Simon Cowell shows off huge scar on his back from terrifying bike accident which left him needing surgery

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After breaking his back in a bike accident over the summer and needing emergency surgery, Simon Cowell has showed off the huge scar that has been left behind.

The music mogul, who enjoyed a jet ski ride with his son Eric recently, was spotted enjoying a relaxing holiday in Barbados and the scar from his surgery was clearly apparent down the centre of his back.

Simon, 61, was pictured topless and working out with a pair of weights, as the scorching sunshine blared down on him.

The accident occurred while he was testing out an electric bike at his home in Malibu and after falling off the vehicle, Simon broke his back in three places and was rushed to hospital.

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The television personality needed six hours of emergency surgery and had a rod inserted into his back.

Consequently, Simon had to cancel all of his television commitments and has been on the road to recovery ever since.

The X Factor star's pal Piers Morgan gave an update on his friends' health in October and told OK!: "He's had a very serious back injury and he's taking the time, quite rightly, to get himself right.

"I drop him notes from time to time and I'm encouraged he's making good progress, but these things take a long time. He feels very lucky it's not even worse," he explained.

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Another pal of Simon's told the Daily Mail: "It will be a long road before he is back on form again. It is all going to take a lot longer than expected as the breaks weren't straightforward.

"He needs a lot of physio and lots of time. He is doing very little work, so really following doctor's orders."

A second friend told the publication: "He is building up his strength but the recovery is taking longer than we hoped.

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"It was a very serious injury and they didn't fully appreciate that at first.

"There was initial euphoria that he was all right, when he felt that he had come through it by a miracle. Then came the pain," Simon's pal explained.

"He had about six weeks of agony. By early September, it was obvious he wasn't going to be ready to physically travel at all for work.

"He was on high-strength painkillers but he isn't any more. He also doesn't have a live-in nurse any more."

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