Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell

Mourning Simon Cowell touched by public's support

SIMON Cowell was touched by the "incredible" support he received from the public after his mother's death.

The 55-year-old music mogul lost his mother Julie two weeks ago following a lengthy illness and although Simon is typically guarded with his emotions, he admits to being heartened by the public's sympathies.

He conceded: "That kind of got me through it, if I'm being honest."

Simon had been preparing himself for the worst for a while and revealed he was determined not to "burden" anyone else with his problem.

He shared: "She'd been ill for a very long time. It really happened last year and it was a tough, tough period.

"But I didn't want to burden anyone else with my problem. That's why I never talked about it.

"In a way, that was the hardest part because it was always on your mind. But look, I experienced it with my dad and the only thing I can say is that I have incredible memories."

Julie died just a day before Simon was due to start recording 'The X Factor', but he says his speedy return to work is what his mother would have wanted.

He told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "It sounds corny but it's exactly what she would have wanted me to do as she loved what I did. When it came to work, she would say, 'Get back and do what you enjoy'."