If you’ve broken your back in a bike accident, you might think that you (a) got rid of the bike and (b) you were nice about the whole situation, but that’s not the case for Simon Cowell,
The music mogul hit the headlines in 2020 after breaking his back in an accident on his e-bike in Los Angeles. He had to undergo surgery for six hours, during which he had inserted a metal stick.
Simon Cowell (Photo: NBC via Getty Images)
After months of being out of action, Simon was pictured in a poor cast earlier this year after getting off his bike again when he took a tumble over the handlebars while riding at his home in West London.
But the judge of Britain’s Got Talent chieftain does not remain dismissive, in fact he says despite the accident “horrific” that he believes it was “intended”.
Simon leaves his home in London’s Holland Park with a broken arm after sustaining another bicycle injury earlier this year. (Photo: James Manning – PA Images via Getty Images)
He told Radio Times: “That accident on my bike was pretty horrible and I had a trainer to get me through, otherwise I would never heal well.
“Now I’m fitter than I used to be. So I’m pretty glad it happened, weird. It’s like it was meant to be.”
When Simon was asked if he would lose his electric bike after two serious accidents, Simon insisted that it stay, saying, “I’m literally obsessed with it.”
Simon is seen on an e-bike in West London. (Photo: Ada Houghton via Getty Images)
In the same interview, the 62-year-old star also admitted that he looks every now and then Strictly Come Dancing these days now that his rival show, The X Factor, is no longer on our screens.
“I do not sit there on a Saturday night and watch, but sometimes I can see something of it,” he added.
“They’ve done a brilliant job. Like BGT, it has not really changed. That’s a great lesson: if you have something that works, don’t think about it.”
Simon returns to our screens this Saturday as the new series of Britain’s Got Talent begins on ITV at 8pm.
Read the full interview with Simon in the new issue of Radio Times, now out. www.radiotimes.com
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.