Although the X Factor franchise is best known for bringing fun and entertainment to fans all over the world, the music competition created by Simon Cowell has also faced a lot of tragedies since its inception in 2004, including the death of former contestants and their family members.
In June 2022, X Factor alum Tom Mann revealed that his fiancée, Dani Hampson, tragically died on what would have been their wedding day. “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,” Mann shared via Instagram at the time with a photo of Hampson holding their son, Bowie.
“What was supposed to be the happiest day of our lives ended in irreversible heartbreak. I feel like I have cried an ocean,” the “Stand By” singer continued. “We never made it to the alter [sic]; 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.”
Mann went on to promise that he will do his best to be a father to Bowie with all the “strength” he could “muster.”
“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,” the Stereo Kicks band member wrote. “I promise you he will know how amazing his mummy was. I promise to make you so so proud.”
Days later, Mann took to Instagram once more to express his unwavering grief. “There are honestly no words to describe how much I miss you, Dan,” the U.K. native expressed via Instagram Stories on June 26. “Forever & always.”
Mann and Hampson, who began dating in 2016, were originally set to get married in 2022. However, the pair had to postpone their nuptials due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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