Music mogul Simon Cowell, who has repeatedly vowed he will never marry, has given the strongest hint to date that he is ready to settle down and have children.
In a television interview with Piers Morgan - to be screened in March - the 50-year-old opens up on his new romance with makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy, whom he first met on the set of American Idol in 2003.
"I'm smitten with Mezghan, I think she's the one," confesses the X Factor judge. "She's very special."
"You know when you've found somebody very special."
He even discussed the possibility of children in the future, saying: "I think I need to have little Simons around."
According to the Mirror, 36-year-old Mezghan sat at the back of the room during the interview wearing a Graff diamond ring on her engagement finger reportedly worth £250,000.
But when asked by Piers whether they were due to marry, Simon refused to confirm.
Reports of the couple's relationship first began when the Afghanistan-born brunette flew in to attend Simon's star-studded 50th birthday celebrations.
They where then spotted out on a date together at the start of the month, and again dining with friends on Valentine's Day.
In the past, the music exec has dated his close friend Terri Seymour - their relationship lasting from 2002 until 2008 - and American singer Sinitta.