Actor David Walliams has opened up about the Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman affair for the first time. Walliams stated that he is so close to Cowell that he was one of the very first people to know about the scandal. He also stated that Cowell will love being a dad.

"Simon has lots of experience with kids. He spends a lot of time visiting children's hospices. He's great with them and will absolutely love being a dad. I'm guessing people don't know much about that. It's not something he does to look good. He wouldn't tell you about it himself," Walliams stated.

"I had this incredible information but it was a private thing. I was good at keeping it a secret," he stated. He also added that he has met Lauren a few times and that she is lovely.

"I'm thrilled for them both," Walliams added.

Lauren was divorced by her husband, real estate tycoon Andrew Silverman, who named 53-year-old Cowell in his at-fault divorce filing. She is already mother to one child -- seven-year-old Adam Silverman. Silverman filed for an at-fault divorce in a Manhattan court, naming his wife and Cowell as offending parties. This deal is reportedly the result of a private meeting between Cowell and Silverman at the Francis S Gabreski Airport in The Hamptons. Cowell apparently financed this divorce to the tune of £10m.

He has also offered child support to the tune of £3m-a-year, which would continue till the baby reaches the legal age of adulthood in America. A source told US Weekly the relationship between Cowell and Lauren is nearly four years old.

"Lauren has loved Simon forever. And they started having an affair four years ago. The relationship began as a fling, but the baby - due in February - changed everything. Simon and Lauren are together. They talk 100 times a day."

Meanwhile, a source close to Cowell also stated that the X Factor boss was also excited about being a dad.

"Lauren and Simon are together and they are working everything out as best they can. Simon is happy and excited and in a great place. He is supportive of Lauren and looking forward to becoming a dad," a source close to Cowell stated.