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Tonight on X Factor, Diamond White dedicated her performance of “Because You Love Me” to her mom, expressing how thankful she is to have her — because she nearly lost her not too long ago.

Suffering from scoliosis, Diamond’s mom required back surgery. While on the operating table, she was clinically dead briefly, but came back with the aid of her doctors. Losing her mother would have orphaned the 13-year-old singer, whose father left when she was 7. While Diamond used to cry for her father, she now says, “I looked at my mom as my only parent, and she’s the only one I need.”

Diamond’s mom, Deborah, who was in the audience tonight and moved to tears by Diamond’s emotional performance, seems pretty thankful herself. “She’s my diamond.” So that’s where the name comes from!