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Simon Cowell is feeling better than ever after a strenuous recovery from back surgery.
The America’s Got Talent The 61-year-old judge and executive producer broke his back in August after falling off his electric bike and was immediately rushed to hospital for a 5-hour operation. Cowell spent the following months recovering and missing season 15 of the show, but now he’s feeling “a lot better” and ready for the new season, he told PEOPLE in a Zoom interview with fellow judge Sofia Vergara .
“I have to be honest with you, breaking your back wasn’t that bad,” he said. “I mean, it wasn’t great for 3-4 weeks, but after that you get through. I’ve had so much exercise now. I actually feel better than before the accident.”
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Cowell then joked that “if you want to feel healthier, break your back” and that that America’s Got Talent Cast “had a better time without me.”
But Vergara disagreed with this claim and joked that she was very upset that he was gone.
“I’ve had nightmares for me, it was heartbreaking for me not to have Simon on my first season,” she said. “I thought I needed him to support me and teach me to guide me. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I lost like 6 pounds. I cried myself to sleep.”
Your comments left Cowell impressed. “I have to give it to you Sofia, that was great,” he said.
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Aside from all jokes, Cowell’s injury was severe. He said extra on Wednesday it was almost “much worse”.
“When I saw the X-ray, I almost smashed my spine to pieces so I literally couldn’t have walked,” he said.
Cowell, who was testing his new electric bike at his Malibu home when it fell, said he “knew I had broken my back when I landed. It was really, really sudden and it hurt.”
He knew to keep quiet to avoid further injury, but instead crawled inside to get to his partner, Lauren Silverman. “I lie there and pass out,” he said. “It was surreal.”
After the surgery, Cowell’s main concern was how her 7-year-old son Eric would react.
“I was so embarrassed to come home and look for about 100 [years old] because I couldn’t walk and have those metal bars in my back and those screws, “he remembered.” I said, “Lauren, I just don’t know how to explain it [Eric]. ‘She obviously said something to him because he came in … and I was in bed and he said, “Dad, you’re like Iron Man,” and I thought that was the cutest and it meant a lot. “
And Cowell struggled with the “helplessness” he felt during the recovery process.
“I’ve never been in a situation in my life where you literally can’t move. The pain was off the charts,” he said. “But you have to stay positive … I made a promise to myself that I would be fitter than before the accident. Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened.”
Virtual auditions for the 16th season of America’s Got Talent Get started soon and the Last Chance Audition will be practically on March 6th. The best acts are performed for judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel as well as for Terry Crews.