So, so sad.
On Sunday, Simon Cowell‘s mom, Julie, passed away at 89.
That night, a spokesperson for the music mogul’s family released this statement:
“Today our beloved mum Julie passed away. Anyone who had met her would know what a truly special and kind lady she was. We are heartbroken and will miss her terribly, but she is now at peace.”
The spokesperson also continued that the family is hoping for some privacy during this trying time, saying:
“We would like to thank the media for kindly respecting Julie’s privacy throughout and we politely request continued privacy for the entire family at this particularly difficult time.”
And part of this privacy means putting a pause of X Factor UK. A spokesperson for Simon’s production company, Syco Entertainment, revealed that Monday’s Manchester auditions have been canceled:
“They were due to start today and carry on into Tuesday and Wednesday. Today’s have been cancelled and we have not made any decisions beyond that.”
The 55-year-old has not yet spoken publicly about his mother’s death, but his older brother Tony took to Twitter to share some thoughts about his mother’s passing:
Very sad night tonight. We will all miss Mum so very much. She was the heart and soul of our family x
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Tony Cowell (@cowelltweets) July 5, 2015
Very sad to hear of the passing of Julie , very nice lady! Condolences are with Simon and his family at this time …
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) July 6, 2015
We can’t imagine what the Cowell clan is feeling right now, and our hearts go out to everyone affected by this devastating loss.
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