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