Louis Tomlinson wins praise over emotional new single dedicated to his late mother Johannah

Louis Tomlinson has been showered with praise from fans for displaying bravery and vulnerability in his new song Two Of Us, a tribute to his late mother Johannah Deakin.

The One Direction star’s mother tragically died following a battle with leukemia in 2016 at the age of 43 after a year-long battle with the condition.

The singer, 27, released the track on Thursday and it garnered over 1.2m views on YouTube in less than 24 hours.

Bravery: Louis Tomlinson has been showered with praise from fans over his new song Two Of Us, a tribute to his late mother Johannah Deakin (pictured in August 2015)

Bravery: Louis Tomlinson has been showered with praise from fans over his new song Two Of Us, a tribute to his late mother Johannah Deakin (pictured in August 2015)

Bravery: Louis Tomlinson has been showered with praise from fans over his new song Two Of Us, a tribute to his late mother Johannah Deakin (pictured in August 2015) 

Throwback: Fans quickly took to social media to express their love for the new song, with one writing: 'That song is so personal and so vulnerable and I am beyond proud of Louis'

Throwback: Fans quickly took to social media to express their love for the new song, with one writing: 'That song is so personal and so vulnerable and I am beyond proud of Louis'

Throwback: Fans quickly took to social media to express their love for the new song, with one writing: ‘That song is so personal and so vulnerable and I am beyond proud of Louis’

Some of the lyrics are: ‘It’s been a minute since I called you /Just to hear the answerphone / Yeah, I know that you won’t get this

‘But I’ll leave a message so I’m not alone / This morning I woke up still dreaming / With memories playing through my head / You’ll never know how much I miss you

‘The day that they took you, I wish it was me instead.’ 

Success: The singer, 27, released the track on Thursday and it garnered over 1.2m views on YouTube in less than 24 hours (pictured in November 2018)

Success: The singer, 27, released the track on Thursday and it garnered over 1.2m views on YouTube in less than 24 hours (pictured in November 2018)

Success: The singer, 27, released the track on Thursday and it garnered over 1.2m views on YouTube in less than 24 hours (pictured in November 2018)

Fans quickly took to social media to express their love for the new song, with one writing: ‘That song is so personal and so vulnerable and I am beyond proud of Louis for being brave enough to write and release #TwoOfUs’.

TWO OF US LYRICS… 

‘It’s been a minute since I called you

‘Just to hear the answerphone

‘Yeah, I know that you won’t get this

‘But I’ll leave a message so I’m not alone

‘This morning I woke up still dreaming

‘With memories playing through my head

‘You’ll never know how much I miss you

‘The day that they took you, I wish it was me instead’ 

Fans wrote: ‘Louis sweetheart you smashed it. I’m so so proud of you. #TwoOfUs’. 

‘#TwoOfUs is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a while’. 

Louis previously discussed the song to House Of Solo magazine, admitting he avoided writing it for a while for fear of not getting it right.  

He said: ‘I just feel like, musically, I almost needed to get this song off my chest.

‘People say writing is a part of therapy. In a way, I feel like I’d been avoiding writing this song because I knew I only had one chance to get it right.

‘I don’t mean to be too soppy but if Two of Us can help just one other person who’s going through the tough time I went through, that would make me really happy.’

A live stream of Louis’ first performance of the song was broadcast on YouTube with the singer taking to Twitter to thank his fans for supporting the single afterward.

Pressure: Louis admitted he avoided writing the song for a while for fear of not getting it right (pictured in March 2019)

Pressure: Louis admitted he avoided writing the song for a while for fear of not getting it right (pictured in March 2019)

Pressure: Louis admitted he avoided writing the song for a while for fear of not getting it right (pictured in March 2019) 

Reaction: Fans quickly took to social media to express their love for the X Factor judge's new single

Reaction: Fans quickly took to social media to express their love for the X Factor judge's new single

Reaction: Fans quickly took to social media to express their love for the X Factor judge’s new single 

He wrote: ‘Emotional performance today but just wanna say another massive thanks to everyone for supporting the single! You’re all amazing!’

Speaking to BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat about his late mother Johannah’s impact on the song, Louis explained: ‘It was something I needed to get off my chest. I used to lean on my mum for a lot of things – anytime I needed advice on something she would be the first call I made.’

The star went on to describe the writing process as ’empowering’ – admitting that while he is ‘quite a positive person, it’s sad what happened to him’.

Louis’ younger sisters, Charlotte, Felicite, Daisy and Phoebe, were also on his mind during his musical comeback process, and he confessed that playing the song to them was a ‘tough one’.  

He said: 'If Two of Us can help just one other person who¿s going through the tough time I went through, that would make me really happy' (pictured in December 2018)

He said: 'If Two of Us can help just one other person who¿s going through the tough time I went through, that would make me really happy' (pictured in December 2018)

He said: ‘If Two of Us can help just one other person who’s going through the tough time I went through, that would make me really happy’ (pictured in December 2018)

Grateful: A live stream of Louis' first performance of the song was broadcast on YouTube with the singer taking to Twitter to thank his fans for supporting the single afterward

Grateful: A live stream of Louis' first performance of the song was broadcast on YouTube with the singer taking to Twitter to thank his fans for supporting the single afterward

Grateful: A live stream of Louis’ first performance of the song was broadcast on YouTube with the singer taking to Twitter to thank his fans for supporting the single afterward

‘Me as their big brother – if I can sing those words it’ll hopefully help them too,’ he explained, while also admitting he will be ‘drifting off thinking of mum’ while performing the song.

Louis was also spotted filming for his new music video at youth club, the Hunslet Club, in Leeds on Saturday.

It’s been a long journey for Louis when it comes to his music, as he was first hoping to execute his solo success by signing to Simon Cowell’s label, Syco in 2017 – a year after One Direction went on hiatus.

It was announced by Variety last week that he has been picked up by new US based record label Arista alongside Syco in the UK.

Family: Louis' mother died of leukemia in 2016 after a year-long battle with the condition

Family: Louis' mother died of leukemia in 2016 after a year-long battle with the condition

Family: Louis’ mother died of leukemia in 2016 after a year-long battle with the condition

 

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