breaking newsSimon 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.