Cowell (who has admitted in interviews that he can’t stay faithful to one woman), Hussainy and Cowell’s relationship also started under cheating circumstances, because he reportedly started having a secret affair with her when he was still living with “Extra” correspondent Terri Seymour. Cowell and Seymour were together from 2002 to 2008, and their relationship ended because he didn’t want to get married and have children. Cowell said that he broke up with Hussainy because she was too needy and didn’t understand his workaholic ways.
Despite no longer being engaged to Cowell, Hussainy is still part of his inner circle. She goes on dates with him and vacations with him, as do Cowell’s ex-girlfriends Jackie St. Clair and Sinitta. Hussainy was seen by Cowell’s side at “X Factor” U.S auditions in 2013. And Hussainy, despite getting a rumored “palimony” settlement worth millions from Cowell, has gone back to work for Cowell as his makeup artist in the United States.
But by all indications, Lauren Silverman wants to be the No. 1 woman in Cowell’s life.
Miza Shiman, a Manhattan spa owner who says she and Lauren have been friends for 10 years, had this to say to the Daily Mail about Lauren’s relationship with Cowell: “They were close friends and then one day it turned into something else. Lauren didn’t plan any of this. It’s not some kind of trick. I know one thing for sure, they are in love with each other. I hope they will get married and be happy forever.
“She told me she was pregnant with Simon’s baby. She was glowing. I said, ‘Lauren, are you happy?’ and she said, ‘Yes, I’m thrilled.’ She told me Simon is happy to have a child. She was a little bit stressed, of course, because it’s a difficult situation. But she is in love and she is happy.
“Lauren never took anything from Simon, she never expected anything. I think that’s why, for Simon, Lauren is special. Women have always been jealous of her. She’s beautiful, she’s married to a millionaire. She has a driver, and a house here [in New York] and in the Hamptons. Andrew is a rich man and she is used to this life.”
However, other (unnamed) friends of the Silvermans paint a very different portrait of Lauren. One friend told the New York Post that she is a “gold digger.” Another source close to the Silvermans said to the Daily Mail: “Andrew’s parents did not approve of who she was.”
Neighbors at the upscale Manhattan building where the Silvermans live also don’t think highly Lauren either. One of the neighbors told the Daily Mail that Lauren is a “diva princess since she met Andrew.” Another said, “She is the troublemaker. She is very insecure.”
But there are people coming to Lauren’s defense, namely her mother, who is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “She’s a nice girl. Things happen in life. Her marriage was not a marriage made in heaven. My daughter is a wonderful girl and a wonderful mother.”
According to the Daily Mail, Lauren Silverman’s wealth comes from marrying rich, since she came from a middle-class background. Her mother Carole Davis (whose last name has also been identified as Eisenberg and Saland, due to her multiple marriages) works in real estate, and her father Steven Davis is an accountant. Her parents are divorced and remarried to other people.
While Silverman’s friend Shiman paints a picture of Cowell and Lauren Silverman being madly in love, people in Cowell’s camp have not declared that he is in love with her or will marry her. There are also no indications that Cowell is going to live with her either.
One of Cowell’s pals told the Daily Mail: “Simon and Lauren are in a relationship, they are very happy – she’s been good for him. They are a couple, and Simon will just pay for their child. He will step up and be a part of the life of the child … but Simon is saying privately that he has absolutely no plans to marry Lauren.” Cowell is probably waiting for a paternity test before he publicly claims to be the father of the child that Lauren is due to give birth to in February 2014.
Andrew Silverman’s fortune is said to be worth about $95 million, according to Forbes magazine. Cowell’s fortune is estimated to be $380 million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. Between her divorce settlement and child-support payments, Lauren Silverman will be getting millions from these two men.