Simon Cowell as You’ve Never Seen (or Heard!) Him

Suzy Byrne

We knew Simon Cowell had a sweet side in there somewhere!

The "King of Mean," 53, has turned into a big old mush when it comes to talking about the forthcoming arrival of his first child with girlfriend Lauren Silverman.

"It is just surreal," is how he described seeing a sonogram in an interview with The Times of London newspaper. "You literally see this thing which is now alive moving around. I feel very paternal right now. So I am very happy."

The "X Factor" judge is feeling so paternal, he even posed for photographers holding a onesie — though, frankly, we are surprised it wasn't a white v-neck T-shirt, which is pretty much all he wears.

Cowell, who famously declared that he had no interest in having children, may show a more tender side when it comes to his offspring, but he promises he won't lose his edge at the judging table.

"I can assure you: I won't go soft," he told the paper — and we believe him.

Cowell's baby news was one of the biggest headlines of the summer. In late July, it was revealed that Silverman, who was married to someone else, was pregnant with the British star's child. Initially coy, Cowell later confirmed to the BBC that he was "proud" to become a dad, and that Silverman is a "very special girl."

As for Silverman's relationship status, she reached a divorce settlement with her husband, Andrew, in mid-August, and has been on a PDA tour with Cowell ever since.

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