Simon Cowell, 64, returns to work on Britain’s Got Talent and insists he’s in ‘fantastic health’ after being forced to pull out of filming auditions due to a painful illness

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By Ketrin Agustine

Simon Cowell has returned to work on Britain’s Got Talent after being forced to pull out of filming due to illness.

The music mogul, 64, was pictured arriving to film another round of auditions in Manchester on Tuesday, after a crippling headache left him too unwell to work.

Heading into the The Lowry, Simon flashed a thumbs up while sporting one of his signature all-black ensembles.

While he was previously seen sporting a pair of tinted ‘blue light filter’ glasses, which are believed to help prevent migraines, this time he’d swapped them for a pair of his signature aviators.

After Simon’s health scare, a source close to the star told PEOPLE he’s in ‘fantastic health,’ adding: ‘He’s better than ever and great fitness too, is biking and walking a lot every day and has started reformer Pilates for strengthening his back.

Simon Cowell, 64, returns to work on Britain’s Got Talent and insists he’s in ‘fantastic health’ after being forced to pull out of filming auditions due to a painful illness

Simon Cowell, 64, has returned to work on Britain’s Got Talent after being forced to pull out of filming due to illness

The music mogul was forced to miss several rounds of auditions last week after developing a crippling headache

The music mogul was forced to miss several rounds of auditions last week after developing a crippling headache

‘All his friends are telling him to bring out a range of his own light-filtering glasses now to help others.’ 

They went onto say that Simon is ‘prone to migraines’ due to being under the ‘bright studio lights’ and his light-filtering glasses can help ease this. 

It was reported on Saturday that Simon was forced to pull out of BGT filming after developing the crippling headache.

A source told the Daily Star: ‘Simon was due to film as normal but he started to feel unwell.

‘After some deliberation, he told everyone he was unable to take part in filming.

‘To say he was frustrated was an understatement. Simon loves making Britain’s Got Talent, so he was annoyed that he had to miss filming.’

Simon missed a small number of evening auditions after his headache came on and he left the tryouts early before returning for the next run in Manchester as planned. 

Simon and his fellow Britain’s Got Talent judges Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli and Amanda Holden, along with hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, returned to filming for the upcoming series last month.

Heading into the The Lowry, Simon flashed a thumbs up while sporting one of his signature all-black ensembles

Heading into the The Lowry, Simon flashed a thumbs up while sporting one of his signature all-black ensembles

Simon and fellow BGT judges Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli and Amanda Holden, along with hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly returned to filming for the new series last month (front row: judges Bruno, Alesha, Amanda and Simon. Back row: hosts Ant and Dec)

Simon and fellow BGT judges Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli and Amanda Holden, along with hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly returned to filming for the new series last month (front row: judges Bruno, Alesha, Amanda and Simon. Back row: hosts Ant and Dec)

They were seen posing on the red carpet outside The London Palladium where hopefuls turned out in their hoards in the hope of finding success on the show.

SImon’s illness comes after police led away a female intruder from the BGT set last month after she ‘tried to get backstage’ to see the judges.

The unidentified woman, who was pictured with her hood up, allegedly tried to ‘sneak’ past security and trespass into the restricted area.

A Met Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 1.23 pm today to reports of a woman suffering a mental health crisis at Argyll Street, W1.

‘Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. The woman was assisted by officers who made arrangements for her to be met by a family member. There were no offences.’

A spokesperson from Fremantle added: ‘Police were dealing with an individual outside of the Palladium who was causing a bit of a stir, and the BGT team helped out. But BGT didn’t call the police and there was no threat to the judges as they didn’t get inside the Palladium.’ 

Audience members allegedly heard chattering amongst theatre staff who said that an intruder ‘tried to sneak in backstage’ to see Simon and his celebrity counterparts.

The auditions for the hit televised talent show, which seeks to find the nation’s next star, were delayed following the chaos caused by the ‘intruder’, according to reports.

She was pictured wearing a hooded tracksuit top, flanked by officers, as she was escorted out of the theatre. Officers were seen speaking to door staff at the theatre following the incident as a small crowd gathered outside the stage door, with security staff standing by it.

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