Simon Cowell claims ’65 is the new 40′ before Britain’s Got Talent returns

Simon Cowell has admitted cutting sugar, dairy and gluten from his diet has given him more energy, following his horrific crash in 2020, and says ’65 is 40 new ‘before Britain’s Got Talent’ return tomorrow

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He’ll be back with a blast on our screens tomorrow when Britain’s Got Talent returns after a year-long absence due to the pandemic.

And Simon Cowell has vowed that viewers will see more of him in the near future – until he reaches at least 65 years old.

Speaking after ITV committed to the show through 2025 as part of a new deal, Simon confirmed he would stay on the board and raise the flag for older stars.

He said: “I just say 65 is 40. When I’m 40, I think, ‘God, what am I going to do when I’m 60?’ And I have to be honest with you, I felt the same way back then.

Simon Cowell with the Britain’s Got Talent judges, who will return to our screens this weekend



“Thank goodness we can all have a good look. It’s all about energy.

“I’ve seen people in their 50s look exhausted, it’s horrible. Without it. And conversely, I have seen people in their 80s who are still mentally stable, they look good, they feel good, they run marathons.”

The fact that Simon, now 62, shows no signs of slowing down is remarkable considering the events of the past few years.

He was nearly paralyzed after breaking his back in an e-bike accident in 2020, and some are predicting that he will give up the show business altogether.

Simon Cowell with partner Lauren Silverman



But speaking ahead of the return of talent on display, Simon was asked if he would ever consider giving up altogether and continuing with BGT.

“Oh my, yes,” he said. “Anytime I think that no one will show up anymore or all the shows are going to get worse. Of course, I will do it. But he claims that having a year off has energized both him and the show itself.

He added: “I think the distance definitely made a difference because it felt a bit mundane.

“We all appreciate things more now more.”

The key to Simon’s recovery from the accident was an overhaul of his diet, which resulted in him dropping a few stone.

“I cut down on sugar, dairy, gluten,” he explains. And, you know, that made all the difference. Now I also get back to my bike a lot, walking every day. And so it’s a combination of things that, you know, give you energy, make you feel better.

“I mean I saw a picture of myself about four years ago, my God.”

Britain’s Got Talent judges lineup hasn’t changed in ten years, with David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon in court alongside Simon Cowell



After BGT, ITV introduced other Saturday night shows including The Masked Singer.

Some may question whether this new format could spell the end of the traditional talent show as we know it. But Simon disagreed. “No, I don’t believe that. When you don’t get good candidates, you can get stuck. That’s always been my biggest concern – are they interesting?

“But based on the auditions, I would have to say the opposite.

An identical-looking Simon Cowell walks into Britain’s Got Talent’s new TV show

“Once you have something that works, just stick with it. And make sure you have great people and stories. As long as you have that, you’re right.

“Okay, if no one is watching this year, I can say, ‘We have a problem. But I think people are looking forward to it.”

* Britain’s Got Talent returns tomorrow on ITV

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