Heidi Klum is happy to share that fellow America’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell is speedily recovering after breaking his back from an electric bicycle accident Saturday afternoon (Aug. 8).
The 60-year-old TV personality underwent a five-hour surgery and had a metal rod inserted the same evening after he was test riding his new electric bike at his Malibu, Calif. home.
In an interview with People today (Aug. 12), the supermodel shared the latest update on Cowell’s recovery. “We were told he already got up out of the bed, which is just incredible. When we woke up on Sunday morning to the news, you think, ‘Oh my gosh, will he ever walk again?'” she said.
Kelly Clarkson announced on Monday (Aug. 10) that she was temporarily filling in for her former American Idol pal for Tuesday and Wednesday’s telecasts. The singer even teased Cowell on Twitter last night (Aug. 11), “Don’t hurry back, I’m getting real comfortable in your chair. I look pretty good in it! I’m just kidding, get well.” But according to Klum, who was also absent from taping a few AGT episodes earlier this summer because she was feeling sick, he might be coming back sooner than anyone expected.
“Who knows maybe next week he will be sitting there with us again, at the speed he’s going!” she told People. “I hope he does. I was like, ‘What else is happening?’ Every morning you wake up to another crazy news and I hope this is it for now. Can we just turn the page and can life get better? We’re all hoping for that.”
The Syco Entertainment record executive wrote on Twitter about his broken back a day after the accident along with some hard advice for electric trail bike users but hasn’t personally shared any health updates since. However, he did applaud Clarkson for her work stepping in for him. “Thank you @kellyclarkson. Miss all of you. What a Great Show. #AGT,” he tweeted following Tuesday’s episode.
It remains unclear whether Cowell will participate in the rest of AGT’s season 15 production.