Louis Tomlinson paid tribute to his late mother Johannah Deakin in a very personal new single,“Two of Us” – Released on Thursday, from his highly anticipated debut album. The singer also released a handwritten lyric video of himself ,writing the words to his mother.
The track shares a vulnerable side of the One direction star following the loss of his mother, who passed away due to leukemia in 2016. Though he has been very private about his mum’s death previously, the singer told Radio 1 Newsbeat that “writing the song was therapeutic”. In a press release, Tomlinson said the reason he decided to write a song to his later mother was because, “I just feel like musically, I almost needed to get this song off my chest.” He added “People say writing is a part of therapy and 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 about it, but if “Two of Us” can help just one other person who’s going through the tough time that I went through, then that would make me really happy.”
When his mother died Tomlinson felt responsible for taking care after his siblings, but despite it, he says the situation has helped him deal with his grief.
Watch the lyric video here. But before you do, get your tissues ready, because you’ll be needing it.
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