Simon Cowell has broken his silence on how he reacted to One Direction star's baby bombshell

Simon Cowell has given his first interview since news broke that One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson is going to be a dad – and his reaction is different to what we expected.

The X Factor judge, who manages One Direction, reveals he was one of the first people Louis, 23, called when he found out he was having a baby with American Briana Jungwirth – who is not his girlfriend.

In an exclusive interview with Dan Wootton in The Sun, Simon reveals: ‘I said to him, “You man up. You’re fortunate because you’re in a position to be able to look after the baby and not worry too much about that.”

‘But I also told him, “I’ve received bad calls in my life but this is not one of them. This is your business but I’m here for you”.’

And Simon says he doesn’t think the news will affect the band’s family-friendly reputation.

He says: ‘He didn’t kill anyone. He got someone pregnant. It happens every day all over the world. Again, Louis has got great family around him and, look, it’s a plus, not a negative.’

Simon’s positive attitude about having a family is clearly as a result of his own happy relationship with son Eric.

The 55-year-old, once considered an unlikely dad, welcomed Eric a year ago with girlfriend Lauren Silverman.

Gushing about him, he says: ‘He doesn’t sit still. He doesn’t stop trying to talk. But he’s getting to that age now where you understand him and he understands you. He’s a little joy.

‘You know, life is interesting. If we’d been sitting here two years ago this would not have been on the “this is going to happen” list. But whatever the circumstances, it happens, you deal with it and of course they bring something extra special into your life.’

Simon also breaks down in tears as he talks about the death of his beloved mum Julie, who died two weeks ago.

He says: ‘She’d been ill for a very long time. It really happened last year and it was a tough tough period.

‘But I didn’t want to burden anyone else with my problem. That’s why I never talked about it.

‘In a way, that was the hardest part because it was always on your mind. But look, I experienced it with my dad and the only thing I can say is that I have incredible memories.’

I’ll never forget the day I met Simon Cowell’s mum – and how proud she was of her famous son