Simon Cowell: ‘dads don’t do changing nappies’

Yes, it's 2014 and a survey shows 92% of fathers are sharing all the family chores but new dad Simon Cowell isn't going anywhere near a baby-changing mat...

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We might have seen him (struggling to) fit a car seat and cuddle baby Eric on his chest but music mogul Simon Cowell isn’t going be dirtying his hands with the diapers any time soon.

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“I don’t think dads do changing nappies to be honest,” he’s told Sky News. “I’d leave that up to the nanny. I don’t think anyone wants to do that, do they?”

Well, maybe not. But 92% of dads do muck in with all the family chores anyway, according to a new survey.

Unlike Simon, over two-thirds of dads think helping out is every father’s job – and over 45% of those who took part in the survey (commissioned for clothing firm Jacamo) say they actually find it rewarding.

But the X Factor maven points out, in his defence, that he’s not leaving all the baby-caring stuff to Eric’s mum Lauren (Silverman) or the couple’s nanny. “I feed him,” he says, “I talk to him, I play with him.”

It wasn’t entirely clear who was on nappy-changing duty earlier this week when Simon, 54, took Eric to meet his 88-year-old grandma: Simon’s mum Julie.

Month-old baby Eric is named after Julie’s late husband, who died in 1999, so the UK visit was especially poignant.

Simon also reveals that he does harbour some music-mogul ambitions for his newborn son – who, we hear, already has a ‘body double’ appearing in Harry Hill’s new X Factor spoof stage musical I Can’t Sing

“Obviously, I would love him to come into the business,” says Simon. “Learn to make TV shows, West End shows and records.”

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