Simon Cowell Tells Fans To ‘Read The Manual’ Before Riding E-Bike After Breaking His Back

Cowell was almost paralysed after a nasty fall off an electronic bike at his California home.

Simon Cowell

by Emily Watkins |
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Simon Cowell has broken his silence after breaking his back in three places at his Malibu home and undergoing six hours of surgery.

The music mogul was almost paralysed when he fell off an electric bike and narrowly missed injuring his spinal cord by a mere centimetre. He has since admitted he didn't read the manual before giving it a go, making light of the painful accident.

'Some good advice...' he tweeted. 'If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time. I have broken part of my back. Thank you to everyone for your kind messages.'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The 60-year-old, who has spent the past year following a healthy regime to boost his health, was test driving a new e-bike in his courtyard when he fell and was quickly taken to hospital.

A representative confirmed the injury to Deadline, telling them, 'He hurt his back and was taken to the hospital. He's doing fine, he's under observation and is in the best possible hands.'

With the first live show of America’s Got Talent due to air this coming Tuesday (August 11th) Simon was scheduled to return to our screens imminently in his legendary capacity as talent show judge. It remains to be seen whether he’ll be able to film as planned, with Simon’s health undoubtedly his first priority.

Filming for the talent show kicked off on Sunday without him, but judge Sofia Vergara sent her well wishes to Simon on Instagram, sharing a photo on set and captioning it, ' We miss our boss!! Come back fast @simoncowell!!'

Depending on which part of the back is affected and the severity of the injury, broken backs can cause mobility to be impaired and recovery can be a long process.

However Simon has been in good health prior to the accident, having lost 60 pounds in the last year following a fainting accident in 2017. The BGT and X Factor judge creator has been fighting fit and enjoying time with his six-year-old son Eric and wife Lauren Silverman during the pandemic.

Speaking to The Sun in May, Simon said ‘I'm doing a bit of cooking. I'm exercising. Funny enough, more during this time as well, sticking to the diet. The only difficult thing is when Eric orders a pizza...that's the number one thing I miss.'

Here’s hoping Simon’s recovery is a speedy one, and that he’s back on his bike (and dreaming of pizza) as soon as possible.

READ MORE: Simon Cowell and son Eric's cutest pics


Simon Cowell's son Eric cute pics stacked

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Eric with his mum in Los Angeles

Lauren Silverman took little Eric to visit his dad on the America's Got Talent set in Los Angeles in October 2018.

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Eric at the Walk of Fame

Eric was proud of his dad after Simon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2018.

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The family on the Walk of Fame

Eric and Simon were joined by Lauren and her son Adam from her previous marriage to Andrew Silverman.

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Eric and Simon in the dodgems

Eric and Simon were loving the dodgems at Winter Wonderland at London's Hyde Park in November 2017.

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Simon and Eric chilling

Simon posted this adorable photo of his son looking up lovingly at him in November 2015, writing, 'Happiness is a day off work.'

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Simon and Eric on a boat

The family took a holiday in August 2015, with Simon captioning this photo, 'Very cool hat.'

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On the boat with Lauren

Lauren joined in for a photo too.

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Eric enjoying some watermelon

Simon shared a photo of Eric tucking into the fruit, writing, 'Somebody likes watermelon.' Cute!

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Eric with his dad on Father's Day

Simon shared this lovely black-and-white photo on Father's Day in June 2015, writing, 'My second Fathers Day with my little boy.'

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Simon and Eric watching Lion King

Simon shared this snap of the pair snuggling up watching the Lion King on Twitter in April 2015, writing, 'After watching the Jungle Book 1,000 times we have moved on to the Lion King.'

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Simon with baby Eric

The pair sported matching sunglasses in August 2014 when little Eric was just six-months-old, with Simon writing, 'Taking after daddy.'

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