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One Direction support for Louis Tomlinson on X Factor after mother's death

Members of One Direction reunited to support Louis Tomlinson as he sang on The X Factor just days after the death of his mother.

Tomlinson has admitted that performing his new single Just Hold On during the final was "harder than I ever imagined".

Johannah Deakin died on Wednesday at the age of 43 after a battle with leukaemia but Tomlinson's bandmate Harry Styles was on hand to lend support as he took the stage in her honour.

Styles was photographed backstage with Olympian and former I'm A Celebrity contestant Sam Quek during the live final.

Fellow One Direction stars Liam Payne and Niall Horan were later pictured at Tomlinson's celebration at a nightclub with his family.

The One Direction star has said his mother would have been "proud" to see him perform the track.

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

He said: "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!"

After receiving a standing ovation from the judges, Tomlinson fought back tears as Simon Cowell, who manages One Direction, commended his performance.

He said: "I've known you now for six years. What you've just done, the bravery you've shown, I respect you as an artist, I respect you as a person.

"Your mum was so proud of you, she was so looking forward to tonight and she's looking down on you now. Steve, you're a great friend to him."

Tomlinson blew a kiss up to the ceiling as he listened to Cowell's tribute and a video later emerged of the music mogul embracing Tomlinson after his performance.

Last August One Direction announced they would be going on a one-year hiatus after their Up All Night tour but there has not yet been any indication of if or when that hiatus will end.

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