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Simon Cowell will be back on his feet in three weeks, writes ALISON BOSHOFF


Simon Cowell recovered in hospital last night after breaking three vertebrae in a fall from a new electric bike.

The 60-year-old TV mogul had to undergo six hours of surgery and had a metal rod in his back.

He must cancel all work commitments for the rest of the month.

Doctors say he was lucky not to suffer any life-changing injuries.

Sixty-year-old Simon Cowell was recovering in hospital last night after breaking three vertebrae in a fall from a new electric bike

On Saturday, he tried the £ 3,000 bike in the courtyard of his Malibu home in front of his partner Lauren Silverman, 43, their six-year-old son Eric and their son Adam from their previous marriage.

He immediately noticed that his back was injured and a distraught Miss Silverman was calling for an ambulance.

A source said, "He was in shock and in tremendous pain."

Sources say he didn't faint after the fall and was able to chat from his hospital bed – even ask for his iPad before surgery to keep up with messages and emails.

Yesterday afternoon he was in recovery, awake and doing well. Lauren waited outside the hospital because of the restrictions of Covid-19, mostly in the car, but was allowed to see him shortly before the operation.

On Saturday, he tried the £ 3,000 bicycle in the courtyard of his Malibu home (pictured) in front of his partner Lauren Silverman, 43, their six-year-old son Eric and their son Adam from their previous marriage

His spinal cord is not believed to be affected and there is hope that there will be no long-term effects on his mobility.

A source said, "It's a serious injury, but the doctors said he was very lucky."

“When he fell off his bike, he landed right on his back, which broke in several places. He was operated on for six hours overnight.

"It was a pretty big operation, he's had a few breaks and had a metal stick stuck in his back. He's fine under the circumstances."

Simon Cowell spends a whopping $ 25 million on the Malibu mansion overlooking the ocean

Simon Cowell spends a whopping $ 25 million on the Malibu mansion overlooking the ocean

In a statement, his spokesman said yesterday: “Simon broke his back in several places when he fell off his bicycle while testing a new electric bicycle with his family in the courtyard of his Malibu home.

"He was taken to the hospital where they had an overnight operation. He's being watched and is fine."

This is his second serious accident. Cowell had previously fallen down the stairs at his London home in October 2017 after he passed out.

He said his unhealthy nighttime lifestyle was to blame and decided to completely overhaul his lifestyle.

This is Cowell's second serious accident. Cowell had previously fallen down the stairs at his London home in October 2017 after he passed out

This is Cowell's second serious accident. Cowell had previously fallen down the stairs at his London home in October 2017 after he passed out

"Sometimes we are reminded that we are not invincible and that was certainly mine," he said. “It was a big shock.

“They think I passed out because I had low blood pressure, so I need to take good care of myself to sort this out.

"After all, I'm a father and I have more responsibility than ever before."

The mogul, who is valued at £ 385 million, began his health overhaul with the purchase of two homes, each of which was more of a family residence than a bachelorette party.

The first was a huge house in the suburbs of South West London that will over time replace its Holland Park Pad in West London and is currently undergoing a complete renovation.

He also bought the huge Malibu mansion – where the accident happened that weekend – for £ 19 million. It has already replaced its Beverly Hills mansion.

The latter, familiar to many from The X Factor's Judges Houses section, was slated to sell for £ 18 million this week.

I was told that he preferred the "more relaxed atmosphere" of beach life and was finally ready to say goodbye to his old bachelorette party.

"He loves the Malibu house so much that he immediately lived there full time, despite the plan to renovate it first," a source said.

The new house he was locked in has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms in an area of ​​10,000 square feet with sweeping views over the Pacific.

Despite his fall, the X Factor boss is otherwise fit and healthy after finding out he's lost a whopping 60 pounds

Despite his fall, the X Factor boss is otherwise fit and healthy after finding out he's lost a whopping 60 pounds

There is staff quarters, a spa, tennis court and a four-car garage.

Cowell – who was once a regular at lap dance clubs – and Miss Silverman have been an issue since 2013, when a surprise announcement revealed that she was pregnant with his child.

Sources say he doesn't have to propose marriage just yet as he can't stand the idea of ​​marriage, monogamy, or the loss of his freedom.

However, he is committed to family life and says that his love for son Eric "goes beyond anything I have ever known". He insisted on camping in the garden on the weekends to get a new taste for family life.

Cowell's representative said, "Simon fell off his bike on Saturday afternoon while testing his new electric bike with his family in the courtyard of his Malibu home."

Cowell's representative said, "Simon fell off his bike on Saturday afternoon while testing his new electric bike with his family in the courtyard of his Malibu home."

"Lauren said the first time (at 11am)," I can't handle this "… and I said," No, we'll stay out, "he said.

Although he still smokes, he hardly ever touches alcohol and eats a largely vegetarian diet – he eschews old favorites like burgers, pizza and sausage rolls. As a result, he lost 4th place in a year.

"I went to see this very famous guy," he said. "And he said to me after doing some blood tests," You can't have red meat, dairy, sugar, bread, or gluten. "

A source said, “He's actually healthier than ever, which is why he tried an electric bike in the first place. At least he's in good shape to recover from.

"We need three or four weeks of rest and relaxation and we hope he's okay for the American Got Talent Final in September and the UK Got Talent Live Final in October."

On a professional level, this was also a time of revolution.

During the lockdown, Cowell entered into a large and complex repurchase agreement with Sony. He has regained full control of his television company Syco Entertainment, but let go of his music label.

Cowell, who had a successful career with Sony record label RCA, has had problems bringing new stars out through The X Factor in recent years.

Out and about: That day, girlfriend Lauren Silverman was seen riding her non-electric bike down a sunny Malibu street

Out and about: That day, girlfriend Lauren Silverman was seen riding her non-electric bike down a sunny Malibu street

Winners like Louisa Johnson, Matt Terry and Rak Su were quickly forgotten. His relationship with the girl band Little Mix, which won the show in 2011, went bad when they finished their last album and they left Syco and instead released it through RCA.

Syco's greatest success was One Direction, which took a break in 2015. Former and member Louis Tomlinson decided to leave Syco this year after releasing his debut solo album Walls in January. Former bandmate Harry Styles is under contract with Sony Columbia label.

Sony owned 50 percent of Syco Holdings and 25 percent of its television company Syco Entertainment, and paid Cowell around £ 45 million in 2016.

As part of the buyback, Sony will stick to the lucrative back catalog of former Syco artists, including One Direction, and Cowell will no longer be in the music business.

Instead, he will focus on his TV shows. A source said: “Simon had to pay a massive amount to regain control of Syco Entertainment. That means he's no longer involved with Syco Music, but it's not in good shape right now.

It makes sense for him to leave it because he can focus on his Got Talent shows instead, as these are his moneymakers. "

Though ratings for The X Factor in the UK have suffered and have been paused this year after a string of poor reviews, X Factor is still showing air in more than 130 territories and the Got Talent franchise has 76 local versions.

Cowell, who had a successful career with Sony record label RCA, has had problems bringing new stars out through The X Factor in recent years

Cowell, who had a successful career with Sony record label RCA, has had problems bringing new stars out through The X Factor in recent years

He created three new entertainment formats and last month told the Deadline website, “I've had to use my brain more than at any other time in my life, both on the current shows we own and the new shows we are doing become.

"I had the time to work on them, develop them properly, and the last time I did or had the time to do that was honestly around 2005 – around the time I was inventing Got Talent."

Cowell signed a five-year deal with ITV last year that saw BGT stay on the canal until at least 2024.

Sources say it is intended to bring The X Factor back in 2021 or 2022. "We still believe the brand is strong," I am told.

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