Simon Cowell admits he was ‘terrified’ of getting burnout as heavy workload became ‘too much’

Simon Cowell has admitted that the fear of getting burnout forced him to scale back his huge workload, remarking that it was ‘all becoming too much.’

In recent months, the music mogul, 62, has been cutting down on his work commitments having downsized Syco and quit a judging role on Walk The Line as he reportedly ‘edges into semi-retirement’.

And in a new interview, Simon detailed how putting his health first was a ‘priority’ and shared his delight that he’s now able to spend more time with his beloved son Eric, whom he shares with fiancée Lauren Silverman, 44.

Health worries: Simon Cowell has admitted that the fear of getting burnout forced him to scale back his huge workload, remarking that it was 'all becoming too much'

Health worries: Simon Cowell has admitted that the fear of getting burnout forced him to scale back his huge workload, remarking that it was ‘all becoming too much’

Since soaring to fame on Pop Idol over two decades ago, Simon has been none stop, what with running his entertainment company as well as his TV judging roles on shows including X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent.

But juggling such a heavy workload – which he deemed an ‘unhealthy addiction to work’ – proved too much for the star, with Simon admitting his recent decision to slow things down was stemmed from a fear for his health after watching friends suffer from the mental and physical affects of burnout.

He told The Sun: ‘I made the decision that my main job would be on TV, not running a production company. It was just all becoming too much. And, if I’m being honest, I was very nervous about burnout. I wasn’t feeling ill, I was just terrified that would happen to me. ‘

Pride and joy: Simon detailed how putting his health first was a 'priority' and shared his delight that he's now able to spend more time with his beloved son Eric, whom he shares with fiancée Lauren Silverman, 44

Pride and joy: Simon detailed how putting his health first was a ‘priority’ and shared his delight that he’s now able to spend more time with his beloved son Eric, whom he shares with fiancée Lauren Silverman, 44

He added: ‘I’m a great believer in doing something before something bad happens, rather than waiting for something bad to happen. I was thinking a lot about that during the last two years. I’ve seen it happen to people, close friends of mine, where they get burnt out and you don’t want to be in that place. There’s no coming back from that. ‘

Like much of the nation, Simon had the rare opportunity to take a breather and reflect amid the Covid lockdown, as work ground to a halt.

And it was at this time that he realized that one has to make their health their ‘number one priority’ after witnessing the impact that the pandemic had on people’s lives.

As well as his health, Simon discerned that spending quality time with his only son was of upmost importance, with the TV star revealing in the little things like school runs and family dinners – things he often missed out on due to his hectic schedule.

Precautions: Juggling such a heavy workload, which he deemed an 'unhealthy addiction to work' proved too much for the star, with Simon admitting his recent decision to slow things down was stemmed from a fear for his health

Precautions: Juggling such a heavy workload, which he deemed an ‘unhealthy addiction to work’ proved too much for the star, with Simon admitting his recent decision to slow things down was stemmed from a fear for his health

Family first: The music mogul, 62, will be taking more time out to spend with his fiancée Lauren Silverman, 44, and their son, Eric, eight (Pictured in 2018)

Family first: The music mogul, 62, will be taking more time out to spend with his fiancée Lauren Silverman, 44, and their son, Eric, eight (Pictured in 2018)

On valuable moments with his boy, he shared: ‘I wanted to spend more time with Eric – you only get this age once. Being able to pick him up from school every day, have dinner with him every night, all that kind of stuff, I’m able to do that now. He’s really a sweet little boy and I love him to death. ‘

But while Simon has scaled things back in his work life, including making the decision to ax The X Factor, the businessman insisted that he’s not returning anytime soon, joking that he’s being ‘bored out of my mind.’

Simon’s plan to take life at a slower pace comes 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 bit of a nutter’ while stepping out for a stroll with his fiancée, having narrowly avoided serious injury during the accident, when he wasn’t wearing a helmet.

Taking action: 'I'm a great believer in doing something before something bad happens, rather than waiting for something bad to happen.  I was thinking a lot about that during the last two years'

Taking action: ‘I’m a great believer in doing something before something bad happens, rather than waiting for something bad to happen. I was thinking a lot about that during the last two years’

Friends claimed Simon, who added he’s ‘feeling better’ since the crash, is ready to give up cycling despite being an enthusiastic rider, given that this is his second biking accident.

As the couple set off for their walk, Simon exclusively told MailOnline: ‘I’m OK. I’m feeling much better thank you. It happened just round the corner. ‘

After being told that locals had seen him whizzing around the local streets at high speed on a number of occasions before the crash, he admitted: ‘I’m a bit of a nutter. I’ll definitely wear a helmet next time. ‘

In August 2020, Cowell fell off his e-bike in Malibu and had to undergo back surgery.

Chill: Simon reportedly vowed to 'slow down' and 'edge into semi-retirement' as he will take on less work commitments going forward (Pictured on America's Got Talent in 2022)

Chill: Simon reportedly vowed to ‘slow down’ and ‘edge into semi-retirement’ as he will take on less work commitments going forward (Pictured on America’s Got Talent in 2022)

While the star fell down the stairs in his London home back in 2017.

Amid his health scares and heavy workload, Simon vowed to ‘slow down’ and ‘edge into semi-retirement’ as he will take on less work commitments going forward.

According to The Mirror, Simon will take a ‘less hands on approach’ and ‘working until 3am’ will be a thing of the past.

Work: A source said: 'Simon will find it hard to let go but for him this is like edging into a kind of semi-retirement' (With David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon in January)

Work: A source said: ‘Simon will find it hard to let go but for him this is like edging into a kind of semi-retirement’ (With David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon in January)

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