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Simon Cowell, 61, says he’s never felt better after breaking his back last year

Simon Cowell, 61, shows off his shiny visage and incredibly white teeth during a rare TV interview as he says he’s never felt better after breaking his back last year

British personality and record executive Simon Cowell made a rare live TV appearance on Friday, when he joined the Today show for an interview. 

The 61-year-old chatted to hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon about his hilarious new ad for Uber Eats, where he plays the new ‘grey’ Wiggle alongside the children’s entertainment group.

During the chat, Simon showed off his shiny visage and his incredibly white veneers and said he’s never felt better after breaking his back in August last year.   

Familiar face: On the Today show on Friday, Simon Cowell, 61, showed off his shiny visage and incredibly white teeth during a rare TV interview

‘I feel great actually, yeah, weirdly after breaking my back last year,’ Simon said.

‘I feel fitter than I have in a long time as I can do exercise now,’ he added.  

Also during the chat, the hosts remarked on Simon’s tough guy persona on singing shows and joked that ‘he’s changed’ now that he’s doing ads with The Wiggles and appears softer. 

On the mend: Simon said he's never felt better after breaking his back in August last year. 'I feel fitter than I have in a long time as I can do exercise now,' he said

On the mend: Simon said he’s never felt better after breaking his back in August last year. ‘I feel fitter than I have in a long time as I can do exercise now,’ he said

Simon said he’s ‘the happiest he’s ever been’ so perhaps he has softened up a bit.    

‘Maybe it is like I said, I’ve now got a son, Eric. I’m happiest I’ve ever been in my life before. So, you know, I don’t really know what to say, actually. Just things are good.’

In August last year, Simon broke his back and was left bed ridden for months after a devastating electric bike accident at his Malibu home.

Softer: Also during the chat, the hosts remarked on Simon's tough guy persona on singing shows and joked that 'he's changed' now that he's doing ads with The Wiggles and appears softer. Simon said he's 'the happiest he's ever been' so perhaps he has softened up a bit (pictured with girlfriend Lauren Silverman)

Softer: Also during the chat, the hosts remarked on Simon’s tough guy persona on singing shows and joked that ‘he’s changed’ now that he’s doing ads with The Wiggles and appears softer. Simon said he’s ‘the happiest he’s ever been’ so perhaps he has softened up a bit (pictured with girlfriend Lauren Silverman)

In February, Simon told Extra: ‘I nearly smashed my spine to pieces!’ 

The X Factor boss also admitted that he ‘couldn’t have gotten through’ it without girlfriend Lauren Silverman, 43, and son Eric, 7, who sweetly branded him ‘iron man’ when he first saw his dad with metal rods and screws in his back following surgery.

‘It could have been a lot worse. 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.’  

He recalled: ‘I knew I’d broken my back the minute I landed. It was really, really kind of sudden and it hurt.’ 

Simon explained, ‘You’re not supposed to move,’ but, that wasn’t the X Factor boss’ thought process at the time.

Accident: In August last year, Simon broke his back and was left bed ridden for months after a devastating electric bike accident at his Malibu home

Accident: In August last year, Simon broke his back and was left bed ridden for months after a devastating electric bike accident at his Malibu home

He continued: ‘I was thinking, “I’ve got to get back into the house because I can’t lie there”… and made myself kind of get carried into my bedroom, which is right there at the beginning of the house… And I’m lying there and I’m kind of passing out… It was surreal.’ 

Simon confessed that the toughest part of recovery was ‘the helplessness’ which spurred him on to make a fitness commitment to himself.

He said: ‘I’ve never been in this situation in my life where you literally can’t move. The pain was off the charts… But you’ve got to stay positive…

‘I made a promise to myself I’d be fitter than I was before I had the accident. Sure enough, that’s what happened.’

Back to it: Simon confessed that the toughest part of recovery was 'the helplessness' which spurred him on to make a fitness commitment to himself

Back to it: Simon confessed that the toughest part of recovery was ‘the helplessness’ which spurred him on to make a fitness commitment to himself

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