Simon Cowell brushed off questions surrounding an alleged extra-marital affair with his friend’s wife, which hit the tabloids earlier this week.
The “X Factor” judge said that he preferred to keep his personal life private. “It’s just one of those things.”
Cowell, 53, is reportedly expecting a baby with Lauren Silverman, the estranged wife of the TV star’s friend: New York real estate mogul Andrew Silverman.
One journalist asked the “X Factor” panel, “What kind of father will Simon be?” to awkward silence.
The former “American Idol” judge also announced at Thursday’s panel that next season of “The X Factor” would offer a $1 million grand prize, down from $5 million.
“We got to a point where it was almost too much,” he said. “We want artists to be artists. The prize is now $1 million, and they still get a Sony recording contract.”