Simon Cowell says e-bike crash was ‘worse than people thought’


Simon Cowell has detailed the impact of his near-fatal e-bike accident and admitted that the crash was ‘much worse’ than the public knew at the time.

The Britain’s Got Talent creator, 62, revealed he suffered ‘long-term nerve damage’ as a result of the collision and said he is now ‘very careful’ about what he  does. 

The father of one, who is dad to eight year-old son Eric, admitted that he ‘kept a lot back’ at the time of the incident and didn’t talk about what had happened.

Candid: Simon Cowell has detailed the impact of his near-fatal e-bike accident and admitted that the crash was ‘much worse’ than the public knew at the time

Detailing more about the crash to Ok! magazine, Simon recalled: ‘I didn’t talk about it much at the time. I kept a lot back. It was a lot worse than people thought. I had a lot of long-term nerve damage as well. Just when I though the bones had healed, I went with Eric to a funfair and tried to kick a football and it was agony.

Then, a year later, I fell off my bike – and that set me back again. It’s been a long haul but I’m almost healed and I’m being very careful about what I do.

‘But at least now I can actually play football with Eric. If there was one good thing about lockdown, it was that it gave me the time to heal because I wasn’t working on a TV show. I was able to walk a lot and strengthen my legs. I know I was lucky to survive my back surgery. I have a lot of people to thank for my recovery.’

Struggles: The Britain's Got Talent creator, 62, revealed he suffered 'long-term nerve damage' as a result of the collision and said he is now 'very careful' about what he does

Struggles: The Britain’s Got Talent creator, 62, revealed he suffered ‘long-term nerve damage’ as a result of the collision and said he is now ‘very careful’ about what he does

It comes after Simon exclusively told MailOnline that his son Eric doesn’t approve of him continuing to use his e-bike following two horror crashes.

In February, the media mogul was left with a broken arm after falling off his bike, having previously broken his back following a similar fall in Malibu two years ago.

And while Simon has no issues getting back in the saddle, he revealed his son doesn’t feel the same way, revealing that the youngster ‘made him walk’ back to their hotel after spotting him on the e-bike. 

Speaking ahead of the second episode of Britain’s Got Talent, he said: ‘I’ve always been very accident prone! Luckily it wasn’t too bad so you learn something from it. But you won’t get me off the bike.

‘I actually went on one the other day, I was somewhere where I wasn’t on a road and I took my bike with me, and I actually thought, ‘I need to get back on my bike’. Then Eric saw me and went crazy! He was so mad, he made me walk it.

Protective: While Simon has no issues getting back in the saddle, he revealed his son doesn't feel the same way (pictured in 2018)

Protective: While Simon has no issues getting back in the saddle, he revealed his son doesn’t feel the same way (pictured in 2018) 

‘We were at a hotel so he made me walk it back to the restaurant and then to our room. It’s like role reversal going on now, I’m now the child and he’s the parent, it’s hysterical. 

‘The good thing was I wasn’t nervous when I got on it, I really enjoyed it.’

Simon continued: ‘I’m not getting off it! I always say that if you’re going to ride a bike then you’re going to fall off it at some point. It does come with the territory.’

He went on to say that he thinks his bad run of luck has finally finished after his eventful time during filming for the Britain’s Got Talent auditions.  

He mused: ‘In one week I broke my arm, lost a tooth and then got Covid. All in a week. They say things happen in threes so hopefully I’m done now!’

Ouch: Simon was rushed to hospital near his west London home with suspected concussion, facial cuts and a broken arm after his crash in February (pictured earlier this month)

Ouch: Simon was rushed to hospital near his west London home with suspected concussion, facial cuts and a broken arm after his crash in February (pictured earlier this month)

WHAT IS AN E-BIKE?  

 An e-bike is a regular bike with the addition of a battery-powered motor. When you pedal, the motor kicks in to inject extra power up to a maximum speed of 15mph – the legal limit. 

Any faster than that and you’ll have to go under your own steam.

E-bikes have gears and brakes. You are in full control of the motor and can switch it on and off as often as you like.  

There’s no need to worry about the battery running out, as if it does, you can just keep on riding like you would a normal bike.

Simon was riding a a Das Spitzing Evolution S-Pedelec bike, which costs upwards of £7921 and has top speeds of 27 miles per hour. 

The bike has been described as ‘one for professionals’ as a lighter frame and battery result in no limits when riding uphill or downhill. 

The power pack has an 120Nm torque which provides up to 550% support for your own pedalling performance on request. 

The combination of FOX suspension with up to 160 mm travel on the front and rear wheels and 650+ tyres provides more ease with pedalling uphill.   

On the move: Simon was riding a a Das Spitzing Evolution S-Pedelec bike, which costs upwards of £7921 and has top speeds of 27 miles per hour (stock image)

On the move: Simon was riding a a Das Spitzing Evolution S-Pedelec bike, which costs upwards of £7921 and has top speeds of 27 miles per hour (stock image) 

Earlier this year Simon told MailOnline he was ‘a bit of a nutter’ after he narrowly avoided serious injury during his second e-bike crash when he wasn’t wearing a helmet. 

Simon was rushed to hospital near his west London home with suspected concussion, facial cuts and a broken arm after he slammed into the road at 20mph while not wearing a helmet.

The ‘blood-soaked’ tycoon had been riding a Das Spitzing Evolution S-Pedelec bike, which has a basic price of €9499 (£7921) and has top speeds of 27mph.

Simon was attended to by passersby before paramedics arrived, while three onlookers also stopped oncoming traffic. 

In August 2020, Simon fell off his e-bike in Malibu and had to undergo back surgery.

The media mogul was said to be considering suing the manufacturers, Swindon Powertrain. 

A spokesperson for the star told MailOnline at the time: ‘Simon is understandably extremely concerned for other peoples’ safety in relation to this bike.

‘We have been pressing the manufacturers about this and will continue to press them, including in relation to the claims of the former member of staff.’ 

The star overhauled his lifestyle after breaking his back and now has regular sleeping and exercise habits, and he has lost more than 20lbs.

He is currently working on the latest series of Britain’s Got Talent, which returned to screens on Saturday after it was shelved for two years amid Covid concerns.   

One to watch: Simon is currently working on the latest series of Britain's Got Talent, which returned to screens on Saturday after it was shelved for two years amid Covid concerns

One to watch: Simon is currently working on the latest series of Britain’s Got Talent, which returned to screens on Saturday after it was shelved for two years amid Covid concerns

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