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Simon Cowell: I want my son to have a British accent

Simon Cowell says he wants his baby son Eric to have a British accent.

The 54-year-old TV mogul, whose American socialite partner Lauren Silverman gave birth to his first child last Friday in New York, says he's keen for the little chap to speak the Queen's English.

"It would be odd me being a Brit and having a baby talk in an American accent," Simon told TV Times shortly before the birth.

Asked if TV's Mr Nasty was ready to be a daddy, he added: "Of course. I'm good with kids!"