Music mogul Simon Cowell has joked that his pregnant girlfriend Lauren Silverman is "lucky" to have found him.

The 54-year-old X Factor boss is believed to have made the comment during a speech at Lauren's baby shower at his Beverly Hills home over the weekend.

Simon also boasted about the success of his band One Direction at the party, saying: "I would like to say a big thank you to One Direction as without them you would all be eating sausage rolls tonight."

Cowell took the time to pay tribute to his pregnant partner, adding: "It's been a difficult year in many ways but now I'm really excited about next year and seeing the birth of little Simon, due at the end of February.

"I would like to say a special thank you to Lauren for all she's done to help change my life.

"I think she is a very lucky girl to have found me."

The Sun newspaper further report that the event took place in a specially erected marquee behind Simon's home and members of his family flew in from the United Kingdom for the special party.