Simon Cowell became a father to a son on Feb. 14, 2014. According to Us Weekly, Cowell's girlfriend Lauren Silverman went into labor in New York City (where she lives) at Lenox Hill Hospital. In October 2013, Cowell announced that the baby is a boy. The name of the child has not yet been announced, but Cowell told the media in 2013 that he wanted to name his son after himself or his late father, Eric. This is the first child for Cowell and the second child for Silverman, who has an 8-year-old son with her ex-husband.
[UPDATE: Cowell announced on Twitter that the child, who has been named Eric, was born at 5:45 p.m. EST. Cowell tweeted: "Very happy to say Eric was born at 17.45pm. Healthy and handsome. Lauren in great shape. Thanks for all of your kind messages. Named after my dad." The baby was born at 6lbs 7oz, according to "The X Factor" U.K. Facebook page.]
Us Weekly reported that Cowell (who is 54) was filming an episode of "Britain's Got Talent" in London when he got the news that Silverman (who is 37) went into labor. He then flew to New York by private jet to be there for their child's birth. Cowell has told the media that their son will be raised in New York and London.
Even though the birth of their son is no doubt a happy occasion for Cowell and Silverman, they are still facing a considerable amount of backlash from the public over the adultery that resulted in her pregnancy. (See a sampling of comments at the end of this article.)
Lauren Silverman was married to Cowell's close friend Andrew Silverman (a real-estate mogul) when she had an affair with Cowell and got pregnant. (Some people think Cowell should do a paternity test to find out of he's really the father of this child.) Andrew Silverman filed for divorce in July 2013, the same month that the pregnancy was made public. In the divorce papers, Andrew Silverman cited Lauren's adultery with Cowell as the reason for the divorce. Andrew and Lauren Silverman were married in 2003 and have an 8-year-old son named Adam.
The Silvermans (who reportedly had a pre-nuptial agreement) reached a quickie divorce settlement in August 2013. There were rumors that Cowell paid Andrew a considerable sum of money to settle the divorce quickly. Andrew had originally sought sole custody of Adam, but Andrew eventually agreed to joint custody with Lauren.
TMZ reported that under the terms of the divorce settlement, Adam cannot call anyone other than Andrew Silverman his "father," and Cowell is not allowed to be in contact with Adam until 2015.
Although many people in the media and people who work for Cowell try to act like this sleazy adultery situation didn't happen, the general public has not forgotten or forgiven Cowell and Lauren Silverman, who have not expressed any public remorse for the pain and damage caused by their adultery. Perhaps the public would be a little more forgiving if Cowell and Lauren Silverman admitted that what they did was a serious betrayal that hurt many people.
Instead, Cowell continues to acting like a smug womanizer, and he's been whining in interviews about how Lauren has had it hard because of all the media scrutiny on her and because people have been calling her a gold digger. (She should have thought of that before she had an adulterous affair with a wealthy, world-famous celebrity and got pregnant.) Cowell's incredibly selfish actions show that just because someone is becoming a father for the first time, it doesn't mean that he's suddenly going to become a "nice guy."
Cowell's lifelong actions show that he doesn't respect marriage, he is very egotistical, and he certainly doesn't know the real meaning of friendship. According to the 2012 unauthorized biography "Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell," he has a pattern of dating ex-lovers of his brother Nicholas, as well as the ex-lovers of his close friends. Cowell's family also has a history of adulterous affairs and children being conceived through adultery. Cowell and all of his siblings were conceived as the result of one of the parents cheating on a spouse.
I correctly predicted that the backlash against Cowell would play a big role in "The X Factor" U.S. getting cancelled. After the show was cancelled, many people went on the Internet to say that they were turned off by Cowell's heartless and arrogant behavior in his personal life, and they stopped watching "The X Factor" because of it.
There have been rumors that Cowell (who has never been married) is going to propose marriage to Lauren Silverman. Some tabloids said that he would propose before she gave birth, but obviously that pre-birth engagement never happened.
Cowell has been engaged before to other women, but he always ended up breaking off the engagement because he felt he didn't want to go through with the commitment of marriage. He has said in many interviews that it's very hard for him to stay faithful to one woman.
If Cowell does marry Lauren Silverman, most people are predicting that the marriage will end in divorce, and adultery will be one of the reasons. Given the circumstances of how Cowell and Lauren Silverman got together and Cowell's admitted long history of cheating on his lovers, you don't have to be a psychic to see that his relationship with Silverman is doomed to fail. Almost no one thinks that Cowell and Silverman will be a couple for the rest of their lives.
Unfortunately, in situations like these, when selfish parents who don't respect what marriage is about deliberately hurt other people and wreck a marriage, it's the children who suffer the most.
Here is a sampling of the public's reactions to the news about Cowell and Lauren Silverman's child being born:
From Us Weekly's website:
"A baby is a beautiful thing. But ugh their 'love' story is so pathetic."
"I wouldn't even call it 'a love story.'"
"Sorry if I offend any of you guys on this story! But Um, Mr. Cowell, you put that baby in her, and you should be there when that baby comes out! Is he saying he'll be traumatized by what goes down when a women gives birth?! Wow! Man up Mr. Simon ! Be strong! Be as strong as you were on American Idol telling people they can't sing! Lol"
"He's such an a*shat."
"I'm sorry, but it's hard to be happy for them when his girlfriend was previously his best friend's wife...."
"Guess he thinks we all forgot."
"Man up, Simon...you need to be by your GF's side when she gives birth!!!"
"I have to admit I've very curious to see what happens after this baby is born. Will Simon be nicer? Will they get married, or will he dump her?"
"Honestly I feel like this is just a disgusting circumstance. He took his good friends WIFE not only did he sleep with her but also got her pregnant. Have fun explaining this to the child that the women already has. Nasty. It just makes Simon look like a homewrecker. Well he actually is a homewrecker..."
"Congrats Simon on knocking up your friend's wife and prolonging your seed."
"What a coward...and why wasn't he at least with her the last month of pregnancy?"
"Having a baby with your best friends wife! What a joyous occasion!"
"I think Simon needs to get a paternity test after the baby is born, I think this baby came a little too early, and possibly could be her Ex's baby."
"Feel really sorry for this kid having this first class jackazz as his or her ole man."
"I wish we could get video of Simon's exasperated face during the many sleepless nights to come,lol. I can only imagine that will be a real wake up call at age 54 with never having experienced it before... I can picture him critiquing the baby while it cries...'Quite pitchy!! You sound like a whiny lounge singer!' LMAO"
"They are cheaters and it wouldn't feel right to me to congratulate them."
"Oh. lets applaud the bastard child of a man who slept with his best friends wife.. OH Joy! Oh rapture.. what a wonderful day! (NOT)!!!!!!:"
"What role models this child has. The sleep around mother and the narcissist. If Cowell marries this woman than he is an even bigger idiot than I imagined."
"He was humping his best friends wife people. HE divorced HER when he found out. He might be popular but he's a bum for breaking up their marriage."
"Celebrating a couple of losers having a child conceived through their adulterous relationship. This country and the media, etc. have become a cesspool of pathetic cowards with absolutely no morals, values, or standards of decency."
"You cheat on your husband with his friend and wind up pregnant then want us all to congratulate you? I don't think so. I am not sure what this world is coming to. No one believes in committment anymore."
"Lets see how Simon likes it when his child is insulted/hurt by people's mean comments (being a celebrity's child, the kid is going to be scrutinized). Karma, Simon; karma."