Simon Cowell shares baby Eric pics

Last updated 10:12 17/02/2014

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Music mogul Simon Cowell's ''love and pride'' is a small bundle of baby joy named Eric.

The X-Factor supremo, 54, shared a series of black and while photos on Twitter today, two days after he became a father for the first time with girlfriend Lauren Silverman. 

He was born on Friday evening (UK time) and weighed just over 3 kilograms.

Eric was named in honour of Cowell's late father, who died of a heart attack in 1999, while his middle name, Philip. is for his friend Sir Philip Green, the British CEO of the Arcadia Group.

"Simon wanted to pay proper tribute to the influence of his late father in his life," a source told UK newspaper The Mirror.

"Eric Philip is clearly a very proper and respectful tribute to the man.

But there's no doubt he also wanted to pay some kind of tribute to another Philip who has been a major inspiration in his life, Sir Philip Green. It's tremendous he's been able to pay respect to two different male role models with his baby son's birth."

Cowell was apparently in the UK when Silverman went into labour, and rushed over to be by her side as soon as he could.

The media mogul's mother Julie Brett, 87, was said to be deeply moved at the tribute to her late husband.

"It was an incredible and emotional day. Simon was by Lauren's side the entire time from when he arrived. He admitted he was a little nervous before but when it came to it he was completely natural," the source added.

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