The Britain’s Got Talent judge, 63, has spoken out after battling mental health struggles for years, notably following surgery on his back in 2020.
As a result, Simon knew he had to make a change and decided to stop reading the media and get rid of his phone.
Speaking on The Mirror’s podcast, which is in association with mental health charity Mind, the former X Factor judge said he was encouraged by his friends to try therapy.
Despite his apprehension, Simon made an appointment. He explained: “I sat down, really embarrassed and I said, ‘Look, I just don’t know where to start’.
“But within about 20 minutes it was as if I’d known him for 10, 20 years. He put me so much at ease. And you realise you’re talking to a professional and they don’t judge you, they listen to you.”
The media mogul hopes by going public men will realise there’s “nothing to be fearful of” and no one will “judge you differently” if you need someone to talk to.
Speaking to Oprah Winfrey in 2010, he said: “When I’m like that I kind of feel like going into some slight hibernation. I’m very dark when I’m in those moments… I get very, very down. Don’t come near me. (I’m) like a bear in a cage.”
Last year, following back surgery after an e-scooter accident, Simon told The Sun: “I was very, very, very, low.
“I felt very depressed because I didn’t know how to explain it to Eric. I couldn’t do all the things I wanted to with him. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to walk again, to ever play football with him.”
At the time, he credited his “great” doctors and fiance Lauren for their “incredible” support.