Lauren Alaina of DWTS Shares Touching Tribute to Her Late Stepdad a Year after His Passing

After Lauren Alaina shares a touching tribute for her stepfather, fans and celebrities show her support as she grieves over the one-year anniversary of his death. 

"American Idol" alum, Lauren Alaina paid a special tribute to her stepfather, Sam, who died of cancer in 2018, she writes:

"He was always my champion. He was always my number one fan. Now he's my guardian angel. I can't believe my stepdad has been gone a year today" 

"This is going to be an extremely hard day for my family, but I know Sam is with us and is so proud of us all. I am dancing for you tonight Sammy. I'm giving mom all the biggest hugs she deserves. We miss you. See you on The Other Side," she concludes.

Alaina's touching tribute didn't go unnoticed, many of her adoring fans and celebrity friends sent her messages of support. One fan comments:

"He's so so proud of you Lauren! ? I love you!"

Fan shows Lauren Alaina support after she posts a message about the one year anniversary of her stepfather's death | Source: instagram.com/laurenalaina

Fan shows Lauren Alaina support after she posts a message about the one year anniversary of her stepfather's death | Source: instagram.com/laurenalaina

"If you need anything at all today I'm here for you," responded "Queer Eye" star Karamo Brown.

Karamo Brown shows Lauren Alaina support after she posts a message about the one year anniversary of her stepfather's death | Source: instagram.com/laurenalaina

Karamo Brown shows Lauren Alaina support after she posts a message about the one year anniversary of her stepfather's death | Source: instagram.com/laurenalaina

In August, the country star announced that she was putting her "That Girl Was Me" tour on hold to participate in "Dancing With The Stars."

Alaina revealed that she had to make the difficult decision to choose one project because she wouldn't have been able to fully commit herself if she tried to do both.

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This was THE hardest decision ever, but my team and I have decided to postpone the #ThatGirlWasMeTour to do Dancing With The Stars. After talking to a few of my friends who have been on the show, I realized I couldn’t give the show and the tour 100%. I always want to deliver the best performances I can, so we have moved the tour to early next year. Dancing with the Stars is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I am so excited about. I can’t wait to hang out in your living rooms every Monday and celebrate how far we get on my first headlining tour in January. @filmoremusic will still be on all of the dates, and we are adding a few more ;) We are offering refunds to everyone who has bought tickets, or you can transfer your tickets to the new dates. I am SO sorry for any inconvenience this causes to those of you who may not be able to make the new dates. I hope I can make it up to you somehow. I’m so thankful for your support in this crazy journey we are on. I love y’all so much! Ps: This decision will be very embarrassing if I get out the first week, so please vote for me. Lol.

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Last night, in honor of her late stepfather she danced to a song she had written for him, titled; "The Other Side." Explaining her tribute, Alaina says:

"I know the strength to get through this performance came straight from the Lord and my stepdad Sam. This dance wasn't just for my family, but it was for all families who have lost someone they love." 

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I know the strength to get through this performance came straight from the Lord and my stepdad Sam. This dance wasn’t just for my family, but it was for all families who have lost someone they love. Last night was the most healing moment of my life. I have never been more proud of myself. What a true gift God gave me to share Sam’s story. He was a light in this world and will live on forever through this dance and my new song, The Other Side. I will never be able to express the gratitude I have for @glebsavchenkoofficial and @dancingabc for letting me share my stepdad’s beautiful life and story. He is in a better place watching over my family. Life is short and tomorrow isn’t promised. We have to live a life we are proud of. We have to love hard and trust in God’s plan for us. Thank you for all of the encouraging words and love you have sent to my family and me. Sam- see you on The Other Side. I love you. 😭❤️

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"I will never be able to express the gratitude I have for @glebsavchenkoofficial and @dancingabc for letting me share my stepdad's beautiful life and story. He is in a better place watching over my family," she continues.

Earlier in her career Alaina revealed, she sometimes found it challenging to perform songs that she has written about her personal life.

However, she admits that writing about the difficult times in her life has helped her connect with her fans because it allows her to relate to people going through similar experiences.

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