Simon Cowell is a dad after Lauren Silverman gives birth to baby boy Eric

Published Saturday, Feb 15 2014, 08:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Simon Cowell has become a daddy for the first time to a baby boy, born on Valentine's Day.

Simon's partner Lauren Silverman gave birth yesterday, and the couple have named their newborn son Eric after Simon's late father.

Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman arrive at Sur restaurant to have dinner together

© Nomar K/

Baby Eric weighed 6lbs 7oz when he arrived at 10.45pm UK time (5.45pm in New York) at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC, two weeks earlier than Lauren's expected due date of February 28.

Simon, 54, is said to have been beside Lauren's side throughout.

After spending precious moments with his son, Simon took to Twitter to share the good news with his followers.

Simon Cowell announces the birth of his son Eric to his Twitter followers, 15 February 2014

© Twitter / @SimonCowell

He tweeted: "Very happy to say Eric was born at 17.45pm. Healthy and handsome.

"Lauren in great shape. Thanks for all of your kind messages.

"Named after my dad."

Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman out for dinner at Italian restaurant Scalini in Chelsea, 28 August 2013


Yesterday, Simon boarded a plane to the US for the birth and missed Britain's Got Talent's London auditions.

Earlier in the week he had said: "I am keeping my phone on during auditions 100 per cent. If it happens I have to go and dash on a plane."

The baby is Simon's first child and 36-year-old Lauren's second, who already has an eight-year-old son, Adam, with her ex-husband Andrew.

Huge congratulations to Simon and Lauren on their new arrival!

Do you like the name Eric? Tell us what you think in the comment box below!