UPDATE: People confirms the news, adding that the baby boy arrived at 5:45 p.m. and weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces. However, Simon chose not to release his newborn son's name to the magazine. Instead, he took the honors of announcing it himself on Twitter! "Very happy to say Eric was born at 17.45pm" he tweeted at 7:28 p.m. New York time. "Healthy and handsome." 

Surprised by the moniker? The music mogul had made no secret of his desire to name the little boy Simon, Jr. But he'd also said that he was strongly considering the name Eric, after Simon's father. Aww. Welcome to the world, Eric Cowell!

UPDATE: Simon Cowell is officially a father... and on Valentine's Day, at that! In the late afternoon on February 14, E! News confirmed the birth. Lauren went into labor early in the morning, and gave birth at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City later that day.

The couple welcomed a baby boy, though the little tyke's name has not yet been released. And don't you worry, Simon was right by his girlfriend's side when his little heir entered the world. The music mogul ditched his Britain's Got Talent auditions in London an hopped on board a private jet as soon as he learned Lauren was in labor. No way he was going to miss the birth of his son!

"He has had a plane on standby for a week," a source told the site. Hey, this is Simon Cowell we're talking about. It's not like money is exactly an issue.

Lauren already has one son, Adam, 8, with ex-husband Andrew Silverman. Neither Adam nor Andrew were present at the birth. A source tells the site that he's out on a pre-planned vacation with his father for President's Day weekend. Huge congrats to Simon and Lauren on the birth of their baby boy!

Original story: The stork is headed for New York City, so to speak, as a baby is on the way for reality magnate Simon Cowell and girlfriend Lauren Silverman.

TMZ reports that Lauren headed to Lenox Hill Hospital in the Upper East Side of Manhattan early this morning (February 14).

The only problem? Her Idol and X Factor producer of a boyfriend was over 3,000 miles across the pond in London, where he'd been working on one of his many televised talent shows.

The site touts that Lauren immediately contact Simon and that he's rushing stateside to be bedside! Hopefully he'll make it in time, but even if not, he'll be in the Big Apple for the big reveal shortly. (Granted, the baby's reported due date isn't for another week and a half.)

The Valentine's day baby will be the first for the couple and for Simon. Lauren, meanwhile, has a son with her ex-husband, Andrew.

In fact, Lauren's pregnancy announcement was a dramatic one for all involved, since the press only learned of Simon's impending fatherhood when Andrew filed for divorce in July 2013 and cited adultery as the reason, naming Simon as a co-respondent. July was only seven months ago — so we're sure you can do the math.

But we don't mean to detract from the happy news for the soon-to-be parents. All that drama seems to be behind them, and now they can just focus on raising their latest baby. We already have name ideas: Kelly, Ruben, Fantasia, Carrie, Taylor, Jordin…

Source: TMZ



Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!