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Simon Cowell, former American Idol and The X Factor USA judge, appears with pregnant girlfriend Lauren Silverman in New York on Sept. 19, 2013. The two welcomed a baby boy -- his first child -- on Feb. 14, 2014 -- Valentines Day. - Provided courtesy of Freddie Baez / Startraksphoto.com

Simon Cowell, 54, is a dad! Lauren Silverman gives birth to baby boy

02/14/2014 by Corinne Heller

Simon Cowell is a dad!

The 54-year-old, acerbic former "American Idol" and "X Factor USA" judge and girlfriend Lauren Silverman, 36, welcomed a baby boy on Friday, Feb. 14 -- Valentine's Day.

"Very happy to say Eric was born at 17.45pm. Healthy and handsome," Cowell said on his Twitter page. "Lauren in great shape. Thanks for all of your kind messages."

The child, Cowell added, was "named after my dad."

Cowell had flown from his native England to be by Silverman's side when she went into labor and was admitted to a hospital in New York, E! Online reported, adding that the city socialite's 8-year-old son from a previous relationship was not present because he was on a scheduled vacation with his father and her ex, real estate developer Andrew Sullivan

News about Silverman's pregnancy was revealed in July 2013, while she was still married to Sullivan. The two divorced in December.

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