Simon Cowell admitted that fear of burnout forced him to cut back on his huge workload, noting that it “become too much”.
In recent months, the music mogul, 62, has scaled back his work commitments after he downsized Syco and quit the judging role on Walk The Line as he is said to be ‘close to semi-retirement’.
In a new interview, Simon explained how putting his health first was a ‘priority’, and shared his happiness that he is now able to spend more time with his beloved son Eric, who he shares with fiancée Lauren Silverman, 44.
Health Concerns: Simon Cowell admitted that fear of burnout forced him to cut back on his huge workload, noting that it ‘become too much’
Since he rose to fame on Pop Idol over two decades ago, Simon has never stopped, managing his own entertainment company as well as judging television roles on shows including X Factor, British’s Got Talent, and America’s Got Talent.
But playing such a heavy load – which he deemed an ‘unhealthy work addiction’ – proved too much for the star, with Simon admitting that his latest decision to slow things down stemmed from fear for his health after watching friends struggle with a mental condition. The physical effects of fatigue.
He told The Sun: “I made the decision to be my main job on TV, not running a production company. Everything has become too much. And if I’m honest, I was pretty nervous about the burnout. I didn’t feel sick, I was just afraid that this might happen to me.
Pride and Joy: Simon detailed how putting his health first was a ‘priority’ and shared his happiness that he is now able to spend more time with his beloved son Eric, who he shares with fiancée Lauren Silverman, 44
He added, “I’m a big believer in doing something before something bad happens, rather than waiting for something bad to happen. I’ve been thinking a lot about that for the past couple of years. I’ve seen it happen to people, and my close friends, that they get exhausted and you don’t want to be in that place. Not There is a return from that.
Like much of the nation, Simone has had a rare opportunity to take a break and reflect amid the Covid lockdown, as work has come to a standstill.
It was at this time that he realized that one had to make his health a “first priority” after witnessing the impact that the pandemic had had on people’s lives.
In addition to his health, Simon realized that spending quality time with his only son was of paramount importance, as the TV star enjoyed the little things like running the school and family dinners – things he often missed due to his hectic schedule.
Precautions: Such a heavy load, which he considered an ‘unhealthy work addiction’ proved too much for the star, with Simon conceding that his latest decision to slow things down stemmed from a fear for his health.
Family first: The music mogul, 62, will take more time to spend with fiancée Lauren Silverman, 44, and their son Eric, eight (pictured in 2018)
On precious moments with his son, he said, “I wanted to spend more time with Eric – you’ve only gotten to that age once. Being able to pick him up from school every day, have dinner with him every night, and all that kind of thing, I can do So now.He’s really a cute little kid and I love him to death.
But while Simon has pared back things into his working life, including deciding to stop The X Factor, the businessman insisted he won’t be back anytime soon, joking that he’s “bored out of my mind.”
Simon’s life-saving plan comes at a slower pace after he broke his arm in a “horror” e-bike accident in London in February.
The smiling music mogul told MailOnline at the time that he was ‘a little eccentric’ while outing with his fiancée, having narrowly avoided serious injury during the accident, when he wasn’t wearing a helmet.
Taking Action: ‘I’m a big believer in doing something before something bad happens, rather than waiting for something bad to happen. I’ve been thinking a lot about that for the past couple of years’
Friends claimed Simon, who added that he was “feeling better” since the accident, is ready to give up cycling despite being an avid rider, given that this is his second cycling accident.
As the couple took off on their careers, Simon told MailOnline exclusively: “I’m fine. I feel so much better, thank you. It happened around the corner.
After being told that locals saw him humming through local streets at high speed on a number of occasions before the plane crash, he admitted: “I’m a little crazy. I will definitely wear a helmet next time.
In August 2020, Coyle fell off his e-bike in Malibu and had to undergo back surgery.
Chill: Simon is said to have vowed to ‘slow down’ and ‘prepare into semi-retirement’ as he will take on fewer work commitments moving forward (pictured at America’s Got Talent in 2022)
The star fell down the stairs at his London home in 2017.
Amid his health concerns and heavy workload, Simon has vowed to “slow down” and “reach semi-retirement” as he will take on fewer work commitments in the future.
According to The Mirror, Simon will take a “less incremental approach” and “work until 3 am” will be a thing of the past.
Work: “Simon will find it hard to let go, but for him this is like approaching some sort of semi-retirement,” a source said (with David Williams, Amanda Holden and Alisha Dixon in January)