“I’m slightly ahead of her, yes,” Cowell, who’s expecting his first child with Lauren Silverman, told PEOPLE during Jaguar’s introduction of the new F-type coupe in Playa Vista, Calif. on Tuesday..
“I’m happy for her because she’s a great girl. Some of these contestants on [American Idol] can change a bit over the years, [but] she’s a really nice person and she remembers how the show gave her a break.”
Despite his well-wishes, Cowell, 54, admits it was his own news of becoming a father that caught him off guard.
“Come on, I would have never ever expected it, but it’s happened and I’m embracing it now,” he says.
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But is the future father already showing signs of being a stage dad? He jokes he can already foresee fierce competition between his son and Clarkson’s baby on the way.
“[They’ll be] competing against each other in a competition. I can see it now … I’m thinking 15 years ahead,” he says.
— Anya Leon with reporting by Reagan Alexander
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