After several years filled with loss and grief, the former One Direction pop star Louis Tomlinson is paying it forward by helping an elderly widower fulfill his bucket list after his wife’s death.
In the music video for the singer’s latest single, “Two of Us,” Tomlinson and 83-year-old Richard fly in helicopters, drive racecars, get tattoos, ride on rollercoasters and sing in front of a packed arena, all in a bid to do all the things Richard wants to do before he dies.
“He had a few things he wanted to do, so I thought I’d help him out,” Tomlinson wrote in an emotional post on Instagram. “This video feels particularly relevant and powerful to me. Richard is a classic example of a fearless man who in light of tragedy still pushes himself to live with as much laughter and happiness as possible.”
Richard, a former taxi driver and member of the Royal Air Force, lost his wife Pat two years ago. They were married for 60 years until she died due to an Alzheimer’s complications.
“I talk to her on a regular basis, even though she ain’t here,” Richard said in the music video.
He explained the items on his bucket list were things he and his wife had always talked about doing together.
The 27-year-old pop star has also had his share of grief. He lost his mother Johannah to leukemia in December 2016 to leukemia when she was just 43. Last month, Tomlinson lost his 18-year-old sister Felicite to a suspected heart attack.
"A lot of people, I think, bottle up these emotions and I think I'm probably one of those people as well," Tomlinson said earlier this month on "The Kyle and Jackie O Show."