SIMON Cowell is set to make his first public appearance since breaking his back in a horror accident at a charity event in December.
The media mogul, 61, broke his back in three places in August after falling from his electric bike in the courtyard of his home in Malibu, US and has been forced to step away from public life as he recovers.
But it has now been announced Simon is due to speak at online event Fayre of St James’s 2020 Christmas Concert on December 1.
The X Factor judge will be speaking virtually along with other stars such as comedian Jack Whitehall and actor Rupert Everett at the event, which will include performances from James Bay, James Blunt and Emeli Sandé.
The event is normally held annually in London each year but has been forced to move online because of the pandemic.
After the accident Simon was rushed into surgery to have rods inserted into his back and was told by doctors he couldn’t work for 6 months.
The music mogul has had to take time out from his judging duties on Britain’s Got Talent panel while he recovers from the accident.
Simon was replaced on the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel by Ashley Banjo who won BGT in 2009 as part of dance group Diversity.
But he will be returning to the show when it returns in the new year after getting lots of bed rest and enjoying a heathy diet, HOAR exclusively revealed.
A source said: “Simon was gutted at having to sit out the show this year.
“But he’s been totally focused on getting better and will definitely be back on the panel.
“He’s come on in leaps and bounds recently, thanks to letting his body heal, a healthy diet and some California sun.
He’s also enjoyed being surrounded by his family. But he loves his job and is raring to go, especially as BGT offers so much joy and light entertainment in dark times.
“The panel are all really excited to have him back, though they thought Ashley did a great job and he’ll definitely perform on the show again next year with Diversity.”