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Simon Cowell touched by public's support

ShowbizBy Sunday World
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'."