Simon Cowell was this week said he never “knew how much love and pride I would feel” after welcoming his new baby with girlfriend Lauren Silverman.
Tender photographs posted on Twitter showed the music mogul settling into life as a first-time father after the baby boy arrived ‘healthy and handsome’ last Friday in New York.
And as Jewish fans on both sides of the pond wondered whether there would be a brit this weekend, Jewish News sent Cowell a kippah with the words ‘Baby’s Got Talent’ – provided by creativekippot.co.uk – as well as a specially-created front page as a gift to mark the simcha.
Its main story covers the fact that the X-Factor creator paid a touching tribute to his Jewish father Eric by naming the tot after him, while it also features spoof stories including one speculated that Cowell is set to launch a ‘Rabbi Idol’ contest to select a rabbi to officiate at his little son’s barmitzvah.
The 54-year-old rushed to New York from London on Valentine’s Day morning after receiving news that Lauren had gone into labour, arriving at New York’s Lennox Hill hospital just a few hours before the arrival of the couple’s son and remaining at his partner’s side throughout.
Eric Cowell senior, who passed away in 1999, was previously described by Cowell as a “brilliant mentor”. The Norwood patron spoke about discovering his father’s Jewish roots only after he’d passed away. “I’ve always suspected it but to find out in a newspaper is an unusual way,” he said. “I was delighted.”