The music mogul gave pregnant girlfriend Lauren's father a manly hug before they sat down to bond over dinner
When it comes to attracting stunning women, TV success and making bucket-loads of money, Simon Cowell usually has things his own way.
Meeting the future in-laws, however, is a potentially more tricky hurdle to negotiate.
Simon, 54, and Lauren Silverman’s dad Stephen Davis cut an unlikely duo outside a restaurant at the weekend after a family night out.
First there was the rather stiff handshake outside Casa Tua, a popular Miami hotspot.
Then Simon and Stephen went in for a rather awkward-looking (man) hug to round off the four-hour dinner which also included Lauren’s stepmum.
But despite the rather clumsy public display of affection, it appears Simon must have turned on the charm.
Stephen was overheard saying he loved Simon as they left the posh eaterie, saying: “I love him. The best. There’s nobody like this guy”.
An unbreakable bond
He then went on to reveal they had a charming dinner, including duck, tagliatelle and tiramisu before pregnant Lauren, 36, joked of her dad and Simon: “Don’t they look alike”.
Simon, meanwhile, refused to comment on any future plans, adding he has not yet seen the details of Lauren’s divorce settlement with ex Andrew.
In it, he’s warned to stay away from her seven-year-old son – or she will have to pay her ex a hefty fine.
Simon did however have a pop at education secretary Michael Gove who hit out at him after Si was was quoted saying the secret to success was to be useless at school then “get lucky”.
The MP said his comments were “irresponsible and stupid” and undermined teachers’ efforts.
But Cowell said: “It was a joke. He should have asked me or had the courtesy to ask me. All I was saying was, ‘I didn’t have any qualifications but I did well in life’. And there are certain people who don’t get qualifications and I want to give them a bit of hope that’s all. Next time he should ask me.”
Asked what advice he will give his child with Lauren, he joked: “I will still say go to school.”