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Simon Cowell pays tribute to his mum as X Factor auditions get back under way

Simon Cowell has paid tribute to his "very special" mother as X Factor (opens in new tab) auditions are set to begin after a break following her death.

Music mogul Simon thanked all those who had sent messages of sympathy since his mother Julie died aged 89.

My family lost someone very special on Sunday. My Mum. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all of the kind messages received. Thank you. X

— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) July 7, 2015

Auditions for the ITV talent show were due to begin in Manchester on Monday but were cancelled.

Two days of try-outs for the new-look show are expected to be attended by Simon and fellow judges Rita Ora and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, as well as new presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.

Julie Cowell, Simon Cowell and Sinitta

Simon Cowell with his mum Julie and friend Sinitta (Steve Parsons/PA)

Julie Cowell was the mother of four boys – Nicholas, Simon, Tony and Michael – and stepmother to John and June.

A family statement after her death read: "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."

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