One Direction star Louis Tomlinson says he will perform on the X Factor in tribute to his brave mum after she lost her fight against an aggressive form of leukaemia at the age of just 43.
Midwife Johannah Deakin passed away on Wednesday according to a statement released by the singing superstar. She was a mum to seven, including 24-year-old Louis, who was her eldest. Her youngest children are twins Ernest and Doris who are just two. She was also thrilled to become a young grandmother to Louis’ son Freddie, 10 months.
Devastated Louis was already scheduled to perform his debut single Just Hold On, a track with DJ Steve Aoki, on the X Factor on Saturday. He says he will still go ahead and will dedicate his performance to his mother, who was understood to be excited about seeing her son back on the stage where it all begain for the singer.
His mum was only diagnosed this year with an aggressive form of leukaemia and, despite immediate and aggressive treatment, she could no longer fight. Her husband Dan Deakin described her as “first and foremost an incredible mother”.
Leukaemia is a cancer of the white blood cells. It is now clear what type Johannah was sufferng frm however, with some being much more aggressive than others, and therefore much harder to treat.
Immediately, support has been flooding in for Louis and his family, with singer and former X Factor judge Cheryl Ferdinez Versini, who is expecting a baby with Louis’ bandmate Liam Payne, tweeting: “My heart breaks for you. I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones at this tragic time.”
Louis’ former bandmate Zayn Malik, who left One Direction to pursue a solo career, said: “Love you bro! All of your family is in my prayers.”