Now that TV mogul Simon Cowell is dad to a 3-week-old son, the X-Factor judge has significantly changed his tune about parenthood.
In a new interview, the 54-year-old surprisingly claims he was “born to be a dad” and discusses the possibly of having more children.
Those comments differ greatly from the sentiments he shared in 2009 when asked whether he planned on ever becoming a parent.
“God, no. I couldn’t have children,” Cowell stated in an interview. “If I had them here drawing on the walls, I’d go nuts.”
The producer said he had no desire to give up his playboy lifestyle. “With kids, you’ve got a routine you can’t escape from. You’ve got to be up at a certain time, got to listen, when all you want to do is sit in a corner thinking.”
But in his first interview since welcoming son Eric with girlfriend Lauren Silverman on Feb. 14, Cowell’s feelings have done a complete 180, with the TV personality even revealing he got emotional holding his son for the first time.
Cowell and Silverman
“I actually said to Lauren beforehand, ‘What if I like the dogs more than him?” he admits , referencing his beloved Yorkshire Terriers Squiddly and Diddly.
“She said ‘You’re gonna be absolutely fine,’ and then literally within seconds of him being born, I got it!’”
Now the couple are bringing their newborn, who is named after Cowell’s late father Eric, to London to meet the entrepreneur’s mother Julie and brother Tony.
“I think she’s told the whole village,” the former American Idol judge shares about his mom. “She’s really excited. I look at him, Eric, and I think of my dad all the time, so it’s a really good thing.”
So good, in fact, that Cowell says he “wouldn’t rule out [more children].”
“Well, I got Squiddly and Diddly, and I couldn’t imagine Squiddly or just Diddly…I had a brother when I was younger, so I kind of think it’s cool to have two or three.”