Simon Cowell Reveals His Parenting Advice for Louis Tomlinson: ‘Just Enjoy It’

10/20/2015 at 08:00 PM ET

Simon Cowell has embraced fatherhood — and he thinks One Direction crooner Louis Tomlinson should do the same.

In an exclusive interview with Good Morning Britain, the X Factor U.K. judge says he’s shared advice with the dad-to-be based on his own experiences with 20-month-old son Eric.

“I just said, ‘Enjoy it.’ If I had been his age and someone had said, ‘You’re going to have a baby,’ I’m not sure how I would have coped with it,” Cowell shares. “But he did call me and I said, ‘When you’ve embraced it, you’ll be amazed how much you are going to love it. It will change your life for the better.’ ”

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Tomlinson is expecting his first child with stylist Briana Jungwirth early next year.

Cowell, 56, says his own world was rocked when he welcomed his son with Lauren Silverman in 2014. He admits parenting took some getting used to.

“I’m great with puppies, I’m not great with babies because a puppy will respond. Babies at a certain age don’t do anything,” he explains. “When he was about 5 or 6 [months old], I was like … I just don’t know what to do! Because he wasn’t reacting to me and I thought, ‘Maybe he hates me.’ ”

The star was advised to be patient with the little guy and, then, “suddenly one day they are talking, listening, responding … communicating,” Cowell shares. “It’s a whole different ball game, and also they become a bit like you.”

Cowell jokes that he isn’t sure if “funny little thing” Eric picking up his personality is necessarily a “good thing” though.

The tiny tot has at least one of his dad’s good qualities — an ear for good music.

“He loves music, and when I say loves it, loves it!” he says. “Fortunately, one of the first records I got on tape of him playing along to was a One Direction record, so he’s got good taste.”

Watch the full interview on Good Morning Britain, Thursday starting at 6 a.m.

– Lindsay Kimble

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Sara on

Yes, Simon Cowell is a joke. One Direction hates him but it’s ok, he can keep lying as if everything was great while he gives The Sun fake articles to try to tarnish their images while he can, they will drop him soon 🙂

Wendy on

Thanks for confirming this terrible, despicable stunt originated from Simon Cowell himself. He is absolute vermin who continues to undermine those who will not bend to his will. A megalomaniac at it’s absolute worst. Soon all of these young men of One Direction will be free from his stunts and his many fake narratives that have been imposed on them through the years. Maybe then, they can finally focus on just the music.

K on

LMAO And here come the teen girls…

Ladies (and I use the term loosely), if it weren’t true, Louis would have called a MAJOR press conference by now. He’d be telling every paper and magazine he could get into that it wasn’t true. Let me tell you what IS true: He was never going to meet you, fall in love with you, and marry you, ANYWAY.

arlette85 on

BAM! K hit you pathetic b..ches with some real scalding hot tea! LMAO! Get one thing straight, fools: He’s going to be a dad. He’s never going to be your man nor the father of your children. Wake up and get over your silly celeb crush! I cannot WAIT for February to arrive; and to think of the heartbreak all the deniers will be experiencing then!

j on

this baby isn’t even louis’ though. everyone knows it so can they please just end this?

Andrea on

Larries are the cancer of One Direction fandom. Wishing that poor woman a miscarriage or claiming the baby doesnpt even exist – awful, just awful

Rachel on

It is astonishingly amazing how many young teens are in denial about this. Even if Louis were gay (even if he is – I don’t know or care), plenty of homosexual men have gotten women pregnant. It happens. And then there are the girls who claim that he doesn’t act at all excited or happy and doesn’t want to talk about it, well NEWSFLASH, obviously he’s not too excited or happy about it so why the heck would he want to discuss it? Doesn’t mean he won’t love his child (things do tend to change the moment you hold your child in your arms), just means that at this point he’s not thrilled at the prospect of welcoming a child into the world with someone he’s clearly not planning on spending the rest of his life with. That’s not exactly everyone’s dream… or anyone’s. And then there are the folks who say, “It still might not even be his baby!” Don’t be daft. Considering his financial/fame situation there’s no way they haven’t already done a paternity test on that kid. And last but definitely not least and really most important, this is not Nazi Germany. Louis cannot be forced to do anything he doesn’t want to do, so the claims that this is all some big publicity stunt from their record company that they’re being forced to go along with is pathetic. Grow up and get over yourselves.