Simon Cowell is desperately trying to maintain a dignified silence after it was revealed he’s fathered a lovechild with his best friend’s wife.
Cowell and his alleged betrayed pal Andrew Silverman have decided to keep quiet in hope the mass hysteria will blow over, sources say.
The media mogul's pregnant lover Lauren - and those close to her - have been criticised for attempting to smear her husband’s name to draw attention away from her serious indiscretions.
A source told Mirror exclusively: “Simon and Andrew certainly have their differences right now but they are trying to deal with the situation like adults.
"They hope eventually it will die down but people close to Lauren refuse to stop their pathetic attempts of dragging Andrew’s name through dirt."
Sources in the US went as far as branding the 37-year-old socialite as a “total nightmare” as divorce papers name 53-year-old Cowell for adultery.
A settlement could come as early as this week and Lauren is expected to take less than the $4 million set out in the prenup.
Bernard Clair, one of Lauren’s lawyers, hit back at the accusations and told the New York Post: “These cheap shots aimed at Lauren and her family by people who believe they are supporting Andrew serve only to sabotage ongoing efforts by our client and her husband to settle this matter.
"We and Lauren continue to be committed to resolving this matter privately and amicably.”
Cowell has not seen her for a month already and it could now be weeks until they are reunited. That means he will miss her first baby scan at 12 weeks which is only days away.
But Lauren’s not the only woman he is steering clear of.
The 53-year-old music mogul will go on holiday to the South of France without any of his usual “harem” as he tries to deal with the fallout over his affair and the US socialite’s pregnancy.
And friends are becoming increasingly concerned he is cracking under the pressure of impending fatherhood and the bitter Silverman divorce fight that could see him in court, after Andrew, 37, named him in legal papers over the fling with his wife.
Cowell has been ordered by his lawyer Marty Singer to “keep his head down” until the furore fizzles out.
The talent judge spent Saturday night at a One Direction gig in Las Vegas, where the boys ribbed him about his affair and baby – to which he replied: “Do as I say boys, not as I do.”
The TV star is also concerned the affair and pregnancy saga could jeopardise his lucrative endorsement deals in the US, most notably a contract with Pepsi reportedly worth £35million.
A source said: “Simon just wants this whole sorry mess to be sorted out and gone away. If he could turn back time he would. Those around him are getting increasingly worried about him.”