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FILE - This Aug. 1, 2013 file photo shows Simon Cowell, a judge on the FOX series "The X Factor," during a panel discussion on the show at the FOX 2013 Summer TCA press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Fox and the show's production companies say the U.S. edition of the singing competition won't be returning this fall. Head judge and creator-executive producer Simon Cowell will be returning to the U.K. version of the show later this year. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

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Simon Cowell welcomes baby son Eric

  • Associated Press
  • February 15, 2014 - 2:30 PM

LOS ANGELES — Simon Cowell is a proud new father.

A spokeswoman for Cowell says he and socialite Lauren Silverman welcomed their baby son early Friday evening, Valentine's Day, in New York.

The spokeswoman, AnnMarie Thomson, says the infant weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and is named Eric, after Cowell's father.

Cowell, of "American Idol" and "The X Factor" fame, posted a series of tweets about the happy event. He says the new mom is in "great shape" and describes his new son as "healthy and handsome."

Last year, Cowell dodged questions about his relationship with the married Silverman. But he later called her "special" and said he feels good about fatherhood, something he hadn't previously considered.

People magazine reported that Silverman's divorce from Andrew Silverman became final in New York in December.

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