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Simon Cowell: I “Regret” Destroying My Friend’s Marriage, But “It Just Happened”

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By Daniel Gates

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Simon Cowell opens up about his depression and his remorse concerning the adulterous origins of his relationship with baby mama Lauren Silverman in a new interview.

When they began their affair, Silverman was married to Cowell’s close friend.

“I regret that part,” he tells The Mirror.

Cowell goes on to say, “But then of course you have a baby and you look at the baby and you kinda go, ‘This is what happened from it.’”

He admits, “In this situation you are not going to come out of this well because of the circumstances. It is not something I am proud of or wanted to happen in terms of hurting anyone. It just happened.”

“You have to deal with it and man up to it,” explains Cowell. “You have to accept the responsibility and the criticism.”

Even before the scandal broke, the “X Factor” honcho was having a rough year, spending long stretches of 2013 alone in his mansion, obsessed with turning around the show’s fortunes.

“Did a doctor say I was depressed? Yeah. I mean I knew it myself,” he says.

The media mogul reveals, “You are always looking for the next high from the show and then actually if you haven’t got anyone to share it with per se, or if you haven’t got a family around you, you can go a bit nuts.”

“You can start to live a slightly abnormal life and there is no question of doubt I was heading down that path. Too many late-night phone calls,” he recalls. “Too obsessed with things.”

His relationship with Silverman and the arrival of their son Eric seems to have changed that.

“My life has changed, but I am probably more focused on what I am doing now than I was a year ago,” says Cowell. “Maybe because it puts things in perspective having two people in my life who I am responsible for.”

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