It might take a lot longer than we expected for Simon Cowell to return to the spotlight after his electric bike accident earlier this year. New reports suggest how long it could take for him to recover from surgery after breaking his back.
However, other sources have disputed claims that Simon could be out of commission for several months. Whatever the timeline is, Simon didn’t appear on this weekend’s BGT final like some fans had hoped.
How Long Will Simon Cowell Take To Recover?
According to The Sun, it could take Simon up to six months to recover from his accident. The paper reports that he’s on strong drugs and requires a full-time nurse. He’s apparently been doing physio, walking in his garden, and doing exercises in his pool while he recovers at his Malibu home.
A friend of Simon’s told the outlet, “It’s been a rough few weeks.” They added, “Simon’s a fighter and fairly gung-ho. Naturally, he thought he’d be out of action for a few weeks and then, if not doing iron man contests, at least be back on the showbiz circuit.”
They shared that Simon has had “a setback from surgery to fuse two vertebrae,” adding that it’s “proven more complicated than a standard break.” Simon didn’t end up appearing on the BGT final, even through video message.
“Simon is joking and in decent spirits,” the source said. “But he’s also quite vain and the idea of going on national TV with no studio make-up, and while on heavy-duty medication, didn’t appeal. So, unfortunately, he had to decline producers’ requests.”
Are Things As Bad As Reports Suggest?
Following The Sun‘s report on Simon’s condition, other sources have shared that things actually aren’t as bad as it seems. In fact, they say he’s doing better than expected.
“He’s doing really well and is recovering well and ahead of what was expected,” the sources told Entertainment Tonight. “He’s doing over 10000 steps a day as well as swimming to get his back strong and healed again. He no longer needs to wear a back brace all the time.”
Simon himself hasn’t posted much on social media since his accident, so most of what we’ve heard about his condition has come from friends and sources. Recently, his fellow BGT judge Amanda Holden said he’s getting “round-the-clock care.”