Who would have thought the music mogul would make such a perfect dad?
We can’t get enough of these adorable snaps
Proving TV’s Mr. Nasty is well and truly gone, Simon Cowell tenderly holds his newborn son saying: “I never knew how much love and pride I would feel.”
Proud dad Simon couldn’t contain his excitement following the arrival of Eric on Friday and posted a series of heart melting pictures of the three-day-old on his Twitter account. He told his 9.5million followers: “Now you can see how very handsome little Eric is” as he was photographed gently holding his hand while touching his face as the baby slept.
Another picture, all of which were posted in black and white tonight, showed him cradling his son as exhausted mum Lauren Silverman beamed with delight. Simon wrote: “Mum, Dad and Eric. Now two days old.”
However the most touching image showed the 54-year-old, nicknamed Mr. Nasty due to his withering put downs on X Factor, showed holding his son to his chest as he slept.
Within minutes the picture had gone viral, leading to more than 23,000 retweets worldwide within an hour of it being posted. “I never knew how much love and pride I would feel,” he captioned the photograph.
The pictures also show Eric how has followed in his father’s footsteps already by having a full mop of dark hair
Shortly after the posting the images Simon and girlfriend Lauren, 36, were set to leave the £500-per-night Lenox Hill Hospital in New York to return to their home on Park Avenue. He is expected to stay in Manhattan until the latter part of the week before returning to the UK to rejoin the Britain’s Got Talent auditions.
The X Factor boss named his son after his late dad and gave him the middle name of Philip.
He named the boy in memory of his late father Eric – whose middle name was also Phillip – who died of a heart attack aged 81 in 1999.
However it may have also be a tribute to Topshop boss, Sir Philip Green, amid speculation the high street billionaire could be godfather to the music mogul’s firstborn.
Emotional Simon was said to have wept tears of joy at the birth of his first child on Valentine’s Day, telling Lauren: “This is the happiest day of my life.”