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Simon Cowell almost quit X Factor

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Simon Cowell almost quit X Factor

Simon Cowell almost quit 'The X Factor' after his mother died.

The 55-year-old music mogul was left devastated when his beloved mother Julie died in July at the age of 89 and while Simon went back to work just a few days later, he admitted he considered leaving the show.

He told the Sunday Express newspaper: "I thought about it long and hard. I gave myself two or three days.

"I know it sounds like a cliché, but having such a strong bond with my mum meant I knew exactly what she'd have said. It would have been: 'This is your show, you love the show, go back and do your job.'"

Simon also revealed that returning to work so soon was quite difficult.

He said: "I'm not going to lie, there were times it was incredibly difficult. But then there were other times I was able to switch my mind off and concentrate on what was happening and the contestants.

"I know I'll miss her every day, but I also know I'm incredibly grateful to have had her. She was an optimist, my mum, and I think I've got that in me as well. I'm trying not to be the victim here."