Simon Cowel becomes a father, names son Eric

London: Media Mogul Simon Cowel and his girlfriend Lauren Silverman have welcomed a baby boy, who has been named Eric.

The 54-year-old first-time-father`s son was born yesterday around 5:45 pm in New York, weighing 6 pounds and 7 ounces, reported a leading daily.

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

The media mogul was by Lauren`s side when the couple`s bundle of joy arrived, skipping out on `Britain`s Got Talent` auditions in London.

He hopped on a private plane and headed straight to New York City after hearing that the 36-year-old socialite was in labour.

Lauren, who is the ex-wife of Cowell`s close friend Andrew Silverman, got pregnant with the `X Factor` judge`s child in 2013