We're heartbroken to report that X Factor auditions have been postponed because Simon Cowell's mother, Julie Powell has passed away. She was 89 years old.

The first round of auditions were due to take place on Sunday in Manchester, but have been postponed until further notice.

"They were due to start today [Sunday] and carry on into Tuesday and Wednesday. Today's have been cancelled and we have not made any decisions beyond that," a spokesperson told BBC.

The Cowell family is absolutely devastated by the news, and a representative told People, "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."

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The Syco executive's brother, Tony Cowell, tweeted that she was the "heart and soul" of the family.

Niall Horan also tweeted his condolences, calling her a "very nice lady."

Our hearts go out to Simon and his family. It seems like he was really close to his mom, and must be going through a difficult time.

Are you surprised auditions were postponed? Send your kind wishes to the Cowell family in the comments!

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