"He had a plane on standby for a week," a source told E! News, which reported that Cowell had skipped out on "
Word that a baby was on the way for "The X Factor" creator broke last July to a degree of scandal, in that Silverman, the estranged wife of one of Cowell's friends, was not yet divorced. For a while there was a chance Cowell would have to testify as part of the proceedings, but that evaporated when the divorcing couple struck a deal and started playing nice. Silverman's split was final in early December.
Still, Cowell was on board with the role of daddy well before the legal stuff was settled.
"Things are changing in my life right now, for the better," the "X Factor" judge told the
"I'm proud to be a dad," he said. "It's something I hadn't thought of before, but now I know I feel good about it." He also referred to Silverman as a "special girl."
It's a first child for the former "American Idol" judge, and the second for Silverman, who has an 8-year-old boy with her ex, Andrew Silverman.