Sinitta has revealed that close friend Simon Cowell is deliberately putting on weight in an effort to aid his recovery from a broken back.
The 61-year-old media mogul has been KOed since August after suffering the injury while testing out a new electric bike at his home in California, forcing him to pull out of TV commitments including Britain's Got Talent.
Cowell lost significant weight over the last couple of years by adopting a strict vegan diet but is now increasing the amount of protein he consumes to speed up his return to work.
"I spoke to him last week and he sounded so much better," Sinitta told The Sun.
"He wasn't dazed, sedated or weak. He was really bright, happy and clear. He's gained a bit of weight and is looking healthier.
"He said he had to start eating protein, calcium and break his vegan diet to rebuild his strength.
"That's the wisest thing. He was bloated and stressed, then he was too thin and exhausted.
"Now he is fit and relaxed. He's found his sweet spot. He sounds relieved and exhilarated. The sea air is so healing and rejuvenating."
Cowell is hoping to be well enough to fly back to the UK in time to start recording the next series of Britain's Got Talent in January.