The One Direction world was shocked to learn of the passing of 1D mum Johanna Deakin on December 7. The mum of Louis Tomlinson and siblings was only 42 when she passed after a short battle with leukemia which was apparently diagnosed earlier this year.
Family and close friends said goodbye to the midwife and beloved mum in a private funeral and wake on December 21. The wake, held at Ye Olde Bell Hotel, was heavy with security to ensure privacy during this difficult time for the family.
At Louis side to show support was band mate and friend Liam Payne. The two were seen entering the wake, looking somber following the private service.
Louis, who was particularly close to his mother, stayed strong following the news as he performed on the finale of the X Factor only days later. Singing his debut solo with Steve Aioki ‘Just Hold On’, Tomlison made a tribute to his mother with the performance, even pointing to the sky at the end.
During the performance, Tomlinsons band mates were backstage ready to support him during the difficult time.