Tragedy can bring more than devastation. Sometimes, a beautiful friendship can blossom from the most heartbreaking losses.
For singer Louis Tomlinson, member of the boy band One Direction, his mother Johannah Deakin’s death is what helped him connect with someone he wouldn’t have otherwise met. And it’s changed both of their lives for the better.
In April, Tomlinson shared with his Instagram followers how he’d heard of a man named Richard who’d lost his wife, Pat, to a complication of Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 — the same year his mom died of cancer. He felt compelled to meet the 83-year-old, and learned about Richard’s bucket list when they did.
“A month or so ago I met an amazing man called Richard. He had a few things he wanted to do so I thought I’d help him out,” Tomlinson wrote. So the pair set off on a journey to cross each item off of Richard’s bucket list. Tomlinson shared the time they spent together in a unique and touching music video for his new single, “Two of Us.”
Thanks to Tomlinson’s help, Richard fulfilled his dreams of flying a helicopter…
…driving a race car…
…and riding on a roller coaster.
Richard always wanted to get a tattoo as well, but he made do with giving the brave Tomlinson one instead!
After that, Tomlinson had one more surprise in store for Richard, who loves to sing. Tomlinson took his beloved new friend to an arena filled with thousands of people. But it was the octogenarian who stunned everyone in attendance when he sang an incredible rendition of the opera song, “Nessun Dorma,” revealing his powerful voice and bringing the audience to its feet.
Words probably couldn’t come close to describing how much all of this has meant to Richard. After suffering gut-wrenching losses, the two deserved to have such a blast trying new things and enjoying each other’s company. Thank you Tomlinson, for helping to make a grieving man’s dreams come true.
Watch as the two complete Richard’s bucket list together in the video below, and share to spread the love.
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