On Feb. 16, 2014, Simon Cowell posted black-and-white photos on his Twitter account of his newborn son, Eric. In one photo, Cowell and the baby's mother, Lauren Silverman, are shown sitting on chairs while Simon is cradling the baby. Another photo is a closeup of baby Eric. And another photo shows Cowell while he is holding the baby, who is sleeping on his chest.
Cowell tweeted: "I never knew how much love and pride I would feel. The last three days have been incredible. Eric Lauren sqiddly and diddly all happy."
Sqiddly and Diddly are the names of Cowell's two Yorkshire terriers.
As previously reported, Cowell's son Eric was born (6lbs 7oz) at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City on Feb. 14, 2014, at 5:45 p.m. EST. In October 2013, Cowell announced that the baby is a boy. Cowell announced on Twitter that his son was named Eric after Simon's later father, Eric, who died of a heart attack in 1999. Cowell also announced on Twitter that the baby was "healthy and handsome."
This is the first child for Cowell and the second child for Silverman, who has an 8-year-old son named Adam with her ex-husband, Andrew Silverman. According to the Daily Mirror, Adam was not there for the birth of his half-brother Eric since Adam and Andrew Silverman were away on a pre-planned vacation.
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.
And although a lot of people think the baby photos are cute, many people are very skeptical that Cowell is really going to change his philandering ways. Tweeting cute baby photos is easy. Being a great role model as a parent is a true mark of someone's character and is much more important than posing for family photos. (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 a 7-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 shows 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."
People looking at these baby photos don't really know if Cowell will really change his ways and become a great parent, in terms of becoming an admirable role model. Only his actions (not words or photos) will really prove if Cowell has changed.
Cowell has a chronic pattern of deliberately hurting people with serious betrayals and infidelities in his personal life. According to several media outlets, including Us Weekly, Cowell was having an affair with Lauren Silverman while he was engaged to his makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy. (Cowell and Hussainy were engaged from 2010 to 2011, but he did not publicly announce their breakup until early 2012.) While Cowell was telling the media that Hussainy was "the one" and the love of his life, he was allegedly cheating on her with the wife of a close friend.
It's easy for Cowell to pay for child support since he is a wealthy man, but that does not prove that he's going to be a great father who will put his family first in his life priorities. Cowell is an admitted workaholic whose narcissism and obsession with his work have destroyed many of the relationships in his personal life. It's easy to see that Cowell's child may not be at the top on his list of priorities since he was working in London (on Valentine's Day) instead of being with his pregnant baby mama in New York. If Lauren Silverman had not gone into labor on Valentine's Day, Cowell would have spent Valentine's Day in London working on his show "Britain's Got Talent" instead of being with Lauren Silverman.
The baby was reportedly due in late February 2014, not mid-February 2014, but it still looks bad that Cowell wasn't with his pregnant baby mama, whom he supposedly "loves," on Valentine's Day. Lauren Silverman basically had to go into labor for Cowell to pry himself away from work in another country to be with her on Valentine's Day. Some people have speculated that she deliberately induced labor on Valentine's Day so that Cowell would be by her side on this ultimate day for sweethearts. After all, how would it look if the media found out that Valentine's Day came and went and Cowell chose to spend the entire Valentine's Day away from her, working thousands of miles away in another country?
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 and 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 Cowell tweeting the baby photos:
From Us Weekly's website:
"Yes so sweet. But in a year or two they will be fighting over custody. And sorry I dont see anything that tells anyone this baby was fathered by Simon. The baby is a day or two old and like all babies looks like a little space alien."
"Simon needs to get a DNA test done....stat!"
"Sweet pic w/baby on his chest. I hope Simon will be a good dad. Congratulations to mom and dad!"
"Simon Cowell's 'girlfriend'? Ha, ha, ha! Snicker, snicker, snicker!"
"Very sweet and glad they chose a strong and traditional boy's name. Enjoy!"
"Congrats to them both on a lovely baby boy."
"Blood test ASAP agreed with poster below!!! Gold digger for sure!!"
"If you look at that baby you can clearly see that Simon is his father."
"The baby is days old, you cannot tell who he looks like, and even still, my son looks exactly like me, and NOTHING like his father, but is definitly his father since I wasnt with anyone else for years, but you cant say the same for the baby mama."
"Hope he keeps in mind that if someone will cheat WITH you, they will cheat ON you!"
"Baby's are such a blessing . They look very happy esp the picture with Simon and his baby on his chest. Right now this family has no care in the world esp the drama that surrounded this pregnancy. They have a beautiful baby nobody can take Thier joy away. Congrats to Thier newborn baby."
"Cute baby and I know he's a newborn and it's hard to tell - but he looks more like Andrew Silverman than Simon. eek! But, I'm guessing Simon would have had a paternity test done."
"She doesn't get a free pass and in the divorce she certainly doesn't get a free pass Simon can't even be around her eldest child until January of 2015 and if he is she has to pay a fine of 50,000 and if it happens three times she looses custody of her son until they go in front of a judge."
"Once a cheater always a cheater. They both disgust me. I just feel bad for little Eric."
From E! Online:
"I have no respect for a woman who cheated with her husband's best friend or a man who had an affair with his best friend's wife. That poor child will come into this world and have to pay for his parents' selfishness."
"What a beautiful baby!!! No matter what you think of Mom and Dad, you have to admit that he is one adorable, precious package. I say package because babies truly are a gift. Congrats, hope everyone stays happy and healthy!"
"The couple look dirty all the time. I always want to vomit when I think about their love story. I feel sorry for the baby and his half-brother."
"ADORABLE!!!!!! Let's hope this little one softens his dad's rough edges:)"
"I DO believe this child WILL soften Simon! He has never known there could be so much love before - his whole heart is full! A child DOES for certain change you.., IF you are ready to have one! It takes ALOT of maturity, experience, money as much as LOVE to bring up a child w respect for others and w morals! I am not worried for "Eric Cowell"! :)"
"Well, one things for sure Simon Cowell will now have to set an example for the precious "bundle of joy" he help bring into this world. It's highly un-likely that he will make a better woman of Lauren Silverman, but the both of them are responsible for the upbringing of a baby, by Simon Cowell's omission, was not asked to born, because the baby was not in the plan, during the time the both of them got together, to do the deed, behind the back of Lauren Silverman's husband & her husband's best friend at the time, none other than Simon Cowell."
"You have my sympathies kid. One day you're gonna hear or read what a wh*re your mother was. Enjoy this piece and quiet in the meantime."
"This woman got pregnant on purpose, how pathetic. At her age, i guess she needs them child support checks."