ALISON BOSHOFF on Simon Cowell's recovery from a bicycle accident

Ten weeks ago, Simon Cowell suffered a terrible fall. He tested an electric bike and, after underestimating its performance, was thrown off – breaking his back in three places.

He had six and a half hours of surgery to fuse the fractures in his spine after being only millimeters away from his paralysis.

And now that Britain's Got Talent ends without him and his 61st birthday is quietly celebrated in the family, he's staying in his £ 19million Malibu mansion in the monastery.

Simon Cowell pictured was seriously injured while using a battery powered bicycle. The music mogul pictured here with his partner Lauren Silverman left

The music mogul pictured bought a £ 5,000 battery-powered bicycle that he later crashed

The music mogul pictured bought a £ 5,000 battery powered bicycle which he later crashed

In his absence from the public, some rumors suggest he is bedridden, wearing a back brace, and wearing high strength pain relievers.

According to one report, he is in need of a full-time nurse and is still far from his health. "He's still bad," says a London contact.

The recovery process was longer and more complex than Cowell and his team had originally hoped. At the time of his accident, there was hope that he would be able to work in front of the cameras again at the end of September. He first filmed the finale of America's Got Talent and then flew to the UK to complete the British Got Talent.

Neither has proven to be possible on the advice of his doctors. Instead, the initial "euphoria" he brought through the fall with no serious consequences has given way to an assessment of how daunting his recovery is.

A very close contact tells me: “It will be a long way before he is back in shape. It will take a lot longer than expected as the breaks weren't easy. He needs a lot of physical therapy and a lot of time. It does very little work so it really follows the doctor's instructions. "

Another source explains: “He is building his strength, but recovery is taking longer than we had hoped. It was a very serious injury and they didn't really appreciate it at first.

“There was initial euphoria that he was fine when he felt like a miracle had come through. Then the pain came.

“He was tortured for about six weeks. By early September, it was clear that he would not be ready to physically travel to work at all. He had high strength pain medication but he is no longer. He also no longer has a nurse.

Sources claim that Mr. Cowell, pictured at right, was seriously injured in the crash

Sources claim that Mr. Cowell, pictured at right, was seriously injured in the crash

“Progress has been made since then and he had a three hour meeting on his iPad this week. He couldn't have done that six weeks ago. He builds up his strength. "

Cowell is no longer bedridden either. He sees a physiotherapist every day and tries to take 10,000 steps a day. He also swims to try and strengthen his muscles again.

During this recovery period, he also stayed away from social media. Immediately after the accident, he wrote on Twitter: “Some good advice … If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before riding it.

“I broke part of my back. Thank you everyone for your kind messages. "

Since then, there has been silence – not a word about the BGT finale or the US version – which is pretty atypical for Cowell, a workaholic by nature.

I was told that he has kept up with affairs in his television empire but is only now really returning to work from afar.

Of course, the Covid pandemic means that working from home seemed perfectly normal.

BGT co-judge Amanda Holden said last week that all of his friends were worried about him. "He's fine. I keep in touch with Lauren (Silverman, Cowell's girlfriend) every week. His will and determination to improve is inspiring. He's very determined, he's a fighter. We know he's on none." Case wants to be seen failing or not getting better as soon as possible. "

Ex-girlfriend Sinitta added, “It was a serious accident. For people who love him, like me, it was very, very scary. He took a few steps and made sure he was not paralyzed. But he has to take his time and get well. "

Another former friend, TV presenter Terri Seymour, was at a small birthday party for him last weekend.

On Sunday, she and their daughter Coco Cowell, Lauren and their six-year-old son Eric visited their Los Angeles home.

A friend admitted that Mr. Cowell “no longer feels invincible” in the picture.

A friend admitted that Mr. Cowell "no longer feels invincible" in the picture.

A cute video Terri posted on Instagram shows the two kids singing Simon's happy birthday while a cake is brought in. Then he blows out the candle after first carefully removing it from the cake.

It is a very rare social engagement as Simon has hardly seen anyone: he is very careful. Friends are watching that the pandemic is spreading freely in California and he is naturally concerned not to get sick.

In fact, the accident made it clear to him that he was not invincible. He even managed to finally get rid of his cigarette addiction and is only there occasionally.

A friend said, “He is definitely not feeling invincible anymore and this has been a wake up call for him about his health and lifestyle. He was almost paralyzed and is lucky enough to be able to recover at all. “The fall was of life-changing seriousness. Some in his circle think it might even make him reconsider committing Lauren to marriage. "Never say never," says one.

Why? In addition to the accepted phenomenon that trauma causes people to rethink their relationships, he and Lauren have never been together for such a long time.

Before his accident, they enjoyed family time with Eric. Simon had insisted that Lauren camp out with them in their garden. Until then, she had never spent a night under the screen.

For seven years together, he never suggested, although she continued to hope he could.

He loves her and adores her son, but has so far resisted the idea of ​​losing his freedom (and part of his £ 385 million fortune in case something goes wrong).

Lauren usually spends a week with Simon, followed by a week in New York, where her older son Adam lives. She spent more time in LA during the pandemic. Those close to Cowell say that she is thoroughly decent, kind, loyal, and supportive.

She was an important part of his working life. The deal to get Robbie Williams and wife Ayda Field on the 2018 X Factor jury was facilitated by Lauren, who was friends with Ayda through her children.

Friends claim his next destination is a long break in Barbados. He plans to spend the festive season there as usual with Lauren, Eric, and theirs

Friends claim his next destination is a long break in Barbados. He plans to spend the festive season there as usual with Lauren, Eric, and theirs

Her role in his life has never been greater. She's been his gatekeeper for a while now because Cowell doesn't have a cell phone. Anyone who wants to contact him urgently calls either his house or Lauren.

He dropped his phone long before his accident and said it was better for his sanity to be able to cut communications for certain periods of time. The trigger for this change was when he fell down the stairs after passing out in October 2017 in his London home.

He vowed to revamp the "vampire lifestyle," which involved making transatlantic calls all night until 8am.

He also radically changed his diet and lost 4th place. Cowell barely touches alcohol and is largely vegetarian. His focus now is on being completely healthy and ready to be on screen for the return of Britain's Got Talent in January next year – if Covid allows it.

His next goal is a long break in Barbados. He plans to spend the festive season there as usual with Lauren, Eric, Adam and their dogs.

There won't be any jet skis, however. Unsurprisingly, he has lost his appetite for “boy toys”.

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