How cute! Simon Cowell is his favourite role yet. In a candid new interview, the 57-year-old X Factor judge revealed Eric is now old enough to be his "buddy" and the two are best friends!
"Eric’s old enough now to be my buddy. We talk to each other all the time. We’re friends and he’s fun to be around," Simon recently told Extra. Aww!
The former American Idol star welcomed Eric, his only child, with girlfriend Lauren Silverman, 40, in February 2014.
Earlier this year, Simon similarly opened up about Eric and heartbreakingly revealed outliving his son is one of his biggest fears in life. "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," he told The Mirror.
"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."
In 2016, the star also gushed Eric is "the cutest little boy!" Simon continued, "I’ve got to tell you, he’s going to be my little right-hand man — anything he likes I like. He’s brilliant, he comes down to [America's Got Talent] auditions and really enjoys the acts. He’s very good to watch, funnily enough, because I can see when he’s bored and when he’s up dancing. He’s a good critic already. He’s unpaid, but he’s helping me!"
"[Fatherhood is] much more fun than I thought it was going to be. [Kids] adapt to your schedule quicker than people think, or at least I thought. For the first six months, I honestly [had the] most one-sided conversation I’ve ever had in my life. 'I’m not getting anything back here.
"Maybe [my son] hates me.' And then after about a year and a half, suddenly you get this connection and they start talking to you. And you can teach them things. It’s an amazing feeling," Simon added in another interview.
Well, Simon certainly does sound like one helluva dad!
This story originally appeared on Closer Weekly.