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Simon Cowell opens up about 'ecstatic' new mum Cheryl

by Gemma Strong

Simon Cowell has credited parenthood with making him a happier, more relaxed person – and he is convinced it will also transform the life of close friend Cheryl. The pair worked together on The X Factor for three years, and now Simon has opened up about the new mum, revealing that she is "ecstatic" since welcoming her first child with Liam Payne. The music mogul told the Mirror that he is yet to meet Cheryl's baby boy, but said: "Cheryl seems in a good place. Having gone through it myself it is quite nerve-racking, but this is going to be the making of her. From people I know who have been with her, apparently she's ecstatic so I'm happy for her." He added with a chuckle: "I haven't had the call yet, but I would be godfather if asked."

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Simon Cowell said Cheryl is 'ecstatic' since becoming a first-time mum

Simon is a proud father to three-year-old son Eric, and he said he hopes that the two little boys can have some playdates together. "If I get an invite [to Cheryl's house] I would go round. Or she can come down to the show with him and they can make friends with Eric," he said. The Britain's Got Talent judge also shared his hopes that he will work with Cheryl again in the near future. "We still have a really good relationship and we'll probably end up working together again soon," he admitted.

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"I have one or two ideas in mind. It's just when I get the chance to talk to her properly. I mean obviously this baby is going to be the priority in her life now, but once she's settled she's going to want to be working again, and I enjoy working with Cheryl."

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Cheryl and Liam Payne welcomed their baby son on 22 March

On Tuesday, Cheryl gave fans an insight into life as a new mum when she changed her bio on Instagram to simply read: "Living in a love bubble." Cheryl and Liam announced the birth of their son on 25 March – but are yet to reveal the little boy's name. The 33-year-old singer confirmed her baby's arrival on Instagram, sharing a snapshot of Liam cradling their newborn. "On Wednesday 22nd March Liam and I became parents to an incredibly beautiful, healthy baby boy, weighing 7lb 9 and looking like a dream," she wrote. "Although he still doesn't have a name he is already stealing hearts. We are all madly in love and overwhelmingly happy with our little arrival. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers around the world. A day that now has a different meaning to me forever."

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