Daily Mail Reporter (UK)
Taylor Swift broke down as she performed her chart-topping new single ‘Ronan’ on Friday night. But even more emotional was the mother of the beautiful, blue-eyed four-year-old whose heart-breaking battle with cancer inspired the star’s hit song. ‘I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. I’m surprised I wasn’t on the floor bawling,’ Maya Thompson said after watching the performance during a Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon. Devastated: Taylor Swift used poems Maya Thompson wrote on her blog for her new ballad Swift’s lyrics were based entirely on a blog Thompson, 33, starting writing in August 2010, when her son Ronan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
Her bubbly, wide-eyed little boy fought the illness for nine months before passing away in May 2011, just three days before his fourth birthday. Thompson used the blog as a way to work through her grief at the loss of her child, something she describes as ‘the worst thing that could happen to a family.’