Having kids when you’re over 50 arguably comes with its fair share of challenges, especially when you’re becoming a father for the first time. At 53, Simon Cowell has never had kids but is now expecting his first child, a son, with 36-year-old Lauren Silverman. The pregnancy was quite the scandal—Cowell knocked up his best friend’s wife—and Cowell was reportedly blindsided by the news that he was going to be a first-time dad.
The scandal has since blown over—Silverman’s divorce is almost finalized—and Cowell has made it clear that he’s going to support Silverman and their child. Cowell has admitted that he never thought about having kids so late, but now that it’s happening, he couldn’t be more excited. That being said, he still has to acknowledge the fact that he’ll be in his mid-50s and raising an overactive toddler. But he’s not worried. In fact, he’s got some words of wisdom for other older dads. When asked if he’s worried about having kids so much later in life, Cowell said, “You can be cool as you get older if you’re (a) successful and (b) you can relate to younger people without acting like an idiot.” He also added a word of caution: “But don’t dye your hair.”
As cool as he might be, there are a couple things this older dad won’t do, like change dirty diapers: “I’m not doing that, 100 per cent absolutely not going near that,” he said. Cowell also recently revealed that, when it comes to money, his kid isn’t going to have it any easier, because he won’t be inheriting any of his famous father’s fortune. “I’m going to leave my money to a charity probably—kids and dogs,” Cowell told Esquire magazine. “I don’t believe in passing it on from one generation to another. Your legacy has to be that hopefully you gave enough people an opportunity so that they could do well and you gave them your time, taught them what you know.”
What do you think: Will Simon Cowell make a good dad?
“Simon Cowell’s baby boy won’t inherit million pound fortune,” Hello! Canada web site, September 6, 2013; http://goo.gl/hcF2eJ.
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