….AND, breaks the “Bro Code”!  More below,

“Us Weekly” broke the story, reporting Cowell is expecting a child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman, the estranged wife of Cowell’s close friend Andrew Silverman, a real estate mogul.

36-year-old Lauren and her husband have been in the middle of a divorce for a while … but still haven’t severed the cord.

Lauren is reportedly 10 weeks pregnant. Cowell is 53 and this would be his first child.