Simon Cowell reveals son Eric’s ‘dreaded’ dream job - but he's putting his foot down for this reason

The music mogul is dad to Eric, nine, but he reveals why he won't go easy on him and his future career

Simon Cowell, Lauren Silverman and Eric Cowell on AGT red carpet
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Simon Cowell has revealed son Eric wants to 'be in a band' when he's older but he's putting his foot down when it comes to auditioning for any of his talent shows.

The Britain's Got Talent and America's Got Talent judge is engaged to Lauren Silverman with whom he has son Eric, aged nine. And with a famous talent manager as your dad, you'd think Eric would be sure to land a spot on one of his famous TV shows.

While most parents are supportive of their kids when it comes to their parenting styles, whether it's gentle parenting or Tiger parenting, it seems Simon's going to be cruel to be kind.

Simon, who has lost both his parents, has admitted that he's not going to go easy on his first and only child during a rare chat about family life. Speaking on The Mirror's Men in Mind podcast, Simon spills details of his son's dream future career.

"He has said the dreaded words, 'Daddy, can I audition for you?' And I'm like, 'Oh, No!' He wants to be in a band. He likes Green Day," Simon laughed. 

"So, I'm like, 'We'll have this conversation later.' He's going to do what he wants to do."

But Simon isn't going to give him a 'free pass' to perform on Britain's Got Talent or America's Got Talent - he's got to earn it.

He explained, "I've said to him, 'If you are not good, you are not going on the show. And that means you've got to rehearse. Sorry, you have to take a lot of lessons, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.'

"He is like, 'Okay'. And then I think he lost interest, but I think he just, I don't know. He's just up for it for some reason. But if he's terrible, no, you won't see him on the show."

Awww. Maybe Eric should start filling out his The Voice Kids application just incase!

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Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life with more than 16 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.