‘America’s Got Talent’ Judge Simon Cowell Shows Off Drastic Weight Loss After Health Scare

Justin LubinNBC

America’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell is in the best shape of his life after dropping 20 pounds due to a health scare, one that made him realize he is not “invincible.”

Cowell spoke to Extra, in an interview made available via YouTube, and revealed that a 2017 incident forced him to take a good look at his health and eating habits. The 59-year-old music mogul, who will celebrate a milestone birthday in October of this year, decided that it was time to take control of the things that seemed most out of his control — his eating habits.

The entertainment personality’s vow to improve his overall health came after he fell down the stairs of the home which he shares with longtime girlfriend Lauren Silverman, and their son, Eric, in October of 2017.

Extra correspondent Terri Moran asked Cowell about his newfound health, and inquired as to his most prominent craving ever since he overhauled his eating habits. His response?

“Pizza, that’s been really, really hard,” he said.

Cowell also revealed that he never takes a cheat day.

“Sometimes we get a reminder that we’re not invincible and this was certainly mine. It was a huge shock,” Cowell said to The Sun about his fall, and of his subsequent vow to take better care of himself. “The [doctors] think I fainted because I had low blood pressure and so I have got to really take good care of myself to sort that out.”

Cowell has reportedly become a vegan — eschewing all animal and dairy products — while also avoiding wheat and sugar. He now says that he is in a pattern of eating that he finds enjoyable, noting to The Sun that he now sleeps better and wakes up feeling less tired.

Cowell also claims to have more energy and focus than before, something that will benefit him greatly as he carries on with a heavy workload of commitments.

The newer and slimmer Cowell is reportedly feeling great nowadays, and is able to enjoy his life experiences in full. He looks forward to the new season of America’s Got Talent, where he will appear alongside new judges Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union. Cowell will also be joined by series mainstay Howie Mandel.

The auditions continue on the June 4 episode of the series, one wherein talented acts of all types — and contestants of all ages — compete for the chance to win a blockbuster $1 million prize. The Golden Buzzer is back, but there are only four chances left for lucky acts to go directly to the live shows at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. There, contestants will perform in the hopes of securing America’s vote.

America’s Got Talent airs on NBC Television.