‘I didn’t do anything wrong’: Jonathan Goodwin – who was left paralysed while performing a stunt on America’s Got Talent: Extreme – insists the tragic accident wasn’t his fault
Jonathan Goodwin insists the near-fatal stunt during rehearsals for American’s Got Talent: Extreme that left him paralysed wasn’t his fault.
The Britain’s Got Talent contestant, 42, who appeared on the series in 2019, claimed he ‘didn’t do anything wrong’ when an Instagram fan asked him to explain the cause of the tragic accident, which left him with life-changing injuries.
Escapologist Jonathan refused to go into detail but expressed he wasn’t to blame after he was crushed between two suspended cars while trying to escape a strait jacket upside down 30ft in the air for Simon Cowell‘s spin-off series.
‘I didn’t do anything wrong’: Jonathan Goodwin insists the near-fatal stunt during rehearsals for American’s Got Talent: Extreme that left him paralysed wasn’t his fault
Stunt: The stunt was filmed at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Goodwin was suspended 70 feet in the air
Jonathan’s fiancée, Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington, 48, revealed in May that her partner now uses a wheelchair after he sustained a number of serious injuries during rehearsals for America’s Got Talent: Extreme, which has since been axed.
She explained: ‘He fell 30ft and lost a kidney, broke both shoulder blades, shattered both legs.
‘Third-degree burns, broke his spine and severed his spinal cord and nearly died. And then on the operating table, he nearly died again.
‘Unless there’s a kind of stem cell surgery, or that thing that Elon Musk is designing with the little chip, he’ll be like that forever.’
Nearly died twice: Jonathan’s AGT stunt went horribly wrong and lead to him being hospitalized for four months – pictured in his hospital bed – he came home in May
Shocking: Jonathan was seriously injured after the dangerous stunt where he attempted to escape from a straight jacket while being hung upside down 30 feet in the air in between two suspended cars which exploded on impact
Life-changing: The Britain’s Got Talent contestant claimed he ‘didn’t do anything wrong’ when an Instagram fan asked him to explain the cause of the tragic accident (pictured in May 2022)
In May, Jonathan shared a post on Instagram, saying that his dog, who finally got to see him again for the first time in six months, was getting used to him having ‘cool, new, wheels.’
He penned: ‘Six months ago I went to rehearse for something and left this little hair monkey waiting patiently for me… he didn’t see his dad again until just a couple of weeks ago and when he finally did, his dad had new wheels.
‘A lot has changed in the last six months, but love is a constant and I’m very loved. Looking forward to my next chapter and being a role model.’
Amanda, who was married to former Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman, 51, from 2000-2016, held back tears as she appeared with Jonathan on Lorraine in May.
Daredevil: Jonathan is famed for his death defying stunts and impressed Simon Cowell with his act while auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent in 2019 (pictured in November 2016)
Jonathan explained that he had given Amanda a ‘Get Out of Jail Free card’ after his accident, but the star insisted that she would always remain by her new fiancé’s side.
Speaking about her relationship with Jonathan, Amanda, who shares children Joe, 16, and Grace, 14, with ex-husband Martin, said: ‘We are closer and tighter than ever.’
Jonathan responded to another fan during an Instagram Q&A on Sunday, who asked for his advice on ‘rough times.’
Sharing a throwback photo from his hospital bed, Jonathan replied: ‘Stay in the moment.
‘Try not to project the future or concern yourself with the past. Take every day, every hour, every minute as it comes. Ask for help if you need it.’
‘Stay in the moment’: Jonathan responded to another fan during an Instagram Q&A on Sunday, who asked for his advice on ‘rough times’