Simon Cowell has opened up about his fears for his 6-year-old son Eric. They include the worry that his son will be bullied. Simon even considered this possibility when choosing Eric’s name.
Although Simon himself has been known as Mr. Nasty in years past, he seems to have softened his approach since becoming a father. He’s even spoken out against bullying on America’s Got Talent.
Simon Cowell Fears His Son Will Be Bullied
“Him getting bullied is what I dread most,” Simon previously told The Mail on Sunday of his fears for son Eric. The other fear is “stress.” As Simon explained, “Children are under so much stress – with homework, pressure. I really don’t want that for him.”
“The second thing is bullying,” Simon continued. “It terrifies me. If there’s even a whiff of it, I don’t think I could handle it.” He also admitted that he had thought of naming Eric after himself, but instead chose to name him after his father.
“I do think we made the right call. It would have been too much to inflict Simon on him,” the music mogul explained. Simon has expressed other fears for Eric in the past, including the possibility that he would contract COVID.
Back in February, he said he was “terrified” about the virus, and shared that he and Eric would be wearing masks on the train during their upcoming trip to Disneyland Paris.
Simon Has Spoken Out About Bullying Before
During an interview earlier this year, Simon said he advised people not to read online comments. “There’s always going to be haters out here and there’s a lot of bullying going on at the moment,” he said, “and of course now as a dad, I have a real issue with that.”
Simon also took a stand against bullying when he hit the Golden Buzzer for young violinist Tyler Butler-Figueroa on AGT. “We hear too many stories about people being bullied, but I can tell you one thing. Most people are bullied because they’re better than the people who bully them,” Simon said.
On this season of America’s Got Talent, Simon also told contestants the Spyros Bros, “There is a zero-tolerance on this show for bullying.” This statement might sound ironic coming from someone who has been known in the past for making mean comments to contestants on shows like American Idol.
However, Simon Cowell definitely seems to have changed his approach to the subject of bullying since becoming a father.