Simon Cowell has spoken out publicly for the first time since sources disclosed over the weekend that he had broken his back during a scary accident involving an electric bike. The former American Idol and current America’s Got Talent judge addressed fans himself via his Twitter account on Sunday, August 9, where he confirmed the reports and also thanked the doctors and nurses who had taken care of him.
Simon broke his silence via a statement in two separate tweets after he had six hours of overnight surgery on Saturday. He seemed to be in good spirits and even made a joke to his fans.
“Some good advice… If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time.”
He confirmed that he had “broken part of my back” and also issued a heartfelt “thank you to everyone for your kind messages.”
In the second tweet in the thread, The X Factor creator gave “a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors” and called them “some of the nicest people I have ever met.”
He signed off the message by writing, “Stay safe everyone. Simon.”
The two tweets combined received more than 24,000 likes in the first eight hours of being posted online, and plenty of his 11.3 million followers replied with well wishes and messages of support.
“Sending you positive and healing energy!!” one person responded with three red heart emoji.
“Sorry to read you have injured your back. Get well soon Simon and stay safe and listen to advice before risking your life. Your Son needs his Daddy well and safe,” a third person said, referencing his 6-year-old son, Eric.
Though Simon didn’t explicitly confirm how he was doing in his tweet, his spokesperson told Entertainment Tonight over the weekend that he was “fine” following the incident, which took place in Malibu.
“He’s doing fine, he’s under observation and is in the best possible hands,” they said, confirming that he had been taken to a hospital.
The site also previously claimed that doctors described it as being a “bad injury” and noted that the British TV personality and music mogul is considered to be “very lucky” to be doing okay.
Despite him seemingly now being on the road to recovery, Simon will not appear on the America’s Got Talent episodes tomorrow, August 11, or Thursday, August 13, when the NBC talent search returns to screens following a break in filming due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, Simon will take some time off from the show to focus on getting better.