Louis Tomlinson’s Stepdad Shares Final Message From 1D Star’s Late Mom (UPDATE)
UPDATE (12/14/2016 at 1:00 p.m. ET):
The moving tributes to Louis Tomlinson’s mother Johannah Deakin continue.
The mom of seven’s husband Dan Deakin shared an emotional message from his late wife, who lost her battle with cancer, just days after Louis’s tear-jerking performance on the UK’s X Factor.
Feeling so much love around me and my family . Mum would have been so fucking proud ( sorry for swearing mum ) love you !Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) December 11, 2016
“Hi, it's Dan,” the widower wrote.
“Johannah asked for me to send this afterwards. She wanted to thank you all, and to let you know that you have been amazing right from the start.”
The inspiring sentiments didn’t end there.
Hi, it's Dan. Johannah asked for me to send this afterwards. She wanted to thank you all, and to let you know that you have been amazingJohannah Deakin (@JohannahDarling) December 13, 2016
“You changed Louis'[s] life, but also her life. Your support now is as strong if not stronger than ever,” the tweet continued.
“So from Johannah one last time, thank you for everything xxx.”
Louis, 24, has yet to publicly respond to his stepdad’s statement, but his tear-filled performance — which you can learn about on the next page — likely said it all for the grieving son.
right from the start. You changed Louis' life, but also her life. Your support now is as strong if not stronger than ever.Johannah Deakin (@JohannahDarling) December 13, 2016
So from Johannah one last time, thank you for everything xxxJohannah Deakin (@JohannahDarling) December 13, 2016
Original story (12/10/2016 at 5:45 p.m. ET):
The former One Direction member debuted his new track on the show, "Just Hold On" with DJ Steve Aoki, as a tribute to his late mother Johannah Deakin, who passed away on Wednesday after losing her battle with leukaemia at 42.
One person who was impressed with the display was judge Simon Cowell, as the normally cold-hearted host told a tearful Louis: "I have to say something to you. I’ve known you for six years, what you’ve just done — the bravery."
"I respect you as an artist and I respect you as a person," the 57-year-old continued. "Your mum was so proud of you Louis and she was so looking forward to this performance. She’s watching over you now and you’ve done her so proud."
The father-of-one, 24, earned a standing ovation from the four judges as well as the 12,000 fans in the crowd at Wembley Arena.
The song's lyrics seem almost tailormade for helping one get through a difficult life event: "If it all goes wrong, darling just hold on / The sun goes down and it comes back up / The world, it turns no matter what / If it all goes wrong, darling just hold on."
Steve, 39, cancelled several of his own tour dates so he could offer his support to his friend and collaborator as he debuted their new track.
Prior to the performance, Louis took to Twitter to thank his fans for their support, writing: "All the support has been incredible! Let's do this together tonight."
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