By Owen Tonks and Ruth Francis For Mailonline
01:23 05 Jun 2023, updated 01:26 05 Jun 2023
Kelly Rowland was reduced to tears while headlining Mighty Hoopla Festival in London on Saturday as she paid tribute to a devoted fan who recently died from breast cancer.
The singer, 42, donated £28,000 to Julie Lillis two years ago when she was attempting to fund potentially life-saving treatment which wasn’t paid for on the NHS.
Julie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in September 2020 and a month later she learned had spread throughout her breast, dramatically reducing her life expectancy.
On Saturday, former Destiny’s Child star Kelly dedicated her song Stole to Julie who died in March this year.
She said: ‘This song I want to dedicate to my darling Julie, who has been with Destiny’s Child and me my whole career.
‘Julie I love you, this one’s for you.’
Thanks to the donation of Kelly and others, Julie raised £105,590 before her death, with her target being £80,000.
Kelly and Natasha Beddingfield both put on energetic performances as they took to the stage at the Mighty Hoopla Festival in London’s Brockwell Park.
Pop star Kelly sent temperatures soaring as she put on a leggy display in a sizzling black unitard as she put on an incredible show.
The American singer teamed the eye-popping ensemble with some platform ankle boots and black gloves.
The former X Factor judge finished the show-stopping outfit with some diamanté bracelets.
Kelly wore her raven tresses down her shoulders and rocked some popping pink eyeshadow and a glossy lip to stand out from the crowd.
She turned up the heat during her energetic performance, showing off her incredible dance moves to an entertained crowd.
Meanwhile, Natasha pulled out all the stops as she joined the star-studded line-up performing at the festival.
The Unwritten singer showed off her sensational style in a bold, metallic jumpsuit embellished with sequins.
Adorned in intricate patterns, with a warrior style embellishment down the centre, she teamed the all-in-one with a pair of black platform, leather boots.
The mother-of-one finished the quirky fashion ensemble with a long sequin cape that had stars dotted all over it.
The These Words singer styled her golden locks into natural, tousled waves and opted for a natural make-up look with a slick of pink gloss.
Clearly happy with her set, Natasha posted a video of her performance to her socials with the caption: ‘Wow this just happened.’
She could be seen energetically running up and down the stage, with streams of people singing and cheering back at her.
Natasha has long supported the LGBTQ+ community and recently took to Instagram to explain how she felt about performing at the festival amid Pride Month.
She said: ‘I m. s o. E x c i t e d. to be singing today right where I grew up – South East London . @mightyhoopla – the most inclusive festival in UK.
‘Right at the beginning of #pridemonth. This is truly special for me. Trying to stay calm – I hardly know how to contain how truly special this is for me.’
Meanwhile, Gemma Collins also performed at Mighty Hoopla and looked as radiant as ever in black trousers with diamanté detailing.
She paired her ensemble with a silver one-shoulder top and a fluffy feather boa as she put on one of her usually eye-catching displays.
Nadine Coyle was also among the stars to show off her vocal talents at the event, taking to the stage in a bold, thigh-skimming number.
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