“All the support has been incredible! Let’s do this together tonight,” he wrote just minutes before he took the stage.
A while afterwards, Louis came back to thank his entire support system and fans for sticking by his side during the difficult time.
“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 wrote, adding, “Feeling so much love around me and my family . Mum would have been so f****** proud ( sorry for swearing mum ???? ) love you !”
“Tune into @TheXFactor finale tonight. Very special performance for a very special family. Xx,” she wrote.