Liam Payne and Zayn Malik have reached out to Louis Tomlinson following the death of his mother.

Louis' One Direction bandmate Liam took to Twitter to share a touching message after it was revealed the Louis' mother Johannah Deakin had passed away on Wednesday (07.12.16) following a secret battle with leukaemia.

He wrote: ''Louis, I'm so sorry for you my brother my heart aches for you, just know I love you the same from a million miles away as i do right next to you. I'm always here for you through everything as you have been for me.

''My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this incredibly sad time I can't begin to imagine what you are all going through. Rip Johanna you are forever in my thoughts (sic).''

And their former bandmate Zayn, who publicly feuded with Louis on Twitter after he quit the group, also took to the micro-blogging site to pay his condolences.

He said: ''@Louis_Tomlinson love you bro! All of your family is in my prayers. proud of your strength and know your mum is too x (sic).''

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, who is believed to be pregnant with her and Liam's first child, also tweeted: ''@Louis_Tomlinson my heart breaks for you. I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones at this incredibly tragic time (sic).''

As well as 24-year-old Louis - who has 11-month-old son Freddie with Briana Jungwirth - Johannah was also mother to Lottie, 18, Felicite, 16, twins Daisy and Phoebe, 12, and two-year-old twins Ernest and Doris.

Johannah was married to Dan Deakin and her family said in a statement: ''It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin's family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday 7th December 2016.

''Earlier this year Johannah was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukaemia that required immediate and continuous treatment. We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private.''