Amanda Holden calls Simon Cowell a ‘fighter’ as he recovers from horrific bike accident

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They have been friends and colleagues for many years now, and Amanda Holden has shown how much she appreciates their friendship by calling Simon Cowell a "fighter" as he recovers from his bike accident.

The music mogul fell of his bike in August and broke his back which led to him needing a six-hour operation.

Since then, Simon, 61, has been recovering at his home in Malibu in the US alongside partner Lauren Silverman and their son Eric.

Appearing on Tuesday's episode of Good Morning Britain, Simon's Britain's Got Talent co-star Amanda Holden was asked how Simon was doing.

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Piers Morgan asked Amanda, 49, about Simon, to which she replied: "He looked okay but I know from talking regularly to Lauren, you have and I have, this has been a pretty tough few weeks for him, hasn't it?

"Yeah, without a doubt. The best way to say it is, Lauren's always saying it to me, it's his will to get better is extraordinary," Amanda said.

"I think he's very determined. He's a fighter, we know that Piers.

"And there's no way that he'll want to be seen to be failing or not be getting better as fast as he can," she continued.

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Simon was forced to sit out of the Britain's Got Talent live shows and was subsequently replaced by Diversity star Ashley Banjo.

But now Amanda has confirmed that his exit isn't a permanent one and he will be back.

Speaking to Piers and Susanna, Amanda declared: "So I know we'll see him next year."

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Straight after his accident, Simon took to Twitter to update his fans and thank the doctors and nurses who treated him.

"Some good advice… If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time. I have broken part of my back. Thank you to everyone for your kind messages.

"And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met. Stay safe everyone. Simon," The X Factor star wrote.

Simon was seen for the first time since the accident on ex and close friend Terri Seymour's Instagram stories yesterday as he celebrated his 61st birthday.

The group sang Happy Birthday to Simon, before he blew out the candles on his cake, with his son Eric, five, and partner Lauren also in attendance.

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