Simon Cowell has shared a photo of his newborn son Eric on Twitter.

The X Factor mogul tweeted a photo of his first child with Lauren Silverman alongside his "new friends", a stuffed elephant and dog.

Eric was born on Friday (February 14) - Valentine's Day - in New York, with Cowell missing the first round of Britain's Got Talent auditions in London to be there for the birth.

He tweeted: "Very happy to say Eric was born at 17.45pm. Healthy and handsome.

"Lauren in great shape. Thanks for all of your kind messages."

Cowell later added that their son is named after his own father, and said: "I never knew how much love and pride I would feel."