Simon Cowell has revealed he was “one millimeter” away from cutting his back in half in his electric bike accident last year.
The music mogul, 61, broke his back in August after falling from his electric bike, forcing him to undergo six-hour surgery to try to repair his injuries.
Speaking at an event to promote America’s Got Talent on Friday, The Mirror reports that he admitted he felt “lucky” that he didn’t hurt himself more seriously than him, and also claimed that the accident meant he “hadn’t had Covid” because he might not be traveling.
“I was a millimeter away from cutting it in half!” Simon Cowell admitted on Friday that he felt “lucky” that he did not worsen his injuries when he broke his back in a bicycle accident last year.
Simon explained: “I was a millimeter away from cutting my back in half. So I consider myself lucky.
“Oddly, it was a good thing that happened. I didn’t have Covid because I couldn’t travel and probably would have done my fair share last year.
The accident happened when the powerful electric bike he was using “flew into the air and accidentally pitched up” after trying to change gears.
Reflection: Simon added, “Oddly, it was a good thing that happened. I didn’t catch Covid because I couldn’t travel and probably would have done my fair share last year ‘
The music boss is believed to have been “taken aback by the power” of the bike and immediately knew he “was in trouble”.
After the accident, Simon tweeted: “Some great advice… If you are buying an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time. “
He continued, “I broke part of my back. Thank you all for your kind messages. ‘
He then added in a second tweet: “And a big thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met. Everyone stay safe, Simon.
Painful: Simon broke his back in August after falling from his e-bike, forcing him to undergo six-hour surgery to try to repair the injuries
His injuries and continued recovery saw him sit out of The revival of Britain’s Got Talent’s 2020 series following its return after England’s first lockdown, it will return to the U.S. version of the show in June.
In December last year, sources claimed that Simon was considering legal action against the makers of his electric bicycle after breaking his back.
The television mogul and his team are said to have “weighed” the legal options and “put pressure” on the manufacturers, Swindon Powertrain.
A lawyer has claimed that a successful lawsuit could see Simon getting up to £ 10million for medical bills and lost earnings, The Sun reported.
Scary: The music boss is thought to have been ‘surprised at the power’ of the bike and immediately knew he ‘was in trouble’ when he started it
Last year, a manufacturers whistleblower reportedly declared the £ 20,000 electric bike a ‘imminent accident’ due to Simon’s lack of training.
He told the publication: “It should never have been sold to Simon without teaching him how to use it. “
The former employee claimed that the Swind EB-01 bicycle, which can reach up to 60 mph and is prohibited on public roads in the UK, should not be used without specialist training.
The source continued: “I said to my boss, ‘Are you showing Simon how to use this? He said he had just dropped him off and I said, ‘Are you serious? ”
On the mend: Simon’s injuries saw him sit out of Britain’s Got Talent’s 2020 series revival after returning after England’s first lockdown, but he will return to AGT in June
The X Factor boss’s team is investigating the former employee’s claims and “lobbying the manufacturers” about bike safety.
A spokesperson for Simon told MailOnline: “Simon is understandably extremely concerned about the safety of others in relation to this bike.
“We have been lobbying the manufacturers on this and will continue to lobby them, including with regard to the claims of the former staff member. ”
A spokesperson for Manufacturers Swindon Powertrain told MailOnline: “With any device, it’s important to read the user manual before trying to use it,” Cowell himself admitted.
“The EB-01 user manual includes a detailed process for becoming familiar with the performance functions and the procedures to be followed. “
They added that they are ‘in contact with Mr. Cowell’s assistants to move this forward, ‘noting,’ the company has always acted in good faith.
Legal action: In December last year, sources claimed Simon was considering legal action against the makers of his electric bike after breaking his back (pictured in 2014)