Former X Factor contestant Tom Mann has announced the death of his fiancee Danielle Hampson on what was to be their wedding day.
The 28-year-old singer - who competed on the ITV show in 2014 as part of boyband Stereo Kicks - paid tribute to the mother of his eight-month-old son, who died on the morning of Saturday 18 June.
Mann shared on Instagram: "I can’t believe I am writing these words but my darling Dani - my best friend, my everything and more, the love of my life - passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning, 18th June."
Confirming she had passed away on the morning of their wedding he went on: "On what was supposed to be the happiest day of our lives ended in irreversible heartbreak. I feel like I have cried an ocean. We never made it to the alter; or got to say our vows, or dance our first dance, but I know you know that you were my entire world and the best thing that has ever happened to me, Danielle. I will wear this ring that I was always supposed to wear as a sign of my unconditional love to you."
The cause of Hampson's death is unknown.
The pop singer and the 34-year-old PR executive began dating in 2015 and became engaged in December 2019, seven months after buying their first home together.
Their wedding had been delayed due to coronavirus and they welcomed son Bowie in October 2021.
Mann said: "I am completely broken trying to process this and I honestly don’t know where to go from here, but I do know I need to use any strength I can muster for our little boy. I will not be a mark on the parent that you had already become but I promise I will do my everything to raise Bowie just the way we always wanted. I promise you he will know how amazing his mummy was. I promise to make you so so proud."
He added: "My darling Dani, the brightest light in any room, my world is nothing but darkness without you. I will miss you forever."
Among those to offer their condolences on social media were fellow musicians Lewis Capaldi and Ellie Goulding.
Goulding told Mann: "I’m thinking of you non stop… You are so strong. Here for you always. Love you xxxx"
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