In his debut solo performance, just three days after his mother Johannah Deakin succumbed to leukaemia, Louis Tomlinson sang straight from his heart at the X-Factor’s finals on Saturday.
The pain and emotions reflected in his performance of his solo Just Hold On, his latest track with Steve Akoi – however, there was no dearth of energy as he made full use of the stage, and received a standing ovation from the final’s judges.
“Oh until it’s all been said, it’s not over until your dying breath,” Tomlinson sang. “So what do you want them to say when you’re gone? That you gave up or that you kept going on? What do you do when a chapter ends? Do you close the book and never read it again?”
“Where do you go when your story’s done,” the rendition continued. “You can be who you want or who you’ll become. Oh if it all goes wrong, oh darling just hold on. The sun goes down and it comes back up. The world still turns no matter what.”
His mum, Johannah Deakin aged forty-three years, and mother of seven passed away on Wednesday.
“It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin’s family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday, Dec. 7,” the family said in a statement. “Earlier this year Johannah was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukaemia that required immediate and continuous treatment. We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private.”
Just hours before his X-Factor performance, Tomlinson thanked his fans on social media for their love and support, “All the support has been incredible!” he tweeted. “Let’s do this together tonight.”
Simon Cowell, his mentor and a family friend, had this to say soon after the performance,
“You know what. I have to say something to you,” Cowell said as Tomlinson stood onstage. “I’ve known you now for six years. What you’ve just done, and the bravery — I respect you as an artist, I respect you as a person, and your mum was so proud of you, Louis, and she was so looking forward to tonight. She watching down on you now and you’ve done her proud.”
Following the performance, Louis took to Twitter thanking millions of fans for their overwhelming support and love, writing: “Feeling so much love around me and my family. Mum would have been so f**ing proud (sorry for swearing mum) love you!..”
Tomlinson’s performance on Saturday quickly trended on social media with the hashtag #ProudofLouis, with fans continuing to send their love, support and condolences to Tomlinson after his profound loss.
According to sources, his mum had told him that it was her wish to see him perform on the X-Factor. Well, she may not have been there to witness her desire being fulfilled but her son made sure on the X-factor stage, Saturday evening, that he did his mother proud wherever she was.
RIP Johannah Deakin! Your son has sure done you proud!