Simon Cowell, 61, walks over 40 MILES a week to help with his recovery after breaking his back in a bike accident… as it’s revealed he will return to America’s Got Talent this month
Simon Cowell walks over 40 miles a week to help him recover from breaking his back in an electric bike accident last year, it was revealed on Friday.
In August, Simon was rushed to hospital to undergo six hours of surgery after breaking his back in an electric bike accident, forcing him to cancel all his planned TV work for the rest of the year.
But now the music mogul, 61, is determined to do everything he can to ensure he makes a full recovery, including walking for several hours a day and holding business meetings at 9AM so that he no longer lives like a ‘vampire’.
Impressive: Simon Cowell, 61, walks over 40 miles a week to help with his recovery after breaking his back in an electric bike accident, it was revealed on Friday (pictured last week)
Of his new fitness regime, a source told MailOnline: ‘Simon said how he hasn’t worn trainers as much as this in 20 years.
‘He feels fitter than ever before and is keeping to a normal routine rather than being on the phone until into the early hours of the morning.’
The source also added that Simon would return to America’s Got Talent at the end of March to film the new series.
Injury: In August, Simon was rushed to hospital to undergo six hours of surgery after the accident, forcing him to cancel all his TV work for the rest of the year (pictured in April 2020)
Adding to this, The Sun also reported that Simon was set to start filming the reality competition show as a source said he was excited to be back
Last year, sources claimed Simon was considering legal action against the manufacturers of his electric bike after breaking his back.
The TV mogul and his team were said to be ‘weighing up’ legal options and have been ‘pressing’ the manufacturers, Swindon Powertrain.
Road to recovery: The music mogul is determined to do everything he can to ensure he makes a full recovery, including walking several hours a day and holding business meetings at 9AM
One lawyer claimed that a successful lawsuit could see Simon get up to £10million for medical bills and loss of earnings, The Sun reported.
Last year, a whistleblower from the manufacturers reportedly claimed the £20,000 electric bike an ‘accident waiting to happen’ due to Simon’s lack of training.
He told the publication: ‘It should never have been sold to Simon without him being taught how to use it.’
The former employee claimed the Swind EB-01 bike, which can reach up to 60mph and is banned on public roads in the UK, should not be used without specialist training.
Healthy: A source told MailOnline: ‘He feels fitter than ever before and is keeping to a normal routine rather than being on the phone until into the early hours of the morning’
The source continued: ‘I said to my boss, “Are you showing Simon how to use this?” He said he was just dropping it off and I said, “Are you serious?”‘
The X Factor boss’ team were said to be studying the claims made by the former employee and are ‘pressing the manufacturers’ about the safety of the bike.
A spokesperson for Simon told MailOnline at the time: ‘Simon is understandably extremely concerned for other peoples’ safety in relation to this bike.
‘We have been pressing the manufacturers about this and will continue to press them, including in relation to the claims of the former member of staff.’
Back to work! The source added Simon will return to America’s Got Talent at the end of March (pictured in March 2020 with Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Terry Crews, and Sofia Vergara)
A spokesperson for Manufacturers Swindon Powertrain told MailOnline: ‘With any device, it is important to read the user manual before attempting to operate, acknowledged by Mr Cowell himself.
‘The EB-01 user manual includes a detailed process of how to familiarise oneself with the performance features and procedures to follow.’
They added that they are ‘in contact with Mr Cowell’s aides to progress this’, noting, ‘the company has acted in good faith at all times.’
Simon broke his back in August after falling from his electric bike, leaving him forced to undergo a six-hour surgery to try and fix the injuries.
Time to recover: Simon’s injuries and ongoing recovery saw him sit out of the resumed 2020 series of Britain’s Got Talent after it returned following England’s first lockdown
The accident occurred when the powerful machine ‘flew up in the air and did an accidental wheelie’ after he tried to change gears.
The music boss is thought to have been ‘surprised by the power’ of the bike and knew immediately that he ‘was in trouble’.
Following the accident, Simon tweeted: ‘Some good advice… If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time.’
He went on: ‘I have broken part of my back. Thank you to everyone for your kind messages.’
He then added in a second tweet: ‘And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met. Stay safe everyone Simon.’
His injuries and ongoing recovery saw him sit out of the resumed 2020 series of Britain’s Got Talent after it returned following England’s first lockdown.
Last year, Simon’s BGT colleague Amanda Holden confirmed he’d be back to work filming the new series later this year, telling the Loose Women panel: ‘He is, Mr Cowell is coming back.
‘I spoke to him on the phone a few weeks ago and he feels on top of the world and apparently he looks fantastic as well. So he’ll be back for the new season which we’re filming in January. I can’t wait for it.’
Getting better: Last year, Amanda Holden said of Simon: ‘I spoke to him on the phone a few weeks ago and he feels on top of the world’ (pictured with partner Lauren Silverman in 2019)
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