Former Westlife star Kian Egan has said that music mogul Simon Cowell wants to expand his family.

The 33-year-old Home singer insists that Cowell, whose partner Lauren Silverman gave birth to his first son Eric in February, is interested in having more kids.

Speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, Egan said: "Simon seemed pretty excited and he told me he wanted to have another child fast. I told him to give him misses time to recover first.

"The thing about Simon is, it's all come as a surprise. Even when he got his dogs he didn't realise how much he would love them.

"I told him to wait until he has a baby and wait until that baby starts having its own personality then he's in a different place all together."

He added: "I think we will see a much softer side to Simon over the next few years. I think he will stop working as much and pull back."

Cowell recently admitted that having a child has changed his outlook on life.