The singer lost his mother Johannah to leukaemia last week
Louis Tomlinson has broken his silence on Instagram following the death of his mum Johannah Deakin last week.
The singer shared some emotional words for fans in the wake of the tragedy, having received thousands of kind messages since the sad news was announced on Friday.
Louis, 24, is particularly grateful for everyone helping him to get through his performance of his debut solo single Just Hold On on The X Factor on Saturday night.
‘Thank you for the incredible support :),’ Louis captioned a photo of him and collaborator Steve Aoki following their set.
The One Direction star’s fans are thrilled to have him back and have been sending further supportive messages as he continues to grieve.
‘STAY STRONG LOU.. were so proud of u lou,’ one follower commented, whilst another wrote: ‘I loved your song!!! I cried because you sang it and the song is sad!!! You were amazing!!! Stay strong!!! your family and you are in my prayers!!!’
It’s the first time that Louis has posted on the site since Johannah died aged 43 last Wednesday, having been diagnosed with an ‘aggressive’ form of leukaemia earlier this year.
Before this the star’s last picture was a shot of him and his beloved mum which he shared three weeks ago.
‘My mother looking gorgeous before the Brits earlier this year . I love you and miss you so much !’ Louis movingly wrote of the snap.
Johannah left behind Louis as well as his six siblings and her husband Dan Deakin. She was also a grandmother to Louis’ son Freddie from his relationship with Briana Jungwirth.
Following his brave performance on The X Factor Louis took to Twitter to admit it had been very tough and spoke of how he’d done it in honour of his mum.
‘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!’ the Doncaster-born star Tweeted.
‘Feeling so much love around me and my family . Mum would have been so f***ing proud ( sorry for swearing mum) love you !’
Just Hold On has clearly touching many people as it went straight in at No1 on the Vodafone Big Top 40 chart.