The music mogul reflected, “But then of course you have a baby and you look at the baby and you kinda go, ‘This is what happened from it.’ In this situation you are not going to come out of this well because of the circumstances. It is not something I am proud of or wanted to happen in terms of hurting anyone. It just happened. You have to deal with it and man up to it. You have to accept the responsibility and the criticism. All I can say is, my advice to you is if it happens to you, you just have to deal with it a day at a time and own up to your responsibilities.”
He also admitted he is more focused since welcoming his son Eric on Valentine’s Day.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge explained, “Maybe because it puts things in perspective having two people in my life who I am responsible for. There were times last year when I would live in two rooms, y’know kitchen and bedroom, in your house. It is a weird existence when you live on your own. On the phone all night, blah blah blah. Now the house is full of people. It has become a home rather than a house.”
“You can start to live a slightly abnormal life and there is no question of doubt I was heading down that path. Too many late-night phone calls. Too obsessed with things.”
Talking about Lauren – who also has a 7-year-old son with her ex-husband – he shared, “The great thing about Lauren is she loves what I do, so she sits in if I am watching Britain’s Got Talent for example, and she has got a good opinion. And I seem to have got my mojo back again.”
Regarding Eric he said, “There is something about the noise of people around you that maybe triggers something back to when you were a kid in my house. That is probably what I am going through and why I am embracing it so easily. Eric doesn’t cry much—he’s as good as gold. He’s beginning to recognize my voice and things like that.”
The 54-year-old went on, “Everyone said, ‘It must be turning your life upside down,’ but I love it. The dogs are mad and Lauren is not exactly the most quiet person in the world.”
Speaking of his mother Julie he said, “She never thought at my age I would be turning up at Brighton with a grandson called Eric. She would never have predicted it.”
Cowell also talked about naming their son.
He shared, “We were teasing people about the name being Simon. Eric seemed the more obvious choice. Even though Lauren had never met my dad she knew my relationship with him was very strong and she felt quite passionately that he should be named after my dad. I thought that was sweet. We told my mum before anyone else.”