05/09/2015 06:55 BST | Updated 05/09/2015 06:59 BST

'X Factor' 2015: Simon Cowell Defends Decision To Include Footage Of Him Crying Over Mother's Death During Josh Daniel's Audition

Simon’s mother, Julie Brett, died just days before filming began on the new series of ‘The X Factor’ in July, aged 89 after suffering a stroke.

He previously claimed that returning to work alongside Cheryl, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora had helped him through his grief.

“I know it sounds like a cliché, but having such a strong bond with my mum meant I knew exactly what she'd have said. It would have been, 'This is your show, you love the show, go back and do your job',” he said.

"I'm not going to lie, there were times it was incredibly difficult, but then there were other times I was able to switch my mind off and concentrate on what was happening and the contestants."

‘The X Factor’ continues tonight (5 September) at 8.15pm on ITV.

Photo gallery 'X Factor' 2015 Photoshoot See Gallery