Simon Cowell on affair: "You have to accept responsibility"

Apr 8, 2014 at 3:54 p.m. ET

It's amazing how much Simon Cowell's life has changed in the last year. He talks about his affair and his new family.

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Now that his girlfriend's divorce is settled and his son, Eric, has arrived, Simon Cowell is opening up about his affair with his friend's wife. A new interview with the U.K.'s Mirror reveals a rather introspective Cowell.

He shared his thoughts on the betrayal. "It is not something I am proud of or wanted to happen in terms of hurting anyone. It just happened. You have to deal with it and man up to it."

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Last summer, it was revealed by Us Weekly that the former American Idol judge was expecting a baby with Lauren Silverman, who happened to be married to Cowell's friend Andrew Silverman. The Silvermans have one 7-year-old son together.

The 54-year-old TV personality continued, "You have to accept the responsibility and the criticism. All I can say is, my advice to you is if it happens to you, you just have to deal with it a day at a time and own up to your responsibilities."

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For Cowell, the fresh start gained him a family, which has changed his entire outlook on life.

He said, "Maybe because it puts things in perspective having two people in my life who I am responsible for. There were times last year when I would live in two rooms — y'know, kitchen and bedroom, in your house. It is a weird existence when you live on your own. On the phone all night, blah blah blah. Now the house is full of people. It has become a home rather than a house."

While the music mogul is back on Britain's Got Talent, he does understand that his reputation took a bit of hit because of the choices he made. However, he explained that he doesn't regret it happened.

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