Simon Cowell is a new father.
Baby Eric Cowell (named after Simon's dad) came into the world on Friday at 5:45 PM ET, Simon confirmed on Twitter.
Very happy to say Eric was born at 17.45pm. Healthy and handsome.
-- Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) February 15, 2014
Simon's son with girlfriend Lauren Silverman weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz., according to People.
"Lauren in great shape. Thanks for all of your kind messages," Simon noted on Twitter.
Last fall, Simon joked to Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson that he was thinking of calling his son Tad.
"The first time I saw it, [it] was like that big and I called him Tad because he looked like a tadpole. I still want to call him Tad," Simon said, with a laugh, back in October.
Simon may have a son, but back during that interview with Shaun, he said he was OK with a baby of either gender.
"I wouldn't [have] minded either way," he told Shaun. "But, I kind of knew it was going to be a boy. I just had this feeling, well, the fact that I was calling [him] Tad, you know, that is kind of a guy's name. I just had that feeling."
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