Simon Cowell vacationing in the South of France (8/8)

Simon Cowell had a secret breakdown over the summer and pretty much shut down for three weeks. For those of you keeping score at home, the upcoming season of The X Factor officially features zero sane people (Cowell, Britney Spears, and Demi Lovato). In other words, it's gonna be awesome. From The Sun:
Simon Cowell suffered a devastating collapse this summer as the strains of his professional and personal life became too much. Author Tom Bower reveals the breakdown in an update to his best-selling book on the star. Respected author Bower, 65 -- who has written books on Bernie Ecclestone, Richard Branson and Mohamed Fayed -- spent months in Cowell's company and a year researching his life. He says Simon had experienced a "crisis" -- caused by "nervous exhaustion".

"Suddenly his immune system collapsed and he was paralysed by tiredness", Bower writes in his update. "After waking in the afternoon, he lay in his bed sensing an emergency. 'It hit me like a wave. My body was saying that I was turning into a weird vampire,'" Cowell told friends.

During the three weeks of recuperation he spent the days watching films, reading books and walking in his garden barefoot for up to two hours at a time.
Now do you see why playing with wild animals is a bad idea, children? Simon was on top of the world just one short year ago, and now he's bedridden like an overwhelmed Real Housewife of New Jersey. Reason? Well, Simon thought he'd be the cowboy that could corral a couple of wild fillies like Britney and Demi by using fire to fight fire, except he overestimated his tolerance for chemical abuse. Simon should have known that his health would be at risk when Britney and Demi's contracts demanded individual Tennessee White Lightning distilleries in their dressing rooms.

*10 Simon Cowell pictures total in the gallery:

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