Simon Cowell knows how lucky he is after breaking his back in last August. “It could have been a lot worse,” he said in a recent interview. “When I saw the X-ray, I really nearly could have smashed my spine to pieces, so I literally wouldn’t have been able to walk.”
Thankfully, the caustic Brit is much better. “I’ve got to be honest with you, it wasn’t that bad actually breaking your back,” he said. “I mean it wasn’t great for [three to four] weeks, but after that you get through it. I had to do so much exercise now. I actually feel better than I did before the accident.” Simon credits his girlfriend, Lauren Silverman and their seven-year-old son, Eric, for helping him get through it. As a result, he says they’ve all grown closer.
Simon was concerned about his little boy’s reaction. “I was so embarrassed about coming home looking about 100 [years old] because I couldn’t walk, and I have these metal rods in my back and these screws,” he recalled. “I said, ‘Lauren, I just don’t know how to explain it to [Eric].’ She obviously said something to him because he came in… and I was lying in bed and he said, ‘Daddy, you’re like Ironman,’ and I thought that was the sweetest thing and it meant a lot.”