SIMON COWELL dodged questions about reports he is to become a father when he was spotted in Los Angeles for the first time since the sensational rumor surfaced.
The media mogul hit headlines on Wednesday (31Jul13) amid allegations New York socialite Lauren Silverman is expecting his baby.
Cowell's representatives in the U.S. have not responded to numerous requests for a comment since the story broke, and he maintained a similar silence following filming of The X Factor in L.A. on Wednesday night.
Cowell emerged from the studio at around 11pm local time, puffing out his cheeks and letting out a sigh as he headed to his waiting car.
He declined to answer questions about the baby rumor but appeared to smile slightly when asked if he is ready for fatherhood.
Editors at UsMagazine.com broke the story on Wednesday, alleging Silverman - who is part of a 'harem' of beautiful women who accompany Cowell on his trips around the world - is around 10 weeks pregnant.