Simon Cowell plays proud dad
X-FACTOR judge Simon Cowell, known for his acerbic tongue, is showing a different, gentler side after the birth of his son Eric.
On Sunday, he shared the first photographs of him holding the boy, alongside mum Lauren Silverman.
In a series of artistic black-and-white shots posted on his Twitter feed, the 54-year-old music mogul revealed he was unprepared for how much "love and pride" he would feel towards his son.
With the photo above, he wrote: "Mum, Dad and Eric. Now two days old."
Under a close-up of the infant, he gushed "now you can see how very handsome little Eric is".
Ms Silverman, 37, the former American Idol judge's girlfriend, gave birth to the 2.9kg boy in New York. It is her second child and Cowell's first.