Simon Cowell tweets update after breaking part of his back in bike fall

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The talent show boss tweeted to thank everyone ‘for their kind messages’.

Simon Cowell has thanked nurses and doctors after undergoing six hours of surgery following a fall from a bike in which he broke “part of his back” in a number of places.

The X Factor supremo fell from a new electric bike he was testing at his house in Malibu.

The 60-year-old was taken to hospital where he had an operation on Saturday night, which involved a number of procedures including having a metal rod put in his back.

He tweeted: “Some good advice… If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time. I have broken part of my back. Thank you to everyone for your kind messages”.

A second message read: “And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met. Stay safe everyone Simon”.

Cowell is recovering in hospital and it is understood that he will continue to do so for a few days.


A source said that while it is a bad injury, doctors said he had been very lucky.

A spokeswoman for Cowell said: “Simon has broken his back in a number of places in a fall from his bike whilst testing a new electric bike in the courtyard of his home in Malibu with his family.”

ITV Palooza 2019 – London
Lauren Silverman and Simon Cowell (Ian West/PA)


Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden was among the people posting messages for Cowell on social media.

Just last month it emerged that Cowell has bought Sony Music Entertainment’s stake in TV programmes including Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor.

The move sees the music mogul gain ownership of all the international versions of The X Factor and Got Talent programmes.

The Got Talent format airs in 76 markets, while The X Factor is broadcast in more than 130 territories.

Sony Music’s share of the venture has transferred to Syco Entertainment, a company solely owned by Cowell.

Filming on the next stage of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent has been postponed because of the coronavirus crisis, but ITV has said it hopes to continue the series later this year.

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