Simon Cowell was rushed to hospital on the morning of October 27, after collapsing and falling down the stairs. He returned home about eight hours later, looking slightly dazed.
“I fainted and fell down the stairs. I’ve got concussion. I feel better now,” the 58-year-old music mogul said.
Cowell, creator of talent shows Britain’s Got Talent and The X-Factor, was wearing a neck brace when he was taken to the ambulance on a stretcher. Apparantly, he was getting himself a cup of hot milk to help him sleep, when he fainted and fell down the stairs, resulting in a concussion.
He was looking a little dishevelled in a tracksuit bottoms and trainers, with a slightly swollen face, as he returned to his London home around 4pm on Friday.
As he was entering his house, Cowell assured the crowd that he was “feeling better now,” and he thanked his fans for their concern.
The fall came just a day before the first live show of the X-Factor was set to take stage, and Cowell’s seat on the judging panel remained empty on Saturday. He is expected to return to his judging duties on Sunday, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
After the initial rumours that English singer Cheryl Cole would fill in for Simon, ITV bosses finally decided to leave his place empty. Certain changes were made on the show, however, to accomodate for his absence. The categories of singers set to appear on Saturday and Sunday were switched. Cowell’s Groups, and Nicole Scherzinger’s Overs who were initially to perform on Saturday were pushed to Sunday.
Simon gave the thumbs up as he was entering his house
His undone shoelaces could’ve resulted in another fall
Simon returned home in his chauffeur-driven car and accompanied by his security team, after spending most of the day undergoing tests at the hospital. The cause for his fainting hasn’t been revealed yet, but it is believed it could’ve been the result of low blood pressure.
Cowell’s partner Lauren Silverman rushed back to London immediately after being woken at 4am with the news. She was in New York with their 11-year-old son Adam at the time of the accident, while 3-year-old Eric was left in Simon’s care.
The fans’ support
Simon Cowell is one of the most well loved TV judges. His brutal honesty has conquered fans from all over the world. They were quick to express their concern via the social media. Some, of course, made light of the situation by cracking a few jokes.
Simon’s cancelled his appearance at a few events over the years
This isn’t the first time that Cowell’s been forced to cancel an appearance at an event. This June he couldn’t attend his own fundraiser in London due to a bout of flu. His partner Lauren had to step in.
After that, in July, he missed part of the auditions for The X-Factor because a mystery illness left him bedridden.
Before that, in the summer of 2012, he collapsed because his workaholic habits had gotten the better of him. According to his updated biography Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life Of Simon Cowell, the then 52-year-old Cowell confessed he was “paralysed with tiredness” and his “immune system was failing” because of his job. His biographer, Tom Bower, stated that the star once was forced to halt the filming of the American X-Factor. Apparently, he began acting like a ‘weird vampire’, working through the night.
Cowell, supposedly confided in X-Factor judge Louis Walsh, “I desperately need peace. I’m craving normality. I’ve got to work out my demons and come out of it. I have to get back to where I was years ago. I have to stop reading texts at three in the morning and making calls later and later.”
Cowell is expected to appear on The X-Factor on Sunday
Simon was supposed to oversee his groups’ rehearsals on Friday, with his acts Rak-Su, The Cutkelvins and Sean & Conor Price, and to appear on The X-Factor judging panel on Saturday alongside fellow judges Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne, and Louis Walsh. The show’s host Dermot O’Leary wished him a speedy recovery from himself and the rest of the judges during the first live show.
“Who put the banana skin at the top of the stairs?” O’Leary joked with the judges. “It’s like Murder on the Orient Express,” the host quipped. “You all had motives.”
It is not yet known whether Simon will be back for the second live show on Sunday, but a source claims that despite the pain, Simon is determined to appear.
‘It’s bad but he’s ok. It’s not a serious injury. He won’t want anyone else taking his place on the panel.’