He has been recovering from an electric bicycle accident in the past year and was spotted Friday before dinner wearing a medical respirator.
But Simon Cowell, 61, seemed relaxed and at ease during Saturday’s Epsom Derby, cutting a neat figure in a black morning suit and white vest.
The music mogul shared a tender kiss with partner Lauren Silverman, 43, and was later seen puffing on a cigarette on the VIP balcony.
Day at the races: Music mogul Simon Cowell, 61, shared a kiss with partner Lauren Silverman, 43, as he enjoyed Saturday’s Epsom Derby
Lauren looked effortlessly chic in a white midi dress and matching wizard when she arrived hand-in-hand with Simon.
The couple were seen heading to the racecourse’s executive lounge with their son Eric, 7, and Laura’s oldest son, Adam, 15.
Both boys looked equally handsome when donning matching navy blue suits and light blue ties.
Simon completed his smart ensemble with a pair of darker shades and wore a classic black top hat as he strolled through the Derby and led the arrivals of celebrities.
Fast smoking: In the racecourse executive lounge, Simon took off his mask while smoking a cigarette
Kiss on the cheek: Lauren leaned against her significant other to fondly plant a kiss on his cheek
Device: The day before, Simon was spotted out for dinner wearing a medical respirator
Brave: Arriving for race day, Simon cut a neat figure in a black morning suit and white vest. Pictured with Lauren, their son Eric, seven, and her son Adam, 15,
Keeping the accessories minimal, Laura paired her tight dress with a pair of delicate nude heeled sandals.
She swept her auburn locks up into a low bun, which sat perfectly under her demure hat.
In the VIP area, Simon took off his face mask and smoked a cigarette.
He was later joined in the enclosure by Piers Morgan and his wife Celia Walden.
The former Good Morning Britain presenter appeared in good spirits as he raised his glass of red wine in black pilots to pose for some photos with the music mogul.
Attributed mom: Lauren — who shares Eric with Simon and has an older son from a previous relationship — playfully high-fives her oldest child Adam
Best View: The brunette beauty also fell in love with Eric while jumping on the railing to get a better view
A-list friends: Simon and Lauren were joined in the VIP area by Piers Morgan and his wife Celia Walden, and the group posed together for a moment
Elegant: Lauren looked effortlessly chic on the day in a white midi dress and matching wizard as she arrived hand-in-hand with Simon
Piers opted for a blue-toned ensemble in a navy suit and heavenly shirt and tie, while Celia donned a striking yellow button-through dress with a purple floral pattern.
The event is mostly attended by the Queen, who has decided this year to skip her trip to the Epsom Derby amid fears it won’t be the same with the Covid restrictions in place, reports suggest.
Instead, the 95-year-old monarch will be watching the famous race on television from the comfort of Windsor Castle.
Family outing: The pair were spotted heading to the racecourse’s executive lounge as one of the few stars to attend the historic race
Simon’s outing also comes after he was spotted out for dinner on Friday with a portable oxygen tank.
The music mogul had the medical equipment next to a pack of cigarettes after climbing into a waiting car outside Harry’s Bar in London.
The product is often prescribed to patients in the hospital who require lung expansion therapy, with a mouthpiece and target levels designed to inhale more deeply and open the alveoli (air sacs) in the lungs.
Spectators: Simon completed his smart ensemble with a few darker shades and wore a classic black top as he enjoyed the derby with his family and friends
Social: He seemed relaxed and at ease as he mingled with his loved ones and other guests
A source told MailOnline: “Simon has been using this type of respirator for a while, it’s not prescribed as part of his bike fall rehab.
“He appreciates the benefits and because he has been a heavy smoker for a number of years, it improves his airflow. He has no problem with it.’
In August, Simon was rushed to hospital for six hours of surgery after injuring himself in an electric bicycle accident.
Smoking break: Simon enjoyed the opportunity to have a quick smoke on the VIP enclosure
Thirsty work: Simon was also seen sipping a cool drink while chatting with Lauren
Oxygen tank: Simon’s outing in the Derby comes after he was spotted with a portable oxygen tank on Friday (pictured in September 2019)
But the record executive is determined to do everything he can to make sure he makes a full recovery, such as walking for several hours a day and business meetings at 9 a.m. so that he no longer lives like a “vampire.”
About his new fitness regime, a source told MailOnline: ‘Simon said he hasn’t worn that many trainers in 20 years.
“He feels fitter than ever and sticks to a normal routine instead of sitting on the phone until the early hours.”
Not related: Sources have said the device has nothing to do with his recovery from an electric bike accident last year, but he has long used the device for “airflow”