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Louis Tomlinson sad over mum's death

AAP logoAAP 11/12/2016 By Ryan Wilkinson and Katie Archer, Press Association

Louis Tomlinson says singing on The X Factor days after the death of his mother was "harder than I ever imagined".

The One Direction star said she would have been "proud" to see him perform his new single, Just Hold On, on Saturday night's show in the UK.

His mother Johannah Deakin died on Wednesday at the age of 43 after a battle with leukaemia.

Tomlinson, 24, thanked his fans and Steve Aoki, the US DJ he collaborated with for his latest record, for their support on Twitter.

"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!

"Feeling so much love around me and my family . Mum would have been so f****** proud ( sorry for swearing mum) love you !

"Also @steveaoki , you have been such a rock and inspiration throughout this ! Pure talent and a real gent !"

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