On Friday, Feb 14. Simon Cowell received the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift when his first child, son Eric Philip, was born. Despite not being in town so close to girlfriend Lauren Silverman’s due date, the music mogul has started to reveal a much softer version of himself to the world on Eric’s behalf. Has having a son changed Simon for the better?
Simon Cowell, 54, is best known for the harsh critiques he delivers to young, hopeful, and sometimes undeserving contestants on shows such as The X Factor and American Idol. But now that he’s shown the world that Lauren Silverman, 38, giving birth to his son Eric Philip has turned him into a great big softie, will he think twice before cutting down other people’s children on live television in the future? HollywoodLife.com sure hopes so!
From Baby Hater To Baby Lover — Simon Cowell Goes Soft
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In November 2013, Simon told HollywoodLife.com that “there’s a lot of boring things that happen when you have a baby.” Simon even joked that his son Eric might come out of the womb smoking, therefore inheriting his father’s worst habit. The same man that referred to preparing for the birth of his first son as ‘boring’ is now boasting about his handsome little guy all over social media which makes us think that, despite all of his best efforts, Simon has finally gone soft.
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“Simon is one of the nicest celebrities and one of the nicest people one would ever meet. His persona that you see on his shows is strictly for television. He is a genuinely nice and warm guy. And with this new chapter in his life starting, he can’t wait to experience everything that comes with it. He is completely over the moon,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
As for kicking that smoking habit? Our source says that Baby Eric shouldn’t hold his breath: “Simon will not be kicking his smoking habit anytime soon or ever. He enjoys it way to much. But he will never put his child in harm and will never smoke near his child. It is something he is very adamant about.”
Simon Wants Eric To Know How He Was Conceived
It’s no secret that Simon’s first child was conceived through a a scandalous affair with his pal Andrew Silverman‘s wife, Lauren. The scorned husband and friend was quick to file divorce papers, and soon enough Simon and Lauren were vacationing together all over the world during her pregnancy. Scandal aside, Simon definitely doesn’t want to keep any secrets from baby Eric and plans on telling him how mommy and daddy met once he’s old enough to understand.
“One thing Simon is is straight up!” a source close to Simon EXCLUSIVELY reveals to HollywoodLife.com. “He will absolutely make sure that his son knows the history of him and his mother when he’s at the right age, so he knows exactly the circumstances surrounding his existence.”
Honesty is definitely the best policy, so hopefully Simon keeps his word!
Tell us, HollyMoms — Do you think Simon has gone soft now that he’s a dad?
— Lauren Cox