Published: Sun, December 11, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Louis Tomlinson fights back tears in heartbreaking X Factor performance

Louis Tomlinson fights back tears in heartbreaking X Factor performance

Deakin died on Wednesday after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia earlier in the year.

Revealing that Johannah would send him up to seven texts a day, Louis got emotional as he spoke about his mother in the 2011 ITV documentary One Direction: A Year In The Making. "All of your family is in my prayers. proud of your strength and know your mum is too x (sic)".

After the performance, Simon Cowell passed along some incredibly heartfelt words to Louis, and it is something that he can unfortunately relate to having lost his mother just previous year.

Louis' former bandmates Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne have also posted their own tributes to Johannah on the site. In the family statement, Deakin's husband Dan spoke of his wife's character and charitable nature. "We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private". Louis I love you mate and I'm / all of us are here for you all the way. "She's watching over you now and you've done her so proud".

As he came to the end of his performance during tonight's live final of The X Factor at Wembley Arena, Louis looked down at the floor with all four judges giving him a standing ovation.

"She desired nothing more than for everyone around her to be happy and loving".

Deakin, who was a midwife, is well known to One Direction fans and often appeared on social media with her famous son.

Deakin's last Instagram post five weeks ago was a picture of Tomlinson, who she described as "my flawless boy".

As well as 24-year-old Tomlinson, she leaves behind six other children, Lottie, 18, Felicite, 16, and two sets of twins, Phoebe and Daisy, both 12, and Ernest and Doris, both two.

Tomlinson, who had been scheduled to make a surprise appearance on the X Factor this weekend, will still perform in memory of his mother. The Tomlinson family will be touched by the support that One Direction fans shown to Louis and his siblings.

The singer blew a kiss up to the ceiling as he listened to Simon's comments.

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