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13th Oct 2014

“I’m Not Exactly a Hands On Dad” – Simon Cowell Opens Up About Fatherhood

"We have really great nannies that are bloody amazing so I don't have to worry."

Rebecca McKnight

X Factor judge and music mogul has opened up about his new role as a father. 

Speaking to Hello! magazine, Cowell admitted that he hasn’t exactly stepped up, saying: “I’m going to be honest – I’m not exactly a hands on dad. I want to fast forward a few years so I can take him go-karting and then introduce him to women. There are a few years to go yet.”

He did say that fatherhood had come at a good time in his life, however, adding: “I’m probably in a far better position to be a father now than I would have been ten years ago.”

“That’s the way I’d look at it. And at the end of the day we have really great nannies that are bloody amazing so I don’t have to worry.”

Cowell also discussed his relationship with son Eric’s mother, Lauren Silverman, joking: “I’m the only iconic bachelor left in the entire world – thanks for that George Clooney!”

“I think it’s a title I’ll keep for a while longer if I’m honest. I’ve never said no to marriage but then again I couldn’t imagine having a kid at one point and now look at me.

“I guess I was always nervous I may not end up getting on particularly well with the person I was going to have a kid with and I didn’t want to make the wrong decision. The fact is, our baby wasn’t planned was actually the best thing for us to have done and we’re very happy now.”

The whole interview with Cowell can be seen in the current edition of Hello! magazine.