Heartthrob singer Louis Tomlinson lost his mother Johannah Deakin to leukemia on Wednesday. She was 42. Deakin’s husband Dan released a statement which read: “It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin’s family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday 7th December 2016.” Understandably heartbroken, Tomlinson has not yet made a public statement. In the meantime, he has received an outpouring of support from his fellow One Direction band mates, Simon Cowell and other Celebrities in the industry.

Johannah Deakin was a midwife who was well known by the group’s fans and was often featured on social media with her famous son. Sadly, Deakin had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia earlier this year. Affectionately referred to as “Jay,” she leaves behind her husband Dan, seven children, and one grandchild who is 24-year-old Tomlinson’s son.

Fulfilling a proud mother’s dying wish

Per his mother’s wish, Tomlinson is planning to return to the stage on Saturday, December 10th. He will debut his live solo performance on The X Factor at Wembley Arena.

No doubt, his planned tribute to his mom will be incredibly emotional and difficult. Even though Tomlinson’s performance has been in the works for some time, it will come three days after his mother’s death. Despite the pressure, the singer can count on the love and support he will be surrounded by.

What’s next for One Direction members and fans?

One Direction members have been going in different directions lately.

Zayn Malik parted ways with the group in 2015 and has teamed up with Taylor Swift for the hot “Fifty Shades of Darker” soundtrack. He recently won the American Music Award for New Artist of the Year. Swift’s former beau and Malik’s former band mate Harry Styles has released solo projects as well. Naturally, as with any other singing group, rumors of a breakup spark when members leave or go solo. The rumor mill has often grinded out stories about Styles wanting to go it alone or get into acting.

As for now, the official word is the English-Irish pop band is on hiatus.

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