You’d think two near-death accidents would scare him off bikes completely. But that's not the case for Simon Cowell.
The 62-year-old entertainment mogul is back in the saddle – with a brace on his arm – two months after he crashed his electric bike for the second time.
"That expression ‘get back on your bike’ – with me, it was literal," Simon says.
"I was cycling the last couple of days," he reveals.
Simon hasn't had the best of luck with e-bikes, though.
In August 2020, he broke his back in three places while riding a $20 000 (R300 000) motorised bike near his Malibu mansion in Los Angeles.
The former American Idol judge underwent a six-hour operation to have a metal rod inserted into his back to repair his spine.
In January he survived his second e-bike crash in 18 months.
Simon was rushed to hospital after he was flung off his motorised bike which was moving at 32km/h.
He was reportedly not wearing a helmet.
He was discharged from hospital the next day following treatment for a broken arm and a suspected concussion.
"I was lucky both times," he says.
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Simon says he was able to get back on the bike so soon after the crash thanks to the cast on his arm being removed.
"I feel better than I did because I exercise so much more.”
His recovery is just in time for his wedding to girlfriend Lauren Silverman who he got engaged to in January. The couple have a son, Eric (7).
The talent show judge hasn't divulged any details about their big day, but he says their wedding plans are well underway.
A source close to him says Las Vegas is the perfect place for his bachelor celebration, but the couple don't want a showbiz wedding.
"They really just want an intimate affair with close family and friends, which may surprise a lot of people."
Following his latest crash Simon has promised his family he'll wear a helmet – but letting go of his beloved e-bike is simply not on the cards.
"Even though it’s an e-bike, I've still got to pedal," he says.
"My most creative time is now when I cycle."
Sources: Page Six, The Sun, DailyMail, Etonline.com