Simon Cowell has become a father at the age of 54. His partner Lauren Silverman gave birth to a 6lb 7oz baby boy at 5.45pm in a New York hospital.
With a great romantic touch that wouldn’t look amiss on one of Simon’s TV shows, their baby arrived on Valentine’s Day.
Just as romantically, Simon announced on Twitter that the couple have named their baby after Simon’s father Eric, who died in 1999.
Simon has previously talked movingly about his father. “We had a fun relationship. He gave me really constructive advice in my life, which I still carry today and pass on to other people. So if I can have the same relationship with my son as I had with my dad, then I think he'll be very happy and I'll be very happy."
We think that’s pretty cute. However, let’s not think that fatherhood has made Simon go too soft – he ended his tweet proudly declaring that Eric was “healthy and handsome”. Of course. But is his baby wearing his nappy up high up on his waist?
Simon, who’s been busy filming the upcoming series of Britain’s Got Talent in the UK, hopped on to a fast plane to New York yesterday (what a shame Concord has been retired) when he received the news that Lauren was starting to go into labour.
Simon had to miss the last BGT audition as, like many babies, Eric arrived 2 weeks before his due date.