Simon Cowell opens up about Louis Tomlinson’s future on The X Factor

Louis was a judge on the show in 2018

Simon Cowell and Louis Tomlinson

by Georgie Holland |
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Talent scout and recently-turned vegan Simon Cowell has opened up about his co-judge and close friend Louis Tomlinson, who, two years on from losing his mother to leukaemia, recently suffered the tragic loss of his 18-year-old sister Félicité.

Speaking to The Sun, Simon spoke about Louis' future on the show, as well as praising the star for his 'strength' during such a difficult time, saying, "He has a fantastic career but on a personal side, his mum, his sister, his dad — to take on all of that, God only knows where he found the strength to do that."

The popular judge, who was Louis' mentor back in the One Direction days, has grown very close to the singer over the years. Simon said, "But he is strong, I reached out to say, as friends here, we’re always here for you."

On the topic of the show, the 59-year-old revealed he would understand if Louis wanted to sit this year out, saying, "If he said to me, I am taking time off I would respect that. He’s a great judge, by the way. He worked so hard for it.

"What he has gone through, you don’t even think about work, you just think about how you’re going to be there for him as his friend."


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Louis took to Instagram yesterday (23rd April) to share a candid message with his fans about his most recent thoughts on his career.

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