Simon Cowell goes into ‘partial retirement’ after refocusing his life. Britain’s Got Talent judge has vowed to slow down his career commitments and spend more time with his son Eric and wife-to-be Lauren
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Simon Cowell has vowed to “slow down” and stop working full-time, friends have revealed.
The Britain’s Got Talent and former X Factor boss will continue to appear on his TV shows in the UK and America but is keen to spend more time with son Eric and wife-to-be Lauren in the years to come.
A friend likened it to “going into a sort of semi-retirement” with less work spread out over a year, and said he “no longer has an appetite” to work and tinker on his TV shows.
Sources close to Cowell say the pandemic has made him realize he is working too much and if he continues to put so much pressure on himself it could affect his health.
The source said: “He doesn’t want to work at this pace anymore.
“His back injury from the 2020 bike accident and the pandemic has pushed him to refocus his life and at 62, Simon knows he’s not getting any younger.
The days when he worked until 3 a.m. and was constantly on the phone trying to do business are gone forever.
“It’s hard for someone like Simon to let go and not work, but for him it’s sort of like semi-retirement. He will not work every day and will choose his work much more in the future.”
British viewers will get a glimpse of the relaxed new Cowell when BGT launches on ITV next month and he is set to launch a promotional campaign for the series next week.
For the past few days, Cowell has been working in the States judging America’s Got Talent performances in Pasadena.
And he showed he certainly relaxed between sessions when he came to the audition in a pajama-style loungewear set.
In January, Cowell closed the UK offices of his television company Syco, retaining only a handful of employees.
He’s also discussing with friends the idea of being a “TV face” and doing less and less off-camera work, where he used to be known for hacking and changing things sometimes just hours before a show’s airing.
The move comes in sharp contrast to how Cowell worked when he created The X Factor, making it one of the biggest shows on television in a decade.
He watched and edited the episodes into the early hours of the morning and stayed up late on transatlantic phone calls, often in the middle of the night and then unavailable until around noon.
The source added, “Eric has completely transformed his lifestyle and life.
“There is no going back to the old way of working. He is already feeling the benefits.”
Cowell still wears a wrist brace two months after breaking his arm in a serious e-bike accident.
It was his second “horror” fall, coming 18 months after breaking his back in a similar fall.
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