Simon thinks he'll be a soft dad

Simon Cowell can’t wait to do lots of fun activities with baby Eric as he grows up.

The X Factor judge thinks girlfriend Lauren Silverman, who gave birth to Eric in February, will probably tackle the discipline side whereas he’ll be the more lax parent.

I expect so, yes,’ says Simon, 54.

My dad was a total softie with me. My mum was the disciplinarian, so I’ll probably be exactly the same.

I’m looking forward to doing the fun stuff – teaching him to go-cart, watching all the movies I used to watch, the cartoons.

I don’t think I’ll be able to do the telling off. I’m the same with my dogs – I’m hopeless when they do something wrong.

They’re the worst-behaved dogs in the world, and I’ve had every trainer possible for them. But I kind of like them like that.’

Simon fully expects Eric to be quite naughty but he’s up to the challenge.

If he’s going to be like his mum and dad then he’ll be a little terror,’ the music mogul tells Weekend Magazine.

But I think that’ll be fun.’

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