Simon Cowell Talks The Extent Of E-Bike Crash Injuries

Simon Cowell Talks The Extent Of E-Bike Crash Injuries

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By Fiyin Olowokandi on April 20, 2022 at 6:30 PM EDT
Updated on April 20, 2022 at 6:36 PM EDT

"Britain’s Got Talent’s" Simon Cowell previously experienced a near-death e-bike accident, and he spoke candidly about the challenges he faced while being incapacitated.

The unfortunate accident occurred in August 2020, during which Cowell fell off the vehicle and broke his back. At the time, he was testing the bike at his home in Malibu, California.  

As BGT makes its first comeback to TV after about two years since the pandemic, the 62-year-old shared details of the show and his last two years, including the severity of his injuries.

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According to OK, the English celebrity expressed how thrilled he was to be back to his judging duties on BGT after being absent for some years due to his e-bike mishap.

During his recovery, Ashley Banjo, a previous BGT winner, took his place, and Cowell was happy with Banjo's performance as “he did a great job.” Nevertheless, it felt good to be back to his old self.

The last two years have been pretty difficult for the star as he confessed that his crash was "a lot worse" than people grasped.

"I didn’t talk about it too much at the time. I kept a lot back. It was a lot worse than people thought. I had a lot of long-term nerve damage as well," Cowell explained.

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He spent most of his recovery time at home and savored every moment with his fiancée Lauren Silverman and his eight-year-old son Eric. They are both avid fans of BGT.

The music big-shot believed he would be okay for the talent program even though he still wore a wrist brace which his surgeon recommended to protect him from people colliding with him.

He said the wrist was almost healed, but he was being extra careful as he had three more weeks before removing the brace.

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Cowell thought his bones were fully healed at a point in his recovery until he tried kicking a football when he hung out with his son at a funfair.  

Kicking the ball then was a torment, and the following year after the funfair outing, he fell off his bike again, thus setting his recovery back.

It has been a trying period for Cowell, but he is almost healed and can play football with Eric now. Plus, he is being cautious with everything he does. He added:

"If there was a good thing about lockdown, it was that it gave me the time to heal because I wasn’t working on a TV show. I was able to walk a lot and strengthen my legs. I know I was lucky to survive my back surgery. I have a lot of people to thank for my recovery."

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The onscreen personality further talked about returning to BGT after his hiatus, saying it felt “fresh and new” after everything people have experienced in the last two years since the lockdown.

His co-judges David Williams, Alesha Dixon, and Amanda Holden would be joining him in the new season, and he looked forward to giving feedback to them and having the best fun.

The "America’s Got Talent" Moderator Survives Second Near-Death Experience With E-Bike

Recovering from two bike crashes is no easy feat, but Cowell seems to be patching up nicely as The Blast reported that he was seen hanging out at a pub with his fiancée and friends.

As you may know, his second e-bike crash occurred on January 27, whereby he was having a fun ride and fell off.

Cowell appeared to be in high spirits as he enjoyed the pub outing. He also had a huge cast on his left arm, which did not stop him from basking in the joyous moment.

The outlet detailed the electric bike incident whereby the former “Pop Idol” judge had no helmet on as he flew over the transport’s handlebars and landed on the road.

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He was driving at about 20 mph before the disaster when “the wheels suddenly went from under him after hitting a wet patch.” Sources admitted that Cowell was indeed lucky to be alive.

Passers-by saved him from further injuries as they stopped the traffic around the crash scene while calling for an ambulance.

Paramedics transported the bloody-looking Londoner to a hospital over an alleged concussion and a broken arm.  

Following the event, Cowell vowed always to wear a helmet whenever he used his e-bike while also revealing he may give up riding the vehicle due to the second life-threatening experience.

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