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Simon Cowell personally invites terminally ill Irish brothers to visit him backstage at X Factor studios

Sasha Brady

Published 28/11/2015 | 15:23

Simon Cowell with brothers Archie, George and Isaac Naughton. simoncowellnews.wordpress.com
Simon Cowell with brothers Archie, George and Isaac Naughton. simoncowellnews.wordpress.com

Simon Cowell personally invited three terminally ill Irish brothers to visit him backstage at the X Factor studios.

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Archie (9) and twins George and Isaac Naughton (5) were invited to watch the ITV talent show's rehearsals and meet judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

The three boys were diagnosed with Ducheene Muscular Dystrophy in 2012.

DMD is a devastating condition that has no cure or treatment.

It means that the only three children of Padraic and Paula Naughton are unlikely to live beyond their late teens or early 20s.

"The boys were delighted with the invite," said mum Paula when speaking to Independent.ie.

The Roscommon boys were invited to the ITV studios for the show's rehearsals and got to see all the backstage buzz.

Read more: Parents of boys with terminal Ducheene Muscular Dystrophy call for greater research

Archie Naughton poses with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini backstage at the X Factor studios. Facebook.
Archie Naughton poses with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini backstage at the X Factor studios. Facebook.

"Cheryl was brilliant. She was helping two of her acts with their choreography and she was really going through it with them step-by-step," said Paula.

"The boys got their picture taken with her and (dad) Padraig is such a big fan that he didn't want to let her go.

Amanda Byram wearing a 'JoinOurBoys' charity t-shirt at the Irish Mirror Pride of Ireland awards
Amanda Byram wearing a 'JoinOurBoys' charity t-shirt at the Irish Mirror Pride of Ireland awards

"He probably hasn't washed since he met her," joked Paula.

Olly Murs, Caroline Flack and a few of the contestants all got a chance to chat with the Naughtons.

Wheelchair-bound Archie was most impressed by his favourite X Factor star, Simon and Paula said she was "blown away" by the music mogul's partner and mother of his baby, Lauren Silverman.

"She was just so humble, so down-to-earth... the type of person you could see yourself sitting down for a coffee with. She chatted away with us for ages. I couldn't get over how kind she was," explained Paula.

Read more: Mum of boys with rare disease wants better health services

Simon shared the story on his blog, as well as a photo of him posing with the three smiling brothers.

George, Archie and Isaac Naughton will be switching on the Christmas lights at Heuston Station on December 1. Facebook
George, Archie and Isaac Naughton will be switching on the Christmas lights at Heuston Station on December 1. Facebook

Paula and the boys' father Padraig Naughton, have set up a charity called Join Our Boys to find the treatment and a cure for the disease.

The charity has raised more than €850,000 since the couple set it up and their achievement was recognised at this year's Irish Mirror Pride of Ireland Awards last weekend.

Simon Cowell presented the family with their award through a video link and then invited them to join him in London for the X Factor.

Read more: VIDEO: 'Mummy, am I going to die?' Parents fight for their terminally ill boys' futures  

"The disease is just so catastrophic and Archie has deteriorated lately that it was so nice for the boys to have such a fantastic experience," said Paula.

The charity are appealing for volunteers to help with fund raising at Dublin's Houston Station between 11am and 6.30pm between December 11 and 22.

The little Naughton brothers have also been invited to switch the Christmas lights on at Houston Station on Tuesday, December 1 at 6pm.

For information or to lend your support email joinourboys@gmail.com or visit the website or Facebook page.

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