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'One Direction: This Is Us' Premiere: Simon Cowell Makes Baby Joke In First UK Appearance Since Scandal (PICTURES)

20/08/2013 19:56 BST

Simon Cowell had made his first UK appearance since it emerged he was to become a father for the first time, at the premiere of One Direction's film 'This Is Us', even making light of the scandal.

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Simon Cowell with One Direction at the 'This Is Us' premiere

The 'X Factor' boss was a surprise guest on the red carpet, as he lent his support to Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Liam Payne at the first screening of the lads' movie debut at London's Leicester Square.

And as he chatted to red carpet host Will Best, Simon made a cheeky reference to his impending fatherhood, after it was revealed his is expecting his first child with his friend's wife Lauren Silverman last month.

Simon said of the One Direction boys: "This is like a dream come true... I feel like a father."

Will was quick to joke back: "We won't go there!"

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Simon Cowell on the red carpet

Simon had also dragged along ex-girlfriends Mezhgan Hussainy and Sinitta to the event, who have been at his side since news of the baby scandal broke.

One Direction Film Premiere - This Is Us

Over 70,000 fans turned out to catch a glimpse of One Direction at the premiere, where the lads caused hysteria.

They were joined on the red carpet by the likes of Dermot O'Leary, Little Mix, and James Corden.

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