Simon Cowell ditched his phone and avoided meetings to find happiness at home with 4-year-old son Eric
Simon Cowell shared that his decision to ditch his mobile phone after fainting last year at his London home also helped to improve his overall mood
Simon Cowell says that being a father has changed his life in ways beyond measure. In a profile written by Piers Morgan that appeared in the Daily Mail, the media mogul, who has a four-year-old son called Eric with his long-term partner Lauren Silverman, said his "happiness level has definitely gone up to a nine" because of his son.
"My life is very different since he came along. It was my 59th birthday last week and it started with me taking Eric out cycling, with him dressed as an alien. Then I bought him yogurt, watched him play in his hamster wheel on the grass, we had a swim and I taught him how to ride a quad bike," Cowell shared with Morgan.
The media mogul also shared that his decision to ditch his mobile phone last year after his fall down the stairs at his London home after fainting helped to improve his overall mood.
At the time, doctors told him it was blood pressure and stress from his insane work schedule.
"Sometimes we get a reminder that we’re not invincible, and this was mine," he said at the time. He explained: "There was one morning a year or so ago when I woke up to 25 unread text messages and I thought, 'I’m really not in the mood to read those today.' So I left it a week and it went up to 200 unread messages... So I thought, I’m just going to turn the phone off for a month and I’ll get back to it then. And I never turned the phone back on again after that day."
He added, "Then I worked out that I was doing over 1,000 meetings a year, which with the phone too, was getting crazy. In my 20s we used to have an answering machine at home and there were never any messages, and I was happier then. Now, if you lose your phone, it’s worse than losing your wallet. I lost one once and I thought, 'My God, I’ve lost my life', but it’s just a stupid phone!"
Not only did Cowell give up his cell phone, in a way, he also shunned social media, claiming that he hasn't been on Twitter since the past 16 months now. "I stopped being on it because when you’re on Twitter you have to be contactable 24 hours a day to comment on anything. Then sometimes I wouldn’t know what to say and I’m thinking, 'Why am I doing this?'"
When Morgan asked Cowell if he connected with a therapist to seek some relief, the 59-year-old said, "No, I didn’t. I don’t believe in all that stuff. Some people probably really do need it. I go the opposite way where I say I’m really not a victim here, I’ve just taken on too much, made a couple of mistakes and you have to deal with it. And I just dealt with it. It’s as simple as that."