Tony Cowell pays tribute to mum Julie one year after her death

One year after her tragic death, Tony Cowell has taken to Twitter to remember his mother Julie. She passed away aged 89 after a long illness, and Simon's big brother shared a sweet photo of them in remembrance.

Alongside the snap of him with Julie and wife Emma Lloyd-Cowell, Tony wrote: "Remembering mum today. A year ago today she passed and we still love her dearly. So many memories. Sleep well mum x."


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Julie Cowell sadly passed away last year following a long illness

Emma also posted a sweet message, adding: "our beautiful, The Mother and remembering the hours and hours of laughter and mischief!!!"

Simon, 56, has remained silent on social media so far, but last year the X Factor judge opened up about the pain of losing Julie.

In July he told The Sun: "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.

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Her son Simon Cowell later opened up about the pain of losing her

"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."

After cancelling just two days of X Factor auditions following his mother's death, Simon threw himself back into work – and his co-stars praised his strength.

Cheryl said at the time: "I have always admired his strength and tenacity, but now I have a whole new level of respect and love for him." 

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