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Simon Cowell admits he is 'fitter' now than he was before breaking his back in bike accident


‘I’m kind of happy it happened’: Simon Cowell admits he is ‘fitter’ now than he was before breaking his back in bike accident as he returns to Britain’s Got Talent

Simon Cowell has said he is ‘kind of happy’ that his horror e-bike accident happened because he is now fitter than ever.

The music mogul, 62, who is returning to Britain’s Got Talent this year, fell off his e-bike in Malibu back in August 2020 and had to undergo back surgery. 

He suffered complications from surgery to fuse to vertebrae, which required him to mostly stay in bed for six months.

Candid: Simon Cowell has said he is 'kind of happy' that his horror bike accident happened because he is now fitter than ever

Help: The TV star hired a trainer following his accident (pictured in 2018)

Candid: Simon Cowell has said he is ‘kind of happy’ that his horror bike accident happened because he is now fitter than ever (pictured left in April 2022 and right in 2018)

Speaking to Radio Times, Simon told how he got a personal trainer following the accident and is now in the best shape of his life.

He said: ‘I feel better. That accident on my bike was pretty horrendous and I had a trainer to get me through it otherwise I’d never heal properly.

‘Now I’m fitter than I was before. So I’m kind of happy it happened, weirdly. It’s like it was meant to be.’

As well as now walking 40 miles a week, The X Factor boss rearranged his work schedule to ensure he only starts business meetings after 9am rather than hold conferences into the early hours of the morning like he used to. 

Injury: The music mogul, 62, who is returning to Britain's Got Talent this year, fell off his e-bike in Malibu back in August 2020 and had to undergo back surgery

Injury: The music mogul, 62, who is returning to Britain’s Got Talent this year, fell off his e-bike in Malibu back in August 2020 and had to undergo back surgery

In addition to his 2020 accident, Simon broke his arm earlier this year in another e- bike accident  when he wasn’t wearing a helmet.

Elsewhere during the interview, Simon spoke about being forced to pull Britain’s Got Talent off air last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The TV judge said reading about the Delta variant freaked him out and he knew taking the show off the air wouldn’t be a popular decision.

He said: ‘We pulled it at the last minute because it didn’t feel safe. I knew it wasn’t going to make me very popular, but it was the right thing to do.’

The star was also asked if he ever watches Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC show that long rivalled his series The X Factor in the ratings.

Simon said: 'I'm fitter than I was before. So I'm kind of happy it happened, weirdly. It's like it was meant to be' (pictured in April 2022)

Simon said: ‘I’m fitter than I was before. So I’m kind of happy it happened, weirdly. It’s like it was meant to be’ (pictured in April 2022)

The X Factor eventually went off-air while Strictly still draws millions of viewers each week, with Simon crediting the the show’s team for doing a ‘brilliant job’.

Simon said that, like Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly has never changed since the beginning which he thinks is the secret to its continued success. 

Simon also told how his work schedule has changed over the years, saying he previously worked through the night until 6am, putting in 18 hour days.

He now has a more relaxed schedule, rising at 8am, and refuses to take calls or emails in the evenings. 

The latest issue of Radio Times is on sale now. 

Interview: The latest issue of Radio Times is on sale now

Interview: The latest issue of Radio Times is on sale now

WHAT IS AN E-BIKE?  

 An e-bike is a regular bike with the addition of a battery-powered motor. When you pedal, the motor kicks in to inject extra power up to a maximum speed of 15mph – the legal limit. 

Any faster than that and you’ll have to go under your own steam.

E-bikes have gears and brakes. You are in full control of the motor and can switch it on and off as often as you like.  

There’s no need to worry about the battery running out, as if it does, you can just keep on riding like you would a normal bike.

Simon was riding a a Das Spitzing Evolution S-Pedelec bike, which costs upwards of £7921 and has top speeds of 27 miles per hour. 

The bike has been described as ‘one for professionals’ as a lighter frame and battery result in no limits when riding uphill or downhill. 

The power pack has an 120Nm torque which provides up to 550% support for your own pedalling performance on request. 

The combination of FOX suspension with up to 160 mm travel on the front and rear wheels and 650+ tyres provides more ease with pedalling uphill.   

On the move: Simon was riding a a Das Spitzing Evolution S-Pedelec bike, which costs upwards of £7921 and has top speeds of 27 miles per hour (stock image)

On the move: Simon was riding a a Das Spitzing Evolution S-Pedelec bike, which costs upwards of £7921 and has top speeds of 27 miles per hour (stock image) 

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