Simon Cowell — ‘I’m Proud to Be a Dad’

Breaking News 0820_simon_cowell_lauren_silverman_gettySimon Cowell is finally coming to terms with fatherhood … saying he feels “good” about the fetus growing inside Lauren Silverman … and adding, “I”m proud to be a dad.”

Cowell made the comments to BBC — the first time he”s really addressed the runaway sperm that knocked up the New York socialite.

“Things are changing in my life for the better,” Simon said … adding, “[Silverman] is a very special girl.”

The 53-year-old gazillionaire says he”s changed his outlook on parenthood in the past few months and insinuated that he wasn”t always so keen on the idea … explaining, “Now I know I feel good about it.”

So far, no word on when the baby is due.