Simon Cowell has detailed his horrific accident last year when he broke his back after falling off an electric bike at his home in Malibu.
He was unable to continue with his TV commitments and was forced to miss the 2020 series of both Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent.
Recalling his injury, the TV star told Extra that he knew as soon as he fell that his back was broken as it was ‘really kind of sudden and it hurt’.
However he added that it could have been worse.
‘When I saw the X-ray, I really nearly could have smashed my spine to pieces, so I literally wouldn’t have been able to walk’ Simon said.
Simon, 61, explained that his first instinct after the ‘surreal’ accident was to try and get back to his house, even though he knew it was best not to move.
He made it inside and into his bedroom where he was ‘lying there and I’m kind of passing out’.
Asked what was the toughest part of his road to recovery, the music mogul said: The helplessness. I’ve never been in this situation in my life where you literally can’t move.
‘The pain was off the charts… But you’ve got to stay positive… I made a promise to myself I’d be fitter than I was before I had the accident. Sure enough, that’s what happened.’
According to his close friend Sinitta, Simon underwent pool therapy and walked five miles a day to get him mobile again.
‘He’s got one of those watches that measures every step,’ the former singer told The Sun.
‘He’s still having a lot of physiotherapy, seeing great doctors and doing non weight bearing pool work especially for spinal injuries.’
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