Louis Tomlinson took to the stage on ‘X Factor’ with Steve Aoki on December 10 to perform a song in honor of his late mother Johannah Deakin, ‘Just Hold On’, and he totally blew us away! She would be so proud! See the heartfelt tribute here!
Only one day after news of Louis Tomlinson’s, 23, mother, Johannah Deakin passing away, the former One Direction singer returned to where it all started on the X Factor. On the competition stage on December 10, Louis performed a beautiful set in honor of his mum, pouring his heart out in an upbeat performance of his new song “Just Hold On”.
Louis’ song with Steve Aoki was incredible to see performed live! He’s the latest 1D singer to go solo, and he’s done a brilliant job so far. Louis stood on stage by himself, just a microphone in hand, as the arena erupted in rainbow lights and fog. Insane! Steve DJ’d from a booth on a platform high above him, and the crowd went wild! Throughout the entire performance, Louis didn’t even break a sweat, looking cool and collected despite his recent tragedy. He’s a true professional.
And X-Factor creator and One Director mentor Simon Cowell recognized that immediately. He delivered a heartfelt message to Louis before the singer left the stage: “Louis, I’ve known you now for six years. What you’ve done just now…the bravery. I respect you as an artist, and I respect you as a person. Your mum, she’s watching down on you now, and you’ve done her proud.”
Johannah tragically died in the early hours of Dec. 7 after losing her battle to leukemia. She was only 43 years old at the time of her death. This is heartbreaking. Johanna is survived by Louis and her six other children, the youngest of them being a set of two-year-old twins. “Johannah was first and foremost a truly amazing mother to seven children – Louis, Lottie, Félicité, and two sets of twins, Phoebe and Daisy and Ernest and Doris — whose individual talents and success are testament to the principles and beliefs she instilled in them,” Johannah’s husband Dan Deakin wrote in a statement.
Johannah’s death has prompted comments and tributes from Louis’ former bandmates including Niall Horan, 23, Zayn Malik, 23, and Liam Payne, 23. Liam’s girlfriend Cheryl Cole, 33, also reached out to Louis to express her deepest condolences. Brianna Jungwirth, the mother of Louis’ son and Johannah’s grandson, Freddie, sent an emotional tribute on Instagram as well.
Our hearts continue to go out to Louis and the rest of his family during this difficult time!
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