Tony Cowell says he feels sorry for his brother having to grieve for their mum publically

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Simon Cowell’s brother has spoken of the X Factor boss’words of comfort when their mother Julie passed away earlier this month.

Tony Cowell, 56, revealed: ‘Simon said the night she died, ‘Mum is at peace now. We will never forget her and how much she loved us.’

Simon’s older brother added that he has empathy for the X Factor boss having to grieve for the loss of his mother in the public eye.

‘I feel for all my family, including Simon, who must live out his grief in the glare of the spotlight. That’s not easy but the Simon I know and love will come through.’

He added: ‘Like mum, he’s a fighter and never gives up.’

Tony also revealed that after Julie, who was 89, suffered a stroke in October ‘it was clear she was unlikely to recover.’

The first X Factor auditions of the season were cancelled following the death of Simon, 55, and Tony’s mum.

A spokesman for Simon’s family said: ‘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.’

A pal close to Simon said the media mogul was ‘absolutely devastated’. ‘His mum was the most beloved person in his life and they were incredibly close.

‘But at least she got to see him settle down and start a family which was one of the great wishes of her life. Julie had been unwell for some time and she was in a home. But Simon and his brothers were in constant contact with her and the family remained very close.

‘They had been paying regular visits to her bedside and it’s been a God send that Simon hadn’t had to do too much work in the US over the last year. He’s completely heartbroken.’

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Lisa Blake