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Simon Cowell Gives First Interview Since Baby Eric’s Birth, Says He “Was Born to Be a Dad”

Simon Cowell attends an event on November 19, 2013
Simon Cowell has opened up about fatherhood in his first interview since welcoming baby boy Eric with girlfriend Lauren Silverman; "I was born to be a dad," he gushes

It suits him! In his first interview since welcoming baby boy Eric with girlfriend Lauren Silverman, Simon Cowell has opened up about fatherhood — and what it was like when he found out the New York socialite was in labor! 

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"Phone rings at half passed five in the morning," Cowell, 56, told his ex Terri Seymour in a recent Extra interview. "So we had to find a flight, which we did, and I got there with two hours to spare."

"I held him within five minutes of him being born," the British star added. "I actually said to Lauren beforehand, 'What if I like the dogs more than him?' And she said, 'You're gonna be absolutely fine.' And then literally within seconds of him being born, I got it!" He added: "I was born to be a dad!"

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Cowell and Silverman, 36, welcomed their first child together in NYC on Feb. 14. The former X Factor judge named his little boy after his late father, who died in 1999 of a heart attack at the age of 81.

"I look at him, Eric, and I think of my Dad all the time, so it's a really good thing," Cowell continued to Seymour. The new dad will also be traveling to London soon for his mother [Julie] to meet her new grandson. "I think she's told the whole village," Cowell joked. "She's really excited."

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So, is Cowell open to having more children in the future? "I wouldn't rule it out! Well, I got Squiddly and Diddly," he said of his dogs. "I had a brother when I was younger so I kind of think it's cool to have two or three…two."

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