Simon Cowell: I Thought My Son Eric Hated Me

03/07/2016 at 10:45 AM ET

Simon Cowell cannot get enough of his little boy.

​”​It’s much more fun than I thought it was going to be​,” Cowell​, 56, told reporters at the America’s Got Talent auditions on Thursday in Pasadena, California. ​”​And they adapt to your schedule quicker than people think, or at least I thought.​”​

​He added, ​”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 he hates me. And then after about a year and a half, suddenly​ ​you get this connection​ a​nd they start talking to you. And you can teach them things. It’s an amazing feeling.​”​

Simon Cowell America's Got Talent
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Cowell, who welcomed 2-year-old son Eric Philip with girlfriend Lauren Silverman in 2014, said that he enjoys the little moments he gets with his son.

​”​We like watching movies together​,” he said. ​”Jungle Book we’ve now seen 1,800 times. We’re on to Shrek now. He likes art. He loves animals. But he’s a happy boy.​”​

​Cowell, who will be joining the panel of judges on the upcoming season of America’s Got Talent, answered the burning question that everyone has been thinking: Has having a son softened him at all?

​”​If you get young, young kids coming, you’re not going to be horrible to them​,” Cowell told PEOPLE of his judging tactics.​

“​Having said that, if someone comes out and can’t sing, I’m not going to say you suddenly can. Or ​if ​I think the act’s rubbish, say I like it. It has changed me in my personal life, I don’t think so much in my business life, no.​”

America’s Got Talent is set to premiere at the beginning of the summer. ​

— Christina Dugan

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting , Simon Cowell

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Brooke on

Well, Simon has taken to fatherhood better than I thought he would. He really seems to love Eric….and that pic of him in the chair is ADORABLE

Anonymous on

Of course the first six months is going to be a one-sided convo. He’s still a baby! He’s not going to understand what you’re saying or doing. I’d be more concerned if Eric was a bit older and not listening or interacting with him at all. I have a 5 year old nephew through marriage who ignores me when I speak to him. I try to make conversation with him and it’s like talking to a wall, he doesn’t acknowledge me. That’s more a cause for concern.

Sandy on

Glad Simon has had the chance to have the experience of being a parent. There’s really nothing like it. You go from thinking work is everything to realizing you just want to work and get it over with and straight home to your baby. Greatest feeling in the world and he seems like a great dad. Surprisingly for someone who once seemed so self involved.

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