Simon Cowell Is ‘Much Better’ After Breaking His Back: ‘I Actually Feel Better Than I Did Before’


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Simon Cowell is feeling higher than ever after getting by way of a grueling restoration from again surgical procedure.

The America’s Got Talent decide and government producer, 61, broke his again in August after falling off his electrical bike, and was instantly taken to the hospital for a 5-hour surgical procedure. Cowell spent the next months recovering and missed season 15 of the present, however he is now feeling “much better” and is able to go for the brand new season, he advised PEOPLE in a Zoom interview with fellow decide Sofia Vergara.

“I’ve got to be honest with you, it wasn’t that bad actually breaking your back,” he stated. “I mean it wasn’t great for 3-4 weeks but after that you get through it. I had to do so much exercise now. I actually feel better than I did before the accident.”

Cowell then joked that “if you want to feel healthier, break your back,” and that the America’s Got Talent forged “had a better time without me.”

But Vergara disagreed with that declare, joking that she was very upset he was gone.

“For me I had nightmares, it was heartbreaking to me not to have Simon my first season,” she stated. “I thought I needed him to back me up and teach me, to guide me. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I lost like 6 lbs., I cried myself to sleep.”

Her feedback left Cowell impressed. “I got to hand it to you Sofia, that was great acting,” he stated.

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All jokes apart, Cowell’s damage was extreme. He advised Extra on Wednesday that it was nearly “a lot 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,” he stated.

Cowell, who had been testing out his new electrical bike at his home in Malibu when he fell, stated he “knew I’d broken my back the minute I landed. It was really, really kind of sudden and it hurt.”

He knew that he ought to have stayed nonetheless to keep away from additional damage, however as an alternative crawled into the home to get to his associate, Lauren Silverman. “I’m lying there and I’m kind of passing out,” he stated. “It was surreal.”

After surgical procedure, Cowell’s fundamental concern was how their 7-year-old son Eric would react.

“I was so embarrassed about coming home looking about 100 [years old] because I couldn’t walk, and I have these metal rods in my back and these screws,” he recalled. “I said, ‘Lauren, I just don’t know how to explain it to [Eric].’ She obviously said something to him because he came in… and I was lying in bed and he said, ‘Daddy, you’re like Ironman,’ and I thought that was the sweetest thing and it meant a lot.”

And Cowell struggled with the “helplessness” he felt in the course of the restoration course of.

“I’ve never been in this situation in my life where you literally can’t move. The pain was off the charts,” he stated. “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.”

Virtual auditions for season 16 of America’s Got Talent start quickly, and the “Last Chance Audition” shall be held nearly on March sixth, with the very best acts occurring to carry out for judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel in addition to host Terry Crews.