The happiest day of Tom Mann’s life ended up turning into a day of “irreversible grief”.
Mann, 28, best known for his X Factor appearance in 2014, shared tragic news on Instagram on Monday, saying his beloved future wife never made it down the aisle on Saturday.
His fiancée Danielle Hampson, 34, died on their wedding day.
Posting a photo of Hampson and their eight-month-old son Bowie, Mann said he couldn’t “believe I’m writing these words.”
“My darling Dani – my best friend, my everything and more, the love of my life – passed away in the wee hours of Saturday morning June 18th,” he wrote. “What was supposed to be the happiest day of our lives has ended in irreversible heartbreak. I feel like I’ve cried an ocean.
“We never got to the altar; or we had to say our vows, or dance our first dance, but I know you know you were my whole world and the best thing that ever happened to me, Danielle.
Mann, who appeared on the singing show as part of boy band Stereo Kicks, said their son would give him the “strength” to cope.
“I honestly don’t know where to go from here but I know I have to use all the strength I can muster for our baby boy,” he wrote. “I won’t mark the parent you have already become but I promise I will do everything to raise Bowie the way we always wanted.”
The singer/songwriter went on to note how “completely broken he was trying to process” the tragedy.
“My darling Dani, the brightest light in all rooms, my world is darkness without you. I will miss you forever,” he concluded.
Hampson’s cause of death is not known at this time.
Mann’s former Stereo Kicks bandmates rushed to the comments section to offer their condolences.
“Sending all my love brother so sorry,” singer Barclay Beales wrote, while Charlie Jones added: “Devastated to read this Tom. See all my love for you and Bowie.
Mann and Hampson were forced to postpone their August 2020 wedding twice due to the pandemic.
They announced the arrival of their son, Bowie, in October 2021.
Mann burst onto the music scene as a contestant on the 11th season of The X Factor in 2014. He first auditioned solo before being placed in Stereo Kicks by the judges.
The band came in at number five and later released their debut single, however, the band members broke up the following year.