Louis Tomlinson's debut single tops UK iTunes chart after emotional X Factor performance... as singer grieves the death of his mother Johannah
- Mourning Louis Tomlinson, 24, performed on The X Factor final on Saturday night days after his mother's death
- His mentor Simon Cowell praised his bravery, after which he fought back tears while the show's head honcho said: 'She's looking down on you tonight'
- The star took to Twitter after the show to thank his fans for their support before stating: 'Mum would have been so proud'
- Sources tell MailOnline Louis' One Direction bandmates Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Niall Horan jetted from around the world to be by his side
- Louis' midwife mother Johannah Deakin, 43, passed away on Wednesday after a battle with leukaemia
The One Direction star, 24, has collaborated with electro-house producer Steve Aoki on dance track Just Hold On – his first musical offering since the boy-band announced their temporary hiatus last November.
The pair have since topped the iTunes chart, with fans rushing to download the song after their moving live performance, a tribute to Louis' mother Johannah Deakin, who lost her battle with leukemia on Wednesday morning, aged 42.
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Chart topper: Louis Tomlinson’s debut single has topped the iTunes charts following his emotional performance on Saturday evening’s edition of The X Factor
After hearing the news Steve, 39, shared a picture of the UK iTunes charts on his Snapchat account, writing: ‘Wow thank u. Number 1!!! (sic)." He also included an emoji of the British flag.
The track pushed Louis' former bandmate Zayn Malik's collaboration with Taylor Swift, I Don't Wanna Live Forever, into the number two spot.
The single now tops iTunes in 29 countries and has entered the Top 5 in 67 countries in total.
Collaboration: The One Direction star, 24, has collaborated with electro-house producer Steve Aoki on dance track Just Hold On – his first musical offering since the boy-band announced their temporary hiatus last November
Tough: Grieving Louis Tomlinson bravely took The X Factor stage during Saturday night's final, just days after his mum Johannah Deakin's death
News of Johannah's death was announced on Friday, shortly before the One Direction star appeared on the show which made him famous in 2010.
Performing his new track with Steve the star fought back tears before thanking his fans on Twitter for their outpouring of support.
Louis gave an energetic performance as he ran around the stage, after which the judges gave a standing ovation to Louis, who looked pensive as he hugged Steve following the performance.
In a touching tribute, Simon said: 'Louis, I have to say I've known you for six years. The bravery of what you've done. I respect you as an artist, as a person and your mum was so proud of you and she was so excited for the performance. She's looking down on you tonight.'
Following the performance, Louis took to Twitter to thank his millions of fans for their outpouring of support, writing: 'Feeling so much love around me and my family. Mum would have been so f**ing proud ( sorry for swearing mum ) love you !...
'Harder than I ever imagined': Following the performance Louis took to Twitter to thank his millions of fans for their outpouring of support
Bravery: The tragic news was announced on Friday, shortly before the 24-year-old One Direction star appeared on the show which made him famous six years before
'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!'
He also thanked his collaborator Steve, writing: 'Also @steveaoki , you have been such a rock and inspiration throughout this ! Pure talent and a real gent !'
Louis' One Direction bandmates attended the X Factor final, as sources reveal to MailOnline that Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Niall Horan headed to the London show to back the star following his tragic news.
The group reunited on the show which made them famous, as they rushed to throw their support behind their pal.
Proud: In a touching tribute, Simon said: 'Louis, I have to say I've known you for six years. The bravery of what you've done. I respect you as an artist, as a person and your mum was so proud of you and she was so excited for the performance. She's looking down on you tonight'
Sources tell MailOnline: 'Harry, Niall and Liam all came down to X factor to support Louis. They all were backstage with him supporting him. It was a lovely moment - and shows the unity of 1D. First time all back together in a year.
'It was a lovely touching moment backstage and they all came to support Louis during a horrible time. Niall even flew back from New York.'
The group have not been together as a group for a year, with Louis' tragedy marking their first reunion.
Back together again: Louis' One Direction bandmates attended the X Factor final, as sources reveal to MailOnline that Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Niall Horan headed to the London show to back the star following his tragic news
Tearful: Hours before Saturday night's show Louis spoke publicly for the first time since his mother passed away, when he took to Twitter on Saturday to thank his fans for their support as he encouraged them to tune into his first solo performance
Hours before Saturday night's show Louis spoke publicly for the first time since his mother passed away, when he took to Twitter on Saturday to thank his fans for their support as he encouraged them to tune into his first solo performance.
Addressing his 25.3 million followers, he wrote: 'All the support has been incredible! Let's do this together tonight.'
The performance was previously scheduled, with Johannah said to be looking forward to seeing her son back on the stage where he first shot to fame.
As well as Louis, Johannah leaves behind six other children, Lottie, 18, Felicite, 16, twins Daisy and Phoebe, both 12, and twins Ernest and Doris, both aged two, who she gave birth to prematurely in 2014. She was also grandmother to Louis' ten-month-old son Freddie.
Amazing: Louis' bravery was a focal point of the show
A great friend: Simon praised Steve for his amazing friendship to the grieving star
Louis' performance comes after his ex-girlfriend, and the mother of his son, Briana Jungwirth paid tribute to his mother.
The 24-year-old stylist - who raises 11-month-old Freddie with the singer - took to Instagram to share a heartfelt message on Saturday after the One Direction star's mother lost her secret battle with leukaemia.
She wrote: '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.
Belting it out: Louis gave his very best for the performance which many lauded as incredibly brave
Giving his all: Louis put on an incredible performance in what was undoubtedly one of the hardest times of his life
Taking the stage: Louis performed Just Hold On, his new track with Steve Aoki
The tributes for Louis's mother continued as his former One Direction band mate Niall Horan shared an emotional tribute on Twitter to his 28 million followers.
'Very sad news . Louis I love you mate and I'm / all of us are here for you all the way . You're mum was an incredible person,' he shared. 'Thinking of you and your family .love from my family to yours..'.
Meanwhile, Cheryl has reached out to Louis Tomlinson with a touching message following his mother death.
Taking to Twitter on Friday after the news was released, the pop star - who is expecting a baby with Louis' One Direction bandmate - wrote: 'My heart breaks for you. I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones at this incredibly tragic time.'
Devastating: The tributes for Louis's mother continued as his former One Direction band mate Niall Horan shared an emotional tribute on Twitter to his 28 million followers
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