Nicole Scherzinger jets to Los Angeles to attend grandmother's funeral with Lewis Hamilton after she shed tears on X Factor
17:42 GMT, 13 November 2012
Nicole Scherzinger was particularly emotional on Saturday night's X Factor, but the reason behind her tears has been revealed.
The former Pussycat Doll's grandmother had passed away on Saturday morning and some of the songs performed by contestants had brought back memories of the matriarch.
Nicole, 34, was joined by her boyfriend Lewis Hamilton, 27, who was accompanying her as the couple were seen arriving at the airport on Monday.
Comforting company: Nicole Scherzinger was accompanied by Lewis Hamilton as she flew to Los Angeles for her grandmother's funeral
Remember the times: Nicole was moved to tears after hearing District 3 perform Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
Viewers witnessed Nicole break down in tears after District 3 performed Eric Clapton's emotional song Tears in Heaven.
As she wiped away tears from her eyes, she mentioned that the track was rather poignant for her but didn't elaborate further.
A representative for Nicole told MailOnline: 'Nicole had to return to the US to attend her grandmother’s funeral. Sadly, she passed away on Saturday morning.
'She did mention on the show that a couple of the songs were particularly poignant for her.'
Emotional night: The former Pussycat Doll mentioned that some of the songs were a little poignant to her
Despite the sad news Lewis and Nicole looked relatively happy in each others company as they hid their eyes behind sunglasses.
Nicole only has a few days before she's due back on screens for the next X Factor contest but she appears to be making the most of her days off from the live programmes by spending it with Lewis this week.
The look of love: The X Factor judge was comforted by her Formula 1 ace boyfriend
Rare smile: Even Lewis dropped his usually stern exterior and smiled as he led his girlfriend through the terminal
The racing driver has a break in his own hectic schedule ahead of his next Grand Prix in the States next weekend.
The pair co-ordinated in complimenting ensembles as they stepped out holding hands in dark outfits.
Nicole looked chic in skinny jeans and a coat with a floppy hat on her head, while she wore large sunglasses over her eyes.
Time off: The pair wore co-ordinating dark ensembles for the trip as they walked through the airport hand-in-hand
Hats off: Nicole has been busy concentrating on judging duties while Lewis is almost finished this year's Grand Prix season
On their way: Scherzinger looked stylish in her airport outfit as they made their way to Heathrow Airport
She completed her look with her glossy long locks worn down and black shoes on her feet.
Lewis, meanwhile, also went for a dark get-up as he headed out in baggy jeans and a stripey T-shirt with a beanie hat and his own sunglasses on.
But although she only has a few days to spare Nicole was loaded up with bags as she left her London hotel and made her way to her plane.
And Hamilton played the protective partner as he lead the way holding his girlfriend's hand.
Loaded up: The pair looked like they'd packed for a while despite Nicole being due back on The X Factor on Saturday
In unison: They put on a show of unity as they smiled at cameras waiting for them