It was quite a lovely Valentine’s Day for Simon Cowell this year! The X Factor judge became a dad for the very first time when girlfriend Lauren Silverman gave birth to a son, whom they have named Eric. Cowell announced the happy news in a series of Tweets, and shared that baby Eric was named after Cowell’s own dad.
Simon Cowell is adjusting to the idea of being a dad, but in a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest, the former X-Factor judge made it clear that daddy-duty does not extend to the delivery room. When asked if he planned to be with girlfriend Lauren Silverman during the delivery of their baby (rumored to be a son), Cowell responded with his characteristic frankness, “Are you out of your mind? … I’ll be very close by, but no.” Baby will be the first for Cowell but the second for Silverman, who’s mom to 7-year-old Adam.
Simon Cowell is no stranger to controversy — his bluntness as a judge on the popular American Idol and X Factor series often landed him in the headlines — and that trait is following him to his personal life. Cowell is expecting his first baby with Lauren Silverman, a relationship that again landed Cowell in the headlines. The latest news, however, is purely happy: the couple are reported to be expecting a son.