Exclusive: Simon Cowell on life with baby Eric and settling down

Simon Cowell has opened up about fatherhood and taking the crown of the world's most eligible bachelor in an exclusive interview with HELLO! magazine.

Speaking at the Shooting Star Chase Ball, The X Factor creator said he was now the only eligible bachelor left in showbusiness after the recent marriage of George Clooney.

"I'm the only iconic bachelor left in the entire world - thanks for that George Clooney!" Simon told HELLO!, before admitting he could possibly be rethinking getting married to girlfriend Lauren Silverman, the mother of his son Eric.

"I think it's a title I'll keep for a while longer if I'm honest. I've never said no to marriage but then again I couldn't imagine having a kid at one point and now look at me.

"I guess I was always nervous I may not end up getting on particularly well with the person I was going to have a kid with and I didn't want to make the wrong decision. The fact is, our baby wasn't planned was actually the best thing for us to have done and we're very happy now."

And he admits that he's not taken on a great deal of fathering duties with little Eric – as he is waiting until he gets a bit older.

"I'm probably in a far better position to be a father now than I would have been ten years ago," Simon said. "That's the way I'd look at it. And at the end of the day we have really great nannies that are bloody amazing so I don't have to worry.

"I'm going to be honest - I'm not exactly a hands on dad. I want to fast forward a few years so I can take him go-karting and then introduce him to women. There are a few years to go yet."

See the exclusive story in HELLO! magazine, out now.