Simon Cowell 'so close to living rest of life in wheelchair' after bike crash

Simon Cowell has opened up further about the bike crash which required six hours of extensive surgery.

The media mogul, 63, was rushed to hospital in 2020 after falling off his electronic bike in Malibu, California and had a metal rod inserted in his back.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge has now said the horrific incident gave him a ‘completely different outlook’ on life and revealed he nearly needed to use a wheelchair.

Simon explained: ‘I was so close to living the rest of my life in a wheelchair.

‘It gives you a completely different outlook on life. In a positive way.

‘It hurt — trust me — when it ­happened, but good things happened off the back of it.’

The X Factor creator continued to The Sun that he had overhauled his lifestyle, including ditching his heavy cigarette habit.

He explained: There is that moment when something like this happens — a big accident — and you are lying there and you’re completely helpless. It’s the worst feeling in the world.

‘At that point you realise that health is more important than ­anything else.

‘So I’m trying to find whatever that perfect balance is. Now there has to be a cut-off.’

Simon suffered a second bike crash earlier this year in London which left him with a broken arm and a suspected concussion.

Speaking to the Mail Online, he said after the accident: ‘I’m OK. I’m feeling much better thank you. It happened just round the corner.

‘I’m a bit of a nutter. I’ll definitely wear a helmet next time.’

Britain’s Got Talent returns on Saturday at 8pm on ITV and ITVX.

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