Cowell more content in fatherhood
Simon Cowell has admitted he is a more content father now - because his son finally knows who he is.
The X Factor judge, 54, became father to baby Eric with Lauren Silverman in February this year.
He told Radio Times magazine: "If you'd seen me 18 months ago and said 'Simon, back at home now you've got two dogs and a six-month-old baby,' I'd go 'Yeah, right!' It was never going to happen, but it did. And I'm enjoying my life now."
He said that he was happier now that Eric knows who he is.
Simon added: "The first five months were weird. Eric didn't have a clue who I was - I could have been anybody.
"But the last two weeks have been good - he's started to recognise me, and as everybody knows, I demand recognition!
"He's a cutie. I had a really nice day yesterday, working from home, with him and the two dogs in the garden."
Simon said that returning X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, 31, was also "incredibly happy" thanks to her second marriage to French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
"I didn't know Ashley well but the few times I met them together I thought they were more like brother and sister. I didn't quite get that husband-wife thing," he said of her first husband Ashley Cole.
"But this guy is confident and charming. She's changed. She's fun again."
He added: "I can't remember her new surname to save my life. I think she's married someone with a surname you can't pronounce so she will become Cheryl, like Madonna and Beyonce. It was the grand plan to become a one-name artist."
Cheryl said of her X Factor boss: "I'm going to have a word with him about getting married. He jokes about being too tight to get married, but I don't think he is. He's very generous."