Simon Cowell last night confirmed reports that he is to become a father.

The music mogul spoke for the first time about the news that he is expecting his first child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman at the world premiere of One Direction's new film This Is Us in London.

He told the BBC: "Things are changing in my life right now, for the better.

"I'm proud to be a dad... It's something I hadn't thought of before, but now I know I feel good about it."

When asked about the mother of his child, Cowell replied: "[She] is a very special girl."

Cowell had previously been tight-lipped about the story and refused to comment directly when he appeared at an X Factor press conference in Los Angeles earlier this month.

When questioned about the reports, he joked to the reporters: “I really haven’t read the newspapers. Did I miss anything?”

Lauren Silverman and her husband Andrew confirmed their divorce last week.