Lewis Capaldi leads tributes to X Factor star Tom Mann’s fiancée

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Shock: Howard Donald and Lewis Capaldi have led tributes after X Factor star Tom Mann revealed his fiancée Danielle Hampson, 34, died on Saturday


Lewis Capaldi has led tributes after X Factor star Tom Mann revealed his fiancée Danielle Hampson, 34, died on Saturday – the morning of their wedding day.

Tom, who found fame in the band Stereo Kicks, made the devastating announcement on Monday evening, leading to an outpouring of love from his colleagues in the music industry.

Singers Lewis Capaldi and Ellie Goulding paid tribute, while Take That star Howard Donald penned a post dedicated to ‘super talented’ dancer Danielle. 

The performer worked with a number of big name artists during her successful career as a dancer. Her last major performance before she became a mum last year was a role in Harry Styles’ 2021 music video for his hit Treat People With Kindness. 

Tom had just returned from a holiday with Danielle, 34, who also worked as a PR Executive, in Sardinia last month. Danielle did not suffer from any known health problems and her cause of death is unknown. 

Shock: Howard Donald and Lewis Capaldi have led tributes after X Factor star Tom Mann revealed his fiancée Danielle Hampson, 34, died on Saturday

Shock: Howard Donald and Lewis Capaldi have led tributes after X Factor star Tom Mann revealed his fiancée Danielle Hampson, 34, died on Saturday

Lewis Capaldi commented on Tom’s Instagram post: ‘Love you brother’. Ellie Goulding wrote: ‘I’m thinking of you non stop… You are so strong. Here for you always. Love you xxxx’.

Take That star Howard revealed he had worked with Dani on the band’s 2017 Wonderland tour, as he wrote on Twitter: ‘I’m gutted beyond words that one of our dancers on wonderland has passed away. What a beautiful and super talented dancer she was.

‘I’m happy to say I danced with her and the uk dance world will be shocked and saddened just like I am.’

Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle wrote: ‘Sending so much love, light & healing to you, Bowie & everyone who loved Dani!!’ 

 

Condolences: The star's famous friends reached out to share their support including Lewis Capaldi, Ellie Goulding and Nadine Coyle

Condolences: The star's famous friends reached out to share their support including Lewis Capaldi, Ellie Goulding and Nadine Coyle

Condolences: The star’s famous friends reached out to share their support including Lewis Capaldi, Ellie Goulding and Nadine Coyle 

Mimi Webb penned: ‘Tom I’m so so sorry sending all my love to you & thinking of you love you brother x we are with you’, while Strictly star HRVY wrote: ‘so so so sorry Tom, we all love you thinking of you man.’

Tom’s old bandmate Barclay Beales said: ‘Sending all my love brother so sorry.’

Dancer Sarah Lou Richards commented: ‘I’m so so sorry Tom. She was so special. Sending all my love and strength to you and little Bowie.’

Danielle worked with a number of big name artists during her successful career as a dancer. Her last major performance before she became a mum last year was a role in Harry Styles’ 2021 music video for his hit Treat People With Kindness. 

Dancer: Take That star Howard revealed he had worked with Dani on the band's 2017 Wonderland tour, writing: 'I'm gutted beyond words' (pictured with Danielle during a Take That Strictly Come Dancing performance in 2017)

Dancer: Take That star Howard revealed he had worked with Dani on the band's 2017 Wonderland tour, writing: 'I'm gutted beyond words' (pictured with Danielle during a Take That Strictly Come Dancing performance in 2017)

Dancer: Take That star Howard revealed he had worked with Dani on the band’s 2017 Wonderland tour, writing: ‘I’m gutted beyond words’ (pictured with Danielle during a Take That Strictly Come Dancing performance in 2017)

Talented: Danielle worked with a number of big name artists during her career as a dancer. Her last major performance before she became a mum last year was a role in Harry Styles' 2021 music video for his hit Treat People With Kindness

Talented: Danielle worked with a number of big name artists during her career as a dancer. Her last major performance before she became a mum last year was a role in Harry Styles' 2021 music video for his hit Treat People With Kindness

Talented: Danielle worked with a number of big name artists during her career as a dancer. Her last major performance before she became a mum last year was a role in Harry Styles’ 2021 music video for his hit Treat People With Kindness

Successful career: She also danced on the Spice World 2019 tour (pictured in rehearsals with Geri Halliwell and fellow dancers)

Successful career: She also danced on the Spice World 2019 tour (pictured in rehearsals with Geri Halliwell and fellow dancers)

Successful career: She also danced on the Spice World 2019 tour (pictured in rehearsals with Geri Halliwell and fellow dancers)

Arena performances: Danielle called her time performing alongside the Spice Girls 'a childhood dream I never believed would come true'

Arena performances: Danielle called her time performing alongside the Spice Girls 'a childhood dream I never believed would come true'

Pictured performing on tour with the Spice Girls in 2017

Pictured performing on tour with the Spice Girls in 2017

Arena performances: Danielle called her time performing alongside the Spice Girls ‘a childhood dream I never believed would come true’

Heartbreaking: The X Factor star (pictured on the show in 2013) revealed the love of his life and mother of his eighth month old son passed away in the early hours of Saturday - the day of their wedding

Heartbreaking: The X Factor star (pictured on the show in 2013) revealed the love of his life and mother of his eighth month old son passed away in the early hours of Saturday - the day of their wedding

Heartbreaking: The X Factor star (pictured on the show in 2013) revealed the love of his life and mother of his eighth month old son passed away in the early hours of Saturday – the day of their wedding

         Who was Dani                           Hampson? 

  • Dani Hampson, from Bolton, was born in 1988 to parents Martin and Janette and had a younger brother called Andrew.
  • The 34-year-old was a professional dancer and performed on tour with the likes of Take That and Little Mix.’
  • As well as performing on BBC One’s Strictly and ITV series The Voice, Dani also danced alongside the likes of Robbie Williams and Harry Styles.
  • Dani features in the One Direction singer’s video for Treat People With Kindness that also stars Fleabag actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
  • Her appearance in the 2021 video marked the end of Dani’s career as a dancer, as she announced her retirement from the profession in the same post.
  • In June 2021, Dani and her singer-songwriter fiancé Tom announced they were expecting their first baby together.
  • The engaged couple welcomed son Bowie Andrew Mann in October and said the newborn’s arrival had ‘changed their lives forever.’
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She also danced on the Spice World 2019 tour, calling her time performing alongside the Spice Girls ‘a childhood dream I never believed would come true.’ 

Emma Bunton paid tribute on Monday, writing on Tom’s Instagram post: ‘Heartbroken for you. A beautiful soul that will live on. Thinking of you all.’

Singer-songwriter Tom shared a photograph of Dani and their eight month old son Bowie as he revealed that he was feeling ‘completely broken’ but vowed to stay strong for the sake of their young son. 

Tom had just returned from a holiday with Danielle, 34, who also worked as a PR Executive, in Sardinia last month. 

Danielle did not suffer from any known health problems and her cause of death is unknown.

Tom wrote in his Instagram post: ‘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.

‘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.’ 

Tom went on to vow that he would stay strong for his son, penning: ‘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.

‘The most beautiful person inside and out. The most incredible soul. We have lost such a special person and I am sure we are about to see an abundant outpouring of love that reflects that. 

‘I will try to find peace in your messages and comments, but right now I am grieving and I will be for a very, very long time.’

Tom added: ‘My darling Dani, the brightest light in any room, my world is nothing but darkness without you. I will miss you forever.’

Broken: The singer-songwriter - who found fame in the band Stereo Kicks - shared a photograph of Dani and their son Bowie as he revealed that he was feeling 'completely broken' but vowed to stay strong for the sake of their young son

Broken: The singer-songwriter - who found fame in the band Stereo Kicks - shared a photograph of Dani and their son Bowie as he revealed that he was feeling 'completely broken' but vowed to stay strong for the sake of their young son

Broken: The singer-songwriter – who found fame in the band Stereo Kicks – shared a photograph of Dani and their son Bowie as he revealed that he was feeling ‘completely broken’ but vowed to stay strong for the sake of their young son 

Tom wrote in his Instagram post: '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'

Tom wrote in his Instagram post: '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'

Tom wrote in his Instagram post: ‘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’ 

He continued: 'I will wear this ring that I was always supposed to wear as a sign of my unconditional love to you'

He continued: 'I will wear this ring that I was always supposed to wear as a sign of my unconditional love to you'

He continued: ‘I will wear this ring that I was always supposed to wear as a sign of my unconditional love to you’

The couple are believed to have been dating since 2015, when Danielle shared her first Instagram post with Tom. 

They announced their engagement in December 2019, with Tom sharing a gushing post about his ‘future wife’ after he popped the question in a jazz cafe in London. 

Her last social media post came three weeks prior to her death when she shared pictures from the couple’s holiday in Sardinia with friends. 

Tom went on to vow that he would stay strong for his son, penning: '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'

Tom went on to vow that he would stay strong for his son, penning: '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'

Tom went on to vow that he would stay strong for his son, penning: ‘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’

Love: They announced their engagement in December 2019, with Tom sharing a gushing post about his 'future wife' after he popped the question in a jazz cafe in London

Love: They announced their engagement in December 2019, with Tom sharing a gushing post about his 'future wife' after he popped the question in a jazz cafe in London

Love: They announced their engagement in December 2019, with Tom sharing a gushing post about his ‘future wife’ after he popped the question in a jazz cafe in London

Time with friends: Danielle had celebrated her future wedding with a mini hen do with her girls prior to the big day

Time with friends: Danielle had celebrated her future wedding with a mini hen do with her girls prior to the big day

Time with friends: Danielle had celebrated her future wedding with a mini hen do with her girls prior to the big day

Tom auditioned for X Factor as a solo artist but was put in Stereo Kicks, which made it to the final of the ITV singing show in 2014.

The group consisted of Jake Sims, Chris Leonard, Charlie Jones, Casey Johnson, Barclay Beales, Reece Bibby, and Tom.

Tom wrote the band’s first single Love Me So and at the time said: ‘For me to have written our first single it’s a massive honour that it’s been chosen and everyone in the band loves it

Tom added: 'My darling Dani, the brightest light in any room, my world is nothing but darkness without you. I will miss you forever.'

Tom added: 'My darling Dani, the brightest light in any room, my world is nothing but darkness without you. I will miss you forever.'

Tom added: ‘My darling Dani, the brightest light in any room, my world is nothing but darkness without you. I will miss you forever.’

Loved-up: The couple are believed to have been dating since 2015, when Danielle shared her first Instagram post with Tom

Loved-up: The couple are believed to have been dating since 2015, when Danielle shared her first Instagram post with Tom

Loved-up: The couple are believed to have been dating since 2015, when Danielle shared her first Instagram post with Tom

He penned: '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 penned: '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 penned: ‘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’

‘I wrote the single within a day. I can’t come back to a song, I have to finish it.’

He went on to write songs for acts including JLS, Lewis Capaldi, Becky Hill and Mimi Webb. 

The group split up in 2015 just 10 months after they were formed on The X Factor.

A statement to fans on the eight-piece boy band’s Facebook page revealed they decided to go their separate ways after struggling to secure a record deal.

Last post: Danielle's last social media post came three weeks prior to her death. She shared pictures from the couple's holiday in Sardinia

Last post: Danielle's last social media post came three weeks prior to her death. She shared pictures from the couple's holiday in Sardinia

Last post: Danielle’s last social media post came three weeks prior to her death. She shared pictures from the couple’s holiday in Sardinia

Family snaps: Danielle had shared a gallery of images with her fiancé and their baby boy

Family snaps: Danielle had shared a gallery of images with her fiancé and their baby boy

Family snaps: Danielle had shared a gallery of images with her fiancé and their baby boy 

Fun with friends: Danielle and Tom had been joined by a group of friends on their trip

Fun with friends: Danielle and Tom had been joined by a group of friends on their trip

Fun with friends: Danielle and Tom had been joined by a group of friends on their trip 

The group wrote: ‘We all feel the time has come for us to now continue our journeys individually.

‘We have learnt first-hand just how tough the industry is as an unsigned act. Unfortunately, due to these circumstances, we are no longer able to carry on as a band.

‘Please understand that there is nothing more that you could have done and that this is a situation completely beyond both your control and ours. We have considered endless ways of how we might try to make this work, but it is logistically impossible for us to continue as Stereo Kicks.

‘From the bottom of our hearts, we will be forever grateful for all of your hard work, support and love. We can’t thank you enough.’

The group went on to add that there had been no falling out between the members before they decision to call it a day: ‘We still remain the BEST of friends and will continue to support each other in everything we do.

Band: Tom auditioned for the X Factor as a solo artist but was put in Stereo Kicks, which made it to the final of X Factor in 2014

Band: Tom auditioned for the X Factor as a solo artist but was put in Stereo Kicks, which made it to the final of X Factor in 2014

Band: Tom auditioned for the X Factor as a solo artist but was put in Stereo Kicks, which made it to the final of X Factor in 2014

‘Although this is really sad for us, we felt that we wanted to end on a high. You guys have been with us every step of the way and have been the first to hear our news, and we wanted to keep it that way!’ 

The group all performed a solo artists during the auditions stage of The X Factor in 2014, before being merged into a group by the judges.

Tom, who was 19-years-old when he auditioned, was a football coach from Southampton who sang the Cyndi Lauper classic, ‘Girls Just want to Have Fun’ during the Boot Camp stage on the popular ITV show.

Former panellist Louis Walsh then put the boys through to the live shows, where they stayed until they were kicked out after a sing-off with Lauren Platt in week eight.

Louis fumed at Simon Cowell at the time, insisting he would regret his decision not to save them when they became a huge hit.

First post: The couple are believed to have been dating since 2015, when Danielle shared her first Instagram post with Tom

First post: The couple are believed to have been dating since 2015, when Danielle shared her first Instagram post with Tom

First post: The couple are believed to have been dating since 2015, when Danielle shared her first Instagram post with Tom

Tragedy: The couple had shared pictures of the save the date for the wedding which tragically never took place

Tragedy: The couple had shared pictures of the save the date for the wedding which tragically never took place

Tragedy: The couple had shared pictures of the save the date for the wedding which tragically never took place 

He said to the Metro: ‘It was totally the wrong decision by Simon. The potential for these boys is incredible and time will tell who will do well between these boys and the girl.

‘I am never going to let him forget it. And when they sell all those records I will say, ‘Do you remember when you voted them off?’

The group had been tipped to be the next One Direction, but suffered a series of scandals in the early days of their formation.

Barclay was the victim of revenge porn at the end of last year after an explicite naked photo was leaked online.

Meanwhile, Jake was caught up in two drugs scandals in a month after pictures showing him lying in a daze after allegedly snorting Class A drug ketamine emerged just weeks after he was accused of making several references about smoking drugs online.

Celebrity spot: Danielle (pictured with Gary Barlow) did not suffer from any known health problems and her cause of death is unknown

Celebrity spot: Danielle (pictured with Gary Barlow) did not suffer from any known health problems and her cause of death is unknown

Celebrity spot: Danielle (pictured with Gary Barlow) did not suffer from any known health problems and her cause of death is unknown



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