Simon Cowell health: Sinitta gives update on friend after back injury ‘He still has pain’
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Sinitta, 51, has admitted Simon Cowell, 61, is “not 100 per cent” after sustaining a serious back injury while riding his electric bike. The So Macho hitmaker explained that although the Britain’s Got Talent judge is “feeling better” now while recovering from his broken back, he is still struggling with “pain” since his accident in August.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk about her friend’s health, Sinitta said: “He’s feeling better but he’s not 100 per cent.
“He still has pain and he’s still having to take medication. He’s done a few steps so I think he’s reassured himself that he’s not paralysed.
“But it’s a big thing breaking a back and of course he’s feeling very lucky, very blessed, that he didn’t tear nerves or the spinal column, and end up paraplegic or something.”
The singer, who often appeared alongside Simon to help him select his final acts for The X Factor at the Judges’ Houses stage, also revealed that the star is “so unwell” that he needs to focus on his recovery.
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She went on to say she is unsure whether the singing competition will return for another series due to his condition.
Sinitta said: “I think everything’s up in the air.
“I think he would have liked to have brought it back, I think it’s been difficult because of not being able to do the auditions and everything this year.”
The television personality divulged that although “another version” of the ITV show could be possible with safety measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, she is concerned about her friend working too hard after his injury.
She added: “I think there’s a possibility of doing another version of it with COVID in mind, but with him being so unwell, I just don’t know.
“I sort of don’t want him to do anything, I just want him to get well.
“Maybe God is saying, ‘Can you just sit still for a minute and put your health first?’”
Sinitta continued: “So I don’t know, I’m kind of not trying to push for these things because he’s so motivated anyway.
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“The last thing we need is him moving a film crew into his house and trying to do X Factor from the bed or something!”
Simon recently underwent a six-hour spinal surgery after falling from his new electric bike and breaking his back at his home in Malibu, California.
The music mogul had to have a steel rod inserted in his back, as it was broken in three places following the accident.
Simon is currently being replaced on Britain’s Got Talent 2020’s judging panel by Diversity star Ashley Banjo.
He also had to miss out on the America’s Got Talent live finals due to his injury.
Simon previously reassured fans that he was okay after news broke about his accident.
He wrote in view of his 11.3 million followers: “Some good advice… if you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time.
The star continued: “I have broken part of my back. Thank you to everyone for your kind messages.
“And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met. Stay safe everyone.”
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