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

He doesn’t often show up on Australian television these days, so Aussies would be forgiven for not recognising Simon Cowell when he appeared on Nine’s Today show on Friday.

The TV personality and record executive, 61, showed off his extremely white veneers and shiny, wrinkle-free complexion while chatting to hosts Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon about his advert for Uber Eats, in which he plays the fictitious ‘grey’ Wiggle.

While the chat mainly focused on his collaboration with the Aussie children’s band, Simon reassured viewers was doing great after breaking his back in August last year. 

Familiar face? He doesn't often show up on Australian TV these days, so Aussies would be forgiven for not recognising Simon Cowell when he appeared on Nine's Today show on Friday

Familiar face? He doesn’t often show up on Australian TV these days, so Aussies would be forgiven for not recognising Simon Cowell when he appeared on Nine’s Today show on Friday

‘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. 

Changes: The TV personality and record executive, 61, showed off his extremely white veneers and shiny, wrinkle-free complexion on the show - and looked quite different to how many fans remember him. Pictured here on set of American Idol in May 2004

Changes: The TV personality and record executive, 61, showed off his extremely white veneers and shiny, wrinkle-free complexion on the show – and looked quite different to how many fans remember him. Pictured here on set of American Idol in May 2004

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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