Simon Cowell on feeling out of control following parents' death

Simon Cowell on how his son restored his happiness

Simon Cowell says after losing his parents, he was on a downward spiral. 

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 Simon Cowell is alive today, all thanks to his son Eric. 

The media mogul says the loss of his parents negatively affected him. 

Speaking to 'The Diary Of A CEO' podcast, Simon says after his parents Julie and Eric died in 2015 and 1999, he "reached a point where nothing mattered". 

“I think particularly when I lost my mum, I was on a downward spiral at that point,” he said during the podcast.

The 'America’s Got Talent' producer and judge said his material possessions could not fill the void he felt after losing his parents. 

“I lost everyone, you know, I’ve lost my parents. It’s finality now. What I said about the material things I’ve got, everything just meant nothing at that point," he added. 

“It was almost like because of the loss I’d had, I’ve got to find something else to fill it," he said. 

Simon says he tried to bury himself in his work and although he became successful, he wasn't happy. 

"It was ‘I’m just going to be a ridiculous workaholic,’ and I was very successful but I wasn’t happy, I really, really wasn’t happy,” he said. 

What changed in his life was when he learned that he was going to be a father. 

“When I got the call from Lauren, which starts, any call that starts with, ‘Are you sitting down?’ You know what‘s coming next. It was like, ‘Are you sitting down?’ ‘Yes,’ ‘Well,’ and she told me. And yes it did absolutely change, it changed everything in my life. It made me happy again,” Cowell said.

The couple welcomed their son Eric in 2014.

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In other news...

Simon has expressed regret over One Direction.

In a new interview for 'The Diary of a CEO', the 'X-Factor' judge says he wishes he owned the band’s name. 

“The one thing I regret is I should have kept the name… I should have owned the name,” Cowell said.

He added that the problem is that the group owns the name of the band, therefore, they could decide whether to go on tour or not.  

“If one of the band members, for whatever reason, say they don’t want to tour, it can stop the others [from] touring,” he said.

“So, if it was me who owned the name, it wouldn’t be a problem.”

The media personality said he could have also made more money from the band. 

He added, “I could have made an animation or whatever, but when you give an artist the name, it’s not yours — and that’s my only regret.” 

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