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One Direction reunite to support grieving Louis Tomlinson on X Factor in “touching move” after his mum's death

Mirror logo Mirror 11/12/2016 Claire Rutter
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One Direction reunited last night in a “touching move” to support Louis Tomlinson following the tragic death of his mother Johannah Deakin.

Niall Horan flew in from New York to be with Louis and was joined by Liam Payne and Harry Styles at the Wembley Arena on Saturday night.

It's the first time that the lads have got back together following their decision to take an extended break but they reunited for their grieving bandmate.

“Harry, Niall and Liam all wanted to be there to support Louis tonight for what was undoubtedly one of the most difficult moments of his life,” an X Factor insider told The Sun.

“It was an incredible and special thing for them to get back together as a four and be like brothers again. Niall flew in overnight from New York so he could be there and Liam came from Los Angeles. It was that important they were together.”

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They also added: “They were all in Louis’s dressing room together and it was obviously an incredible emotional night.”

While former bandmate Zayn Malik was not there at the X Factor final with the boys, he did share his support for Louis after the sad news broke about Johanna's death.

Following his performance, Louis admitted that it was 'harder than he imagined' on Saturday night.

The One Direction star flew solo for the first time on the show's final just days after losing his mother Johannah Deakin to leukaemia.

Within hours of his performance, he was apologising to his late mum for swearing as Louis shared: “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!

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

He also added a special thanks to his collaborator, as he wrote: “Also @steveaoki , you have been such a rock and inspiration throughout this ! Pure talent and a real gent!”

Simon Cowell was the first to rush over to Louis after his emotional performance on The X Factor final.

The show's bosses was seen marching from his judge's seat to head straight over to Louis after he debuted his solo single, Just Hold On, which he sang in honour of his late mother Johannah Deakin, who tragically died earlier this week after a battle with leukaemia.

Simon, who lost his mother Julie at the age of 89 last year, was visibly upset when he praised the star after his performance.

When the cameras were switched off while they went to an ad break, Simon approached both Louis and Steve Aoki, and gave them both a hug and a pat on the back.

After sharing a few moments to chat, an emotional Louis could be seen throwing his arms around his mentor Simon for a tight embrace.

Dermot O'Leary and show judge Louis Walsh also took a moment to hug Louis before he left the stage.

After finishing his performance, Louis blew kisses to heaven on Saturday night.

Johannah Deakin tragically passed away aged 43 on Wednesday at Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital following a battle with leukaemia, leaving behind seven children.

Fans had expected the One Direction star to cancel his planned appearance on Simon Cowell 's talent show this evening.

However, much to everyone's surprise, he kept his promise and sang his debut single Just Hold On because it was his mother's dying wish.

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Following his performance, the star gazed emotionally at the ceiling and blew kisses.

An emotional Simon Cowell told the star afterwards: "Louis, what you've just done and the bravery that took - I just respect you so much as an artist and as a person.

"Your mum was so looking forward to tonight and I know she is watching down on you now. She was so proud of you."

It's reported that Louis's new song was penned about Johannah.

Louis Tomlinson breaks silence after beloved mum's death - just hours before X Factor performance

The lyrics included the poignant lines: "It’s not over till the sun has set, It’s not over till your dying breath’ are believed to be about his mother’s fight with the disease."

Following his performance, the star was given a standing ovation.

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In the hours leading up to last night’s show the 24-year-old thanked fans for supporting him in the wake of his mother’s death yesterday.

His ex girlfriend Briana Jungwirth, the mother of Louis’ 11-month-old son Freddie, took to Instagram to share a heartfelt message.

The 24-year-old stylist said: “My heart aches. Every time I look at Freddie, I see you in him Jay. I will always remember the times we shared and the talks we had.

“I looked up to you and sadly only knowing you for a short time, I aspired to be just like you in a mother to Freddie.

Louis Tomlinson will dedicate X Factor final performance to late mum Johannah Deakin

“I promise to share with him all of what I know of you including your beautiful attributes. We both loved you very much. You’ll always stay close forever in our hearts.”

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