Simon Cowell has broken his back in an accident with an electric bicycle, his spokesman reports to People .

The record boss and judge of America's Got Talent and X Factor was on a test ride with his new electric bike on Saturday afternoon when he crashed unfortunately. The accident took place on the patio of his home in Malibu, in front of his family.

The spokesperson initially reported that Cowell had only "hurt" his back, that he was doing well and that he was being kept under observation in the hospital. A little later it was reported that his back had been broken and that Cowell would be operated on Saturday evening.