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X Factor auditions cancelled

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X Factor auditions cancelled

Auditions for 'The X Factor' have been cancelled following the death of Simon Cowell's mother.

A spokesperson for Syco Entertainment has confirmed that the planned events - the first of which was set to take place in Manchester later today (06.07.15) - will not now go ahead after the death of Julie Brett, aged 89, following a lengthy health battle that Simon had chosen to keep private.

Speaking last night, the spokesperson said: "They were due to start tomorrow and carry on into Tuesday and Wednesday. "Tomorrow's have been cancelled and we have not made any decisions beyond that."

Meanwhile, a show insider has revealed the news has upset everyone connected to the ITV programme.

The source told The Sun newspaper: "Everyone at 'X Factor' is devastated for Simon and there was no suggestion that filming would go ahead."

Following Julie's death, the Cowell family issued a statement saying they were "heartbroken" by the news.

It reads: "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."