Simon Cowell has been spotted with a breathing exerciser as he headed home after a dinner date with partner Lauren Silverman, 43, on Thursday.

The music mogul, 61, had the medical equipment next to him alongside a packet 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 are in need of lung expansion therapy, with a mouthpiece and goals levels designed to help deeper breath in and open up the alveoli (air sacs) in the lungs.  

What's that? Simon Cowell, 61, has been spotted with a breathing exerciser as he headed home after a dinner date with partner Lauren Silverman, 43, on Thursday

What’s that? Simon Cowell, 61, has been spotted with a breathing exerciser as he headed home after a dinner date with partner Lauren Silverman, 43, on Thursday 

Counter-productive? The breathing exerciser is designed to improve respiratory health and if used consistently are said to vastly help with recovery and breathing

Counter-productive? The breathing exerciser is designed to improve respiratory health and if used consistently are said to vastly help with recovery and breathing 

A source told MailOnline: ‘Simon has been using this type of breathing equipment for some time, it’s not been prescribed as part of the rehab from his bike fall.

‘He appreciates the benefits and being a heavy smoker for a number of years it improves his air flow. He’s got no qualms about it whatsoever.’  

The Lung Health Institute describes the device as: ‘A breath exerciser is a respiratory device used to help patients improve their lung function. 

‘Breath exercisers work with a primary focus to improve airflow, achieve optimum lung capacity and strengthen the cough effort which allows the clearing of airways. 

‘These small and compact devices are best used as supplementary additions to disease management and can often fit in even the smallest of bags and pouches. 

‘Cost-effective in price, these devices range from about £10-£30 and can be found online through stores such as Amazon.’

Date night: The couple were seen heading home together after enjoying a double date night at Harry's Bar in London

Date night: The couple were seen heading home together after enjoying a double date night at Harry’s Bar in London

Dapper: Simon looked typically dapper in a black suit and white shirt while Lauren wowed in a patterned dress teamed with open-toe black heels

Dapper: Simon looked typically dapper in a black suit and white shirt while Lauren wowed in a patterned dress teamed with open-toe black heels

Simon climbed into the car with the breathing exerciser placed on the wooden arm rest, with one of its tubes sticking into the air. He and Lauren had headed on a double date night at the hotspot with Richard Desmond and Joy Canfield. 

Socialite Lauren shares son Eric, seven, with the America’s Got Talent judge. 

The doting mother posed for photographs alongside media mogul Richard, 69, and his wife Joy, who looked glamorous in a plunging floral dress and heels. 

Glam: Lauren opted for natural-look glam while Simon was sporting an impressive sun tan after spending time in the US

Glam: Lauren opted for natural-look glam while Simon was sporting an impressive sun tan after spending time in the US

Parents' night out: Lauren - who shares seven-year-old son Eric with the America's Got Talent judge - wore her glossy brown hair loose and kept the cold at bay with a chic cardigan

Parents’ night out: Lauren – who shares seven-year-old son Eric with the America’s Got Talent judge – wore her glossy brown hair loose and kept the cold at bay with a chic cardigan

What is a breathing exerciser? 

The Lung Health Institute describes the device as: ‘A breath exerciser is a respiratory device used to help patients improve their lung function. 

Breath exercisers work with a primary focus to improve airflow, achieve optimum lung capacity and strengthen the cough effort which allows the clearing of airways. 

These small and compact devices are best used as supplementary additions to disease management and can often fit in even the smallest of bags and pouches. 

Cost-effective in price, these devices range from about £10-£30 and can be found online through stores such as Amazon.

Simon and Lauren hopped into a cab after saying their goodbyes.

In 2012, sources revealed that Simon carries bottled oxygen in a bid to remain youthful with the insider saying: Simon knows he’s not getting any younger and is trying every trick to tackle it. He says it helps him relax and keep the stress at bay.’

His America’s Got Talent co-star Howie Mandell also discussed Simon’s penchant for fresh air as he told Ellen DeGeneras last year about his oxygen. 

He said: ‘He brings his own air to the show. He says to me: ‘That’s what I like about you, you make me feel normal!”

It comes after Simon reportedly pulled out of jetting to Israel to take part in their version of The X Factor due to the violence in Gaza.

According to Jewish News, the music industry titan pulled out of sitting on the panel for The X Factor Israel after having ‘legitimate concerns’ about travelling there.

The current eruption of violence in the Gaza Strip began last month in Jerusalem, where heavy-handed Israeli police tactics during Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers ignited protests and clashes with police.

The X Factor’s production company, Reshet, said that Simon had pulled out ‘for his own reasons’ and that he was ‘bitterly disappointed’ by the decision.

All in the details: Lauren toted her belongings in a stylish black handbag and wore a bracelet on both her right wrist and left ankle

All in the details: Lauren toted her belongings in a stylish black handbag and wore a bracelet on both her right wrist and left ankle

A source added: ‘Simon won’t be going to Israel after all. I know it has already been announced that he was one of the judges, but for a number of reasons he just can’t be there in Israel to film the show now.

‘Of course he is bitterly disappointed – but it was a decision he had to take.’

A representative for Simon declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.

Happy: Simon and Lauren were in high spirits as they strolled through the capital and made sure to smile for photographers

Happy: Simon and Lauren were in high spirits as they strolled through the capital and made sure to smile for photographers 

Hot spot: The pair had spent the evening at Mayfair hotspot Harry's alongside media mogul Richard Desmond and and his wife Joy Canfield

Hot spot: The pair had spent the evening at Mayfair hotspot Harry’s alongside media mogul Richard Desmond and and his wife Joy Canfield

The show had already been delayed due to the pandemic, originally intended to begin production at the end of 2020.

Simon was set to be a judge, alongside 2018 Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai, and singers Aviv Geffen, Margalit Tzanani, Miri Mesika and Ran Danker.

‘I can barely wait to see what the Israelis have to offer,’ was Simon’s comment when he was first slated to appear on the show.

Yet it seems he won’t be taking part at all as the the violent clashes between Arabs and Jews in Israel have resulted in terrible scenes not witnessed in more than two decades.

End of the night: The couple strolled to their taxi

End of the night: The couple strolled to their taxi after enjoying their double dinner date together 

Friends: Doting mother Lauren made sure to pose with Joy, who looked fabulous in a plunging floral dress

Friends: Doting mother Lauren made sure to pose with Joy, who looked fabulous in a plunging floral dress

Standing tall: Joy teamed her summery frock with a pair of pale pink heels and wore a swipe of bright pink lipstick

Standing tall: Joy teamed her summery frock with a pair of pale pink heels and wore a swipe of bright pink lipstick 

All in the detail: Joy wore a statement-making necklace

All in the detail: Joy wore a statement-making necklace with her glamorous look 

Smile! Both Lauren and Joy took the time to pose for photographers before heading home

Smile! Both Lauren and Joy took the time to pose for photographers before heading home

A focal point of clashes was Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, built on a hilltop compound that is revered by Jews and Muslims.

Israel regards Jerusalem in its entirety as its capital, while the Palestinians want east Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.

Simon reportedly has his hands full with other projects meanwhile, as he is said to be working on a new talent show with plans to air it on one of ITV’s ‘rival channels’.

The mogul is currently ‘weighing up his options’ and even considering taking his new show to a streaming platform such as Netflix instead of airing it on a terrestrial channel.

Friends: Simon and Richard, 69, left Harry's bar together

Friends: Simon and Richard, 69, left Harry’s bar together

Smart: Richard looked smart in a navy pinstripe suit which he teamed with a bright blue shirt and smart shoes

Smart: Richard looked smart in a navy pinstripe suit which he teamed with a bright blue shirt and smart shoes

Time to go home: Lauren showed off her immaculate pedicure as she stepped into her and Simon's cab

Time to go home: Lauren showed off her immaculate pedicure as she stepped into her and Simon’s cab

The Sun reports that ‘Simon has told friends he is sick of competitors trying to out-do the brand, so decided he would do it himself’.

A source told the paper: ‘Simon is constantly thinking creatively of new ideas and shows, innovating and evolving all the time. He’s vowed that his next show will be bigger and better than BGT.’

They added: ‘He’s weighing up his options. Simon has a big vision and the likes of Netflix have hundreds of millions in their coffers to help make it a reality.’

Simon recently returned to the America’s Got Talent judging panel after breaking his back in a horrific bike accident.

The father-of-one had to undergo a six-hour surgery to have a rod inserted after the crash.

He was at least doing well enough after the accident to share a short message on his social media accounts.

‘Some good advice… If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time,’ he wrote ominously.

‘I have broken part of my back. Thank you to everyone for your kind messages. And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever me.’ 

Thumbs up! Happy to be calling it a night, Simon flashed photographers a thumbs up before closing the car door

Thumbs up! Happy to be calling it a night, Simon flashed photographers a thumbs up before closing the car door 



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