Devoted father Simon Cowell has revealed that his biggest worry is outliving his two-year-old son Eric. The X Factor star and his partner Lauren Silverman welcomed their little boy in February 2014, and Simon admitted he has the same fear as any other parent when it comes to his only child.
"Now that I am a father I understand on a much deeper level how devastating it would be to hear the news that your child is unwell," Simon told the Mirror. "Knowing you will outlive your own child is everyone's worst nightmare and I am more aware than ever that it can happen to anyone."
Simon Cowell has said his biggest fear is outliving his little boy, Eric
The 57-year-old spoke about the heartbreaking topic as he announced that half of his profits from the X Factor winner's single this year will go to charity.
One of the charities set to benefit is Together for Short Lives, which supports children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. Simon has been a patron for the charity for a number of years, and is clearly moved by the bravery of the children and the families he has met through the organisation.
Father and son pictured together on a recent holiday
"It's been life-changing for me," he said. "It started when I visited a local children's hospice. I was really expecting to feel sad but was so surprised that in fact it was the exact opposite. The moment I walked through the doors I was greeted with warmth and a sense of optimism.
"Even though I could see how complex the situations were for the children being cared for, it was obvious these families were being looked after in the most living environment, with nurses and doctors who were making sure they received the special care and medicines they deserved."
Simon now makes regular visits to children's hospices and organises special events for the families to help them create as many happy memories as possible for them in their short time together.
Simon and his partner Lauren Silverman welcomed Eric in February 2014
"I like to go to hospices as often as I can and we have a tea party for the families at The Dorchester each year, to give them a great day out to remember," he said. "I count myself incredibly lucky to be able to be part of that and see how happy it can make these truly brave families. Days like that are always incredibly humbling.
"I've met some very young kids who have all sorts of very different conditions. It's the spirit and bravery of them all though – the kids and the families – that really shines through and inspires me."