Simon Cowell has broken his silence after breaking his back in an accident at his home in Malibu.
The media mogul, 60, underwent six hours of surgery to insert a metal rod into his spine on Saturday night after falling from his new £3,000 electric bike.
On Sunday night, Cowell tweeted: ‘Some good advice… If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time.’
From his hospital bed: Simon Cowell broke his silence after breaking his back in an accident at his Malibu home, posting an update to his Twitter and Instagram feeds
He went on: ‘I have broken part of my back. Thank you to everyone for your kind messages.’
Hen then added in a second tweet: ‘And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met.’
He concluded: ‘Stay safe everyone Simon.’
It had earlier been reported that Cowell came very close to being paralysed in the fall which happened in the courtyard of his home in the presence of his son Eric, six, and stepson Adam, 14.
It’s believed his girlfriend and mother of his son Eric, Lauren Silverman, 43, had been able to visit him in the hospital.
Accident: Cowell, 60, underwent surgery to insert a metal rod into his spine Saturday night after falling from his new electric bike. Pictured in April with girlfriend Lauren Silverman, 43
Family: He was outside in the courtyard of his Malibu home with son Eric, six, and stepson Adam, 14, when the fall happened (pictured together in Barbados in December)
A friend of the family told MailOnline that Cowell was in ‘shock and massive amounts of pain’ after the accident.
‘Lauren went with him to the hospital and has been allowed in briefly to see him. He’s doing OK in the circumstances,’ the insider said.
A source told The Mirror: ‘Simon fell flat on his back and the doctors say the impact missed his spinal cord by about a centimetre and it could have been a lot, lot more serious.’
Discussing the TV star’s recovery, another source told The Sun Simon had suffered ‘three breaks in his back’ and it could take ‘several weeks’ before it is know if Simon will have any long lasting effects from the fall.
Close call: A source told UK’s The Mirror: ‘Simon fell flat on his back and the doctors say the impact missed his spinal cord by about a centimetre and it could have been a lot more serious’
They said: ‘It’ll be several weeks for the bruising and swelling to go down and then we’ll know how serious the lasting effects could be.
‘He’s lucky to be even in the state he is in with a metal rod in his back and multiple breaks… He could have been looking at a life in a wheelchair.’
A source told The Sun Simon was attempting a wheelie when he was ‘surprised by the power’ of the new bike and knew straight away that he ‘was in trouble’.
Meanwhile, Deadline.com reported Sunday that Cowell will miss the first two live shows in the new America’s Got Talent season, set to air this coming Tuesday and Wednesday.
New judge Sofia Vergara posted a photo to Instagram showing her and fellow judges Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum on set of the reality show during a rehearsal.
‘Missing Simon: Sofia Vergara posted a photo to Instagram Sunday showing her and fellow judges Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum on the set of America’s Got Talent during a rehearsal
The trio are pictured pointing to Cowell’s empty chair while sending him well wishes.
His close friend Amanda Holden, 49, also posted about Simon on social media.
His Britain’s Got Talent co-star wrote: ‘I’ve been thinking about my dear friend all day and luckily I’m able to write that he’s had his operation and he’s doing really well.’
‘My family and I wish you a speedy recovery and send you, Lauren and Eric all our love.’ (sic)
The media personalities have been close pals ever since he hired her to star as a panellist on the ITV competition series’ inaugural edition in 2007.
Time off: Meanwhile, Deadline.com reported Sunday that Cowell will miss the first two live shows in the new America’s Got Talent season, set to air this coming Tuesday and Wednesday
Cowell is regularly seen on bike rides with his family around his Malibu home. Silverman was spotted enjoying a cycle on Saturday before news of Simon’s fall broke.
The record producer turned reality show guru has embarked on a healthier regime in recent years, leading to a 60 lbs weight loss.
It’s said that his ‘family friendly’ lifestyle and weight loss will help him recover quicker from his accident.
His new health regime has seen him committed to a diet of white meat, fruit, and vegetables as well as regular exercise.
‘He’s doing really well’: Amanda Holden sent well wishes to Simon on Sunday as he recovers from six-hour emergency surgery after breaking his back (pictured earlier this year)
He decided to improve his health after he injured himself in a fall down the stairs at his London home in October 2017.
The star blamed his injuries on his unhealthy lifestyle where he ‘lived like a vampire’, staying awake until 8 a.m. every day and vowed to take better care of himself.
He told The Sun at the time: ‘Sometimes we get a reminder that we’re not invincible and this was certainly mine. It was a huge shock.’
Revealing the incident had been down to an underlying health problem, he continued: ‘They think I fainted because I had low blood pressure and so I have got to really take good care of myself to sort that out.’
Before adding of his son Eric: ‘After all I am a dad and have more responsibility than ever.’
On the mend: A friend told MailOnline: ‘Lauren went with him to the hospital and has been allowed in briefly to see him. He’s doing OK in the circumstances’. The couple are seen in 2018
What is a ‘broken back’?
The 60-year-old music mogul has broken his back after falling from an electric bicycle while at his home in Malibu, California.
It is not currently clear exactly what kind of back injury Cowell has, but a ‘broken back’ often refers to a fracture in a part of the spine.
This involves a break in at least one of the vertebrae that make up the back bone and protect your spinal cord.
The spinal cord sends transmits signals from the brain to the rest of the body, and any damage to it can cause paralysis.
A number of medical conditions such as osteoporosis or spinal tumours can naturally weaken the back.
There are different types of fractures you can suffer such as a Chance fracture which involves the pulling of the bones in the vertebrae.
This is a common back injury for people who have been in car accident where the upper body is moved forward rapidly but the lower body stays in place.
Patients who suffer from bone weakness associated with osteoporosis can often get what is known as a compression fracture in which the vertebrae collapse.
Fractures in the back can often cause severe pain and can severely restrict movement, with some patients needing a back brace while they recover.
If the spinal cord is also damaged the injuries can have more severe long term consequences.
The higher up the spinal cord the more movement will be restricted.
Damage to the spinal cord in the back will result in paraplegia in your legs and potentially your stomach muscles.
And damage in the spinal cord in the neck will result in tetraplegia which can impact upon all of your limbs.