Just a few days ago, Louis Tomlinson of One Direction lost his mother Johannah Deakin to leukemia at the age of 43. Saturday he debuted his new song with Steve Aoki, Just Hold On in memory of her. According to people.com he had the performance on The X Factor lined up already, and it was her dying wish for him to perform Saturday night. Take a look at the incredible, brave, and emotional performance below.
It’s hard to find words to explain what he did tonight. He was brave, strong, powerful and inspiring. I could see Louis fighting back the tears, but what he did out there is incredible. Really glad all of the boys flew in to be there for him. Like the song lyrics go, “If all goes wrong, darling just hold on.”
That was harder than I ever imagined. I want to thank everyone around me and all of the amazing fans out there that made that so special!
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) December 11, 2016