Simon Cowell Reveals His “Worst Nightmare” Is Outliving His Son, Eric

Simon Cowell is getting candid about his experiences as a father.

In an emotional new interview, the 57-year-old TV star revealed his “worst nightmare” is losing his toddler son, Eric, 2.

“Knowing you will outlive your own child is everyone’s worst nightmare and I am more aware than ever that it can happen to anyone,” Simon recently told the Mirror.

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Simon with Eric in December 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

“Now that I am a father I understand on a much deeper level how devastating it would be to hear the news that your child was unwell,” he added.

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Simon and his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Silverman, welcomed Eric in February 2014. Lauren — who also has a son, Adam, with ex-husband Andrew Silverman — began dating the former American Idol judge in 2013.

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