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Simon Cowell and girlfriend Lauren Silverman welcome baby boy

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It’s a boy for Simon Cowell, who welcomed his first child with girlfriend Lauren Silverman on Friday afternoon.

A rep for the 54-year-old British A&R exec confirmed the good news to People and revealed that Eric was born in New York, weighing in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Cowell also took to Twitter to announce the news of the birth of his son in a series of tweets. “Very happy to say that Eric was born at [5:45 p.m.]. Healthy and handsome. Lauren [is] in great shape, thanks for all your kind messages,” tweeted Cowell, who also divulged that they named baby Eric after his father.

This is the couple’s first child together but the second for Silverman, who has a 7-year-old son from a previous marriage.