Simon Cowell talks to Ellen about being a dad: 'I'm actually happier than I've ever been' -- VIDEO

The circumstances of Simon Cowell becoming a dad were a tabloid editor’s dream, but now that the dust has settled, the X Factor and American Idol mastermind told Ellen DeGeneres: “I’m actually happier than I’ve ever been.”

News broke at the end of July that Lauren Silverman, the still-married wife of one of Cowell’s friends, was pregnant with the reality-TV judge’s child. In an interview that will air on Tuesday’s Ellen, Cowell told DeGeneres how he reacted when he got the news.

“Oh my god, it’s exciting, and [also] this is going to be a bit of a nightmare now for the next few weeks,” he said, later adding, “I can’t blame the media, because it was a really juicy story. But there was a lot of stuff that was said about [Silverman] — that she trapped me and that she’s a gold digger — and it’s absolute nonsense. She’s a great girl.”

Check out a three-minute sneak peek of the interview before Tuesday’s show:

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