SIMON COWELL is thrilled with his adorable Valentine’s Day baby, but a source says his fiancee’s friends are miffed that “The X Factor” honcho picked his ex-lover to be his new son’s godmother!
The 54-year-old former “American Idol” judge and girlfriend Lauren Silverman, 36, welcomed their first child together, Eric, on Feb. 14 at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital.
But Lauren’s pals are stunned that Simon chose ’80s pop singer Sinitta – his former flame – as Eric’s godmother.
“Lauren’s friends are overjoyed that Lauren is a mom again and that she delivered a healthy baby,” said a source. “But they find it a little strange that Simon gave the honor of godmother to one of his exes.”
Making the situation even stranger, continued the source, is the fact that Sinitta, 50, admitted in an interview last year that she had aborted Simon’s baby in the ’80s for medical reasons.
Eric is Lauren’s second child. She also has an 8-year-old son with her ex-husband, New York real estate developer Andrew Silverman, to whom she was still married when she got pregnant with Simon’s baby.
Little Eric, who weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, was named for Simon’s late father, who died in 1999 of a heart attack. The elder Eric had five illegitimate children, including Simon. He married his kids’ moms AFTER the babies were born – just like his famous son may do. Simon previously said he would propose to Lauren after she gave birth.
“Simon’s been great and did all the right things after discovering Lauren was pregnant,” the source added. “And Sinitta will make a great godmother – even if it does rub some of Lauren’s pals the wrong way.”