One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson is to honor his mom with his performance on X-Factor on Friday. The singer’s mother passed away on Wednesday, at age 42.

 

Louis Tomlinson and his mother, Johanna Deakin.
Photo: Dave J Hogan/ Getty Images

 

Louis Tomlinson is in mourning. His mother, Johannah Deakin, lost the battle with leukemia on Wednesday, December 7, at only 42-years of age. A family statement has been released shortly after the sad news: “It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin’s family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday 7th December 2016”, the statement read, adding: “We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private.”

Johanna’s husband Dan wrote a longer statement about his late wife. “I thoroughly loved walking through life with her, and though five years was far too short a time, during that time we had so many lifetimes worth of happiness, adventures, and memories”, he writes.

Deakin has received her diagnosis earlier this year. The form of leukemia that she has was “very aggressive”, according to the same statement. Louis’ mother would have turned 43 next Friday. She is survived by six other children: 18-year-old Lottie, 16-year-old Felicité, 12-year-old twins Phoebe and Daisy and 2-year-old twins Ernest and Doris.

Tomlinson has not commented yet on the passing of his mother. His management team confirmed that his scheduled appearance on X-Factor on Friday will be honoured. The 24-year-old former One Direction member has received heart-warming messages of support from all over the world, starting with the closest friends, to his fans.

“My heart breaks for you. I am so sorry” X-Factor judge Cheryl Cole tweeted to Tomlinson.

 

 

“Heartbroken for you @Louis_Tomlinson. Your mum Jay was an incredible person. Sending you all my love,” said Simon Cowell.

 

“@Louis_Tomlinson love you bro! All of your family is in my prayers. proud of your strength and know your mum is too x” former bandmate Zayn Malik Tweeted.

Harry Styles also had several tweets, posting several photos of Louis’ mother. “I will never forget you!” he wrote.