Simon Cowell’s achieved much in his illustrious career, but it was clear from the look on his face as he left hospital in Manhattan on Sunday with his baby son that his birth was the apogee.
The beaming music mogul held tightly onto little Eric’s car seat while his partner Lauren Silverman walked beside him, wrapped up in a tailored black coat against the East Coast chill, as they arrived at the St Regis Hotel from Lenox Hill Hospital
She looked radiant after giving birth on Friday day; a Valentine’s Day release for The X Factor boss’ whose timing has always been pretty impeccable.
Dressed in a navy blue wool coat, Cowell carried little Eric in a charcoal seat.
The gorgeous little one could be just about spotted underneath a generous helping of blankets, and appeared to be doing what most newborns do… sleeping soundly.
Eric was born at at 17.45 EST on Friday, Valentine’s Day, weighing 6lbs 7oz.
A source told MailOnline: ‘Lauren’s mother and sister were in the delivery room with them when she gave birth. Simon’s mother, Julie, is looking forward to meeting the baby in the UK.’
Cowell tweeted just hours later, giving away the infant’s name: ‘Very happy to say Eric was born at 17.45pm. Healthy and handsome.’
He later added an explanatory note: ‘Named after my dad’.
Many stars across the world have been sending their congratulations to the music mogul and his girlfriend.
Close friend and ex girlfriend Terri Seymour said: ‘I called him tonight and he is so excited. It really is all change for him, but he is ready. Eric is a great name. It is great that he picked that name in honour of his father. It is very touching. I can’t wait to see them all.’
Mario Lopez threw in his two cents too, saying: #Congrats to my boy @SimonCowell & his Valentine’s Day baby!!! Smooth move… Only you could pull that off Sir.’
Music icon Tom Jones took time out from his performance in aid of the red carpet at the Mending Kids International All Star Concert for Children Worldwide In Los Angeles.
Tom revealed to MailOnline, that Simon will be able to mix his workaholic nature with being a father: ‘So good luck to him and his partner and his new child. I think having a child is a responsibility.
‘I had a child when I was 17 years old and you can do both, The Voice UK judge explained. ‘You can have a family and still enjoy being in showbusiness.
He added: It can be done but you have to make sure that you put your time in, and be a loving father that is all you have to do.’
Asked if Cowell’s time being taken up with child-rearing could impact on the TV battle between the X Factor and his BBC rival, Tom smiled: ‘I don’t know about that. Simon Cowell is a lovely fella. I have met him and he is a solid man.’
Nigel Lythgoe told us exclusively: ‘I look forward to working with Simon again on a brand new production, “My Kid’s Got Talent.’
Piers Morgan also took to Twitter to share an adorable throwback photo of a young Simon with his father, and wrote, ‘A young Simon Cowell with his father Eric, who he adored… lovely tribute to name his son after him.’
Source: Daily Mail