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Simon Cowell Would Encourage Son Eric To Leave School At 16 If He Wanted To Work Instead

'100% I would encourage him.'

02/11/2016 09:48

Simon Cowell won’t stand in his son’s way if he wants to quit school at 16.

The 57-year-old, who is dad to two-year-old Eric with his partner Lauren Silverman, said he’d encourage his son to work for him instead.

“I’d say to Eric leave at 16 if you want to work, 100% I would encourage him,” the ‘X Factor’ judge said during an interview on BBC Radio 2.

“I don’t understand why you want to torture someone to be somewhere where they don’t want to be.”

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Cowell said he’d be able to relate to his son because he “wasn’t particularly academic” himself and found school tedious. 

“I made up my mind then: ‘When I’m 16, I’m out,’” he added. 

Eric seems to be following in his dad’s footsteps in terms of looks, perhaps Cowell’s “mini me” will head into the music industry, too?

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Cowell was speaking ahead of his show, ‘It’s a Yes From Me — The Simon Cowell Story’ on Radio 2 on Friday 4 November at 10pm. 

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