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How Tom Parker, 33, plotted to make sure his family were provided for

ensured his young family were provided for by buying a ‘forever home’ touring and writing a memoir just months before his death from brain cancer aged 33.  

star died on Wednesday surrounded by his loved ones and bandmates, following a two year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma.

While bravely sharing every stage of his cancer journey, the singer detailed how it was his number one priority to provide security to wife Kelsey and their two children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one, in the years to come – as he faced an uncertain future,

Tragic loss: Tom Parker ensured his young family were provided for by buying a 'forever home' touring and writing a memoir just months before his death from brain cancer aged 33 (pictured with wife Kelsey and children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one)

Tragic loss: Tom Parker ensured his young family were provided for by buying a ‘forever home’ touring and writing a memoir just months before his death from brain cancer aged 33 (pictured with wife Kelsey and children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one)

Speaking on Channel 4 documentary Inside My Head which aired in November, the musician revealed his new home, saying: ‘This is gonna be our forever home.

‘It’s important for me that obviously the kids and Kels have got somewhere nice to grow up.

‘I don’t know what’s going to happen with my health over the next few years, so as long as they’re alright and they’re all good here, that’s all that matters.’

‘We’re all going to grow old together here, fingers crossed.’

Gig: Tom also continued his work commitments with The Wanted by embarking on the 12 date Most Wanted Greatest Hits Tour throughout the month of March (pictured at his final gig in Liverpool on March 17)

Gig: Tom also continued his work commitments with The Wanted by embarking on the 12 date Most Wanted Greatest Hits Tour throughout the month of March (pictured at his final gig in Liverpool on March 17)

He added: ‘Been through tough times to be honest and I’m preparing to buy a place like this, who would have thought?I’m proud of myself.’

One week before his death, Tom revealed he had been writing a tell-all memoir.

 Tomtook to Instagram last Tuesday to share the exciting news with his fans, revealing that his book will be released in July.

He said that the book, called Hope, isn’t going to be about ‘dying’ but about ‘living’ and ‘finding hope’ no matter what situation you are in 

As he revealed a draft cover of his memoir, he shared a sweet video of an animated book flipping through pages, which contained photographs of Tom and his family.

Inspiring: One week before his death, Tom revealed he had been writing a tell-all memoir

Inspiring: One week before his death, Tom revealed he had been writing a tell-all memoir 

Cancer: He said that the book, called Hope, isn't going to be about 'dying' but about 'living' and 'finding hope' no matter what situation you are in as he continues to battle a brain tumour

Cancer: He said that the book, called Hope, isn’t going to be about ‘dying’ but about ‘living’ and ‘finding hope’ no matter what situation you are in as he continues to battle a brain tumour

In a caption alongside the post, he revealed: ‘Hi, I’m Tom Parker, a lot of you know me as one fifth of The Wanted, but I am also a father, a husband, and a son, that’s battling brain cancer. 

‘My book, coming this July, is not about dying: It’s a book about living.It’s a book about finding hope in whatever situation you’re dealt, and living your best life no matter what.

‘It will show you how having faith in hope and daring to dream means you can carry on, against all odds. Pre order your copy now.’

His friends and fans were quick to express their excitement about his new venture, as they flooded the comments section with messages of support.

Tom also continued his work commitments with The Wanted by embarking on the 12 date Most Wanted Greatest Hits Tour throughout the month of March.

He missed shows in Glasgow and Newcastle due to a delay with his brain tumour treatment.

The singer had spent  two weeks in Spain receiving revolutionary treatment.

Back to the stage: Tom is pictured performing in Cardiff on March 9

Back to the stage: Tom is pictured performing in Cardiff on March 9

He later rejoined bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes, and sang while sat on a gold throne.

His final concert came just 13 days before his death, with the star joining his bandmates on stage for a powerful gig at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena.

The Wanted’s 2011 track Gold Forever has now reached number one on iTunes UK in the day since Parker’s death following a campaign from fans. 

His wife Kelsey said on Wednesday that Tom died two years after his brain cancer diagnosis surrounded by his family and friends while listening to Oasis hit Live Forever.

A close friend told The Sun: ‘You might have thought Tom would opt for something by The Wanted but Oasis’ Live Forever sums him up perfectly – he was a rockstar and that’s how he wants to be remembered.’

The Bolton-born singer also admitted in the book that The Wanted inspired him to make music into a career after he turned his life around at school when he started playing the guitar.

Friends forever: Tom was praised as a 'hero' by his The Wanted bandmate Max following their final tour performance in Liverpool

Friends forever: Tom was praised as a ‘hero’ by his The Wanted bandmate Max following their final tour performance in Liverpool

He said: ‘What I definitely did want was to play guitar. I first picked up a guitar aged 16, just before sixth form.

‘I’d started listening to the likes of Oasis, the Manics, Blur, Radiohaed and people like that… eventually I got this rubbish cheap acoustic guitar for £150, something that I really appreciate me mum and dad did for me.

‘Wonderwall was the first song I learned on guitar and to this day it’s one of my all-time favourites.’

He said his first gig at a pub called the VBQ on Blackburn Road in Bolton featured him singing Numb by Linkin Park and Jay-Z, Wonderwall and Handbags And Gladrags.

Tom – who was on Job Seekers’ Allowance when he tried out for The Wanted – added: ‘It was the best adrenalin rush ever.Even now when I get on stage that feeling never goes away. It really doesn’t.’

He said he found the group’s touring schedule gruelling with 5am starts but added that he always tried to remember his fans’ names – claiming one female follower was ‘amazed’ when he said her name on a repeat meeting. 

Devastating: His wife Kelsey said on Wednesday that Tom died two years after his brain cancer diagnosis surrounded by his family and friends while listening to Oasis hit Live Forever (pictured December 2021)

Devastating: His wife Kelsey said on Wednesday that Tom died two years after his brain cancer diagnosis surrounded by his family and friends while listening to Oasis hit Live Forever (pictured December 2021) 

Tributes: Kelsey, 32, reshared a series of emotional tributes from Tom's friends on her social media, including a voicenote he had once sent to his friend Stephanie Elswood

Soul mates: Kelsey also reshared a tribute from actress Michelle Keegan, writing: 'Love you. You knew how pure our love was so pure and honest. Soul mates until the end

Tributes: Kelsey, 32, reshared a series of emotional tributes from Tom’s friends on her social media, including a voicenote he had once sent to his friend Stephanie Elswoodv

Before Tom joined The Wanted in 2009 and went on to score ten Top Ten singles and three Top Ten albums, he had auditioned The X Factor but did not get through. 

Tom has died age 33 following a battle with brain cancer after he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020, and was given just 12 months to live by doctors.

Tom’s wife Kelsey spoken of the ‘pure and honest’ love she had with her late husband in a series of heartbreaking posts shared to her Instagram page this week.

Kelsey, 32, reshared a series of emotional tributes from Tom’s friends on her social media, including a voicenote he had once sent to his friend Stephanie Elswood.

Posting the snippet of Tom’s voice complementing his friend’s dancing, she wrote: ‘This is…Tom Parker everyone… he changed so many lives in such a small amount of time. Tom Parker I f***ing love you. Such a legend. Just the fact that he would send messages like this… I mean can you imagine the messages I got.’

Kelsey also reshared a tribute from actress Michelle Keegan, who was previously engaged to Tom’s The Wanted bandmate Max George.

The post read: ‘Absolutely heartbroken for Kelsey, his beautiful babies, family and everyone who knew Tom.What a truly special guy. Such an honour to have known him and witness first hand their love. they really are the true definition of soul mates.

‘Gone far too soon, rest peacefully Tom. @beingkelsey thinking of you x’.

The mother of two responded: ‘Love you.You knew how pure our love was so pure and honest. Soul mates until the end.

Best friends: In another post originally shared by the couple's best friend Kelsey Ann who posted a picture of the three of them together, Kelsey wrote: 'Best friends forever. Our angel boy. We never thought we would have a 3 way like it'

Best friends: In another post originally shared by the couple’s best friend Kelsey Ann who posted a picture of the three of them together, Kelsey wrote: ‘Best friends forever.Our angel boy. We never thought we would have a 3 way like it’

In another post originally shared by the couple’s best friend Kelsey Ann who posted a picture of the three of them together, Kusen Aluminium Kelsey wrote: ‘Best friends forever.Our angel boy. We never thought we would have a 3 way like it.’

The tributes to Tom continued to flood in from all around, as BBC Entertainment Correspondent Colin Paterson told the Breakfast show: ‘It’s very close to my own home because my own boys were one and three when they lost there wonderful dad George at the age of 34 from cancer.

‘So the parrallels of their story with Tom Parker’s kids is very similar, so my heart goes out to his family.When I spoke to him last year I wanted to really understand what he was going through, how he was dealing with it, and what was so impressive with how he spoke that day was how he was able to live in the present.

‘He said how he was enjoying every day, every hug with his kids.Everytime he walked out into his garden and felt the sun on the face, he would get joy from that. Also the way he was looking forward to getting on stage with his band The Wanted.

Heartbreaking: The posts come following the death of The Wanted star aged 33, following a battle with brain cancer after he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020, and was given just 12 months to live by doctors

Heartbreaking: The posts come following the death of The Wanted star aged 33, following a battle with brain cancer after he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020, and was given just 12 months to live by doctors

‘He managed it, two weeks ago today he was in Liverpool on a stage sat on a throne, with the crowd showing their love to him and how much he meant to them.

‘Playing in Liverpool, the final ever show with The Wanted.Right until the end he was living in the present and living out his dreams.’

Also appearing on the show was former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips, who said: ‘I first worked with him on Grease, where he has to do Born To Hand Jive, the biggest dance in the whole of the musical.He said I don’t dance. 

‘I told him, you’re going to have to. He told me he was strong and he had a fantastic partner working with him.

‘What happened, Tom who really couldn’t dance, has probably done the best Danny Cha Cha dance of anyone I have ever choregraphed for. He worked so hard and was so phenomenal.

‘He’s also so sweet and kind, during rehearsals, everyone was going across to the deli to get their lunch.Tom found a fish and chip shop, and every day he’d go and get chips with curry sauce. One day he said I’m getting you it – as I’d never had it.

‘He brought me back this soggy mess for me to eat, it was the first time someone had run out and bought lunch for me.He was a sweetheart.’ 

In September 2021, 11 months on from his diagnosis, Tom sang at the Stand Up 2 Cancer show at the Royal Albert Hall and even embarked on a Greatest Hits tour with his bandmates when the tumour was confirmed as ‘stable’ in November.

'We are truly thankful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all unite to ensure Tom's light continues to shine for his beautiful children,' Tom's wife Kelsey said

‘We are truly thankful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all unite to ensure Tom’s light continues to shine for his beautiful children,’ Tom’s wife Kelsey said

But Tom’s condition deteriorated rapidly once the tour came to an end earlier this year. 

‘Tom loved touring – he was an absolute rockstar and determined to join the boys on stage.He was enjoying playing two songs a night and was doing well performing but it really took it out of him,’ the source told The Sun.

‘We all noticed how quickly Tom deteriorated during the tour but he had no regrets – he really wanted to do it.’

The tragic news of his death was confirmed by his wife Kelsey, 32, who he leaves behind along with their two children, Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one.  

Passion: Tom performing at the Olympic Torch Relay concert, in Birmingham

Passion: Tom performing at the Olympic Torch Relay concert, in Birmingham

Band mates: (L-R) Siva Kaneswaran, Tom, Jay McGuiness, (front row, left- right) Max George, Nathan Sykes of The Wanted backstage

Band mates: (L-R) Siva Kaneswaran, Tom, Jay McGuiness, (front row, left- right) Max George, Nathan Sykes of The Wanted backstage

Kelsey said: ‘It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side.

‘Our hearts are broken. Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence.

‘We are truly thankful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all unite to ensure Tom’s light continues to shine for his beautiful children.’

She went on to thank everyone who has cared for Tom during his illness, adding that he fought the disease until the very end.   

A statement posted on the band’s official Instagram account read: ‘The whole Wanted family are devastated by the tragic and premature loss of our bandmate Tom Parker, who passed away peacefully at lunchtime today surrounded by his family and his band mates. 

‘Tom was an amazing husband to Kelsey, and father to Aurelia and Bodhi. He was our brother, words can’t express the loss and sadness we feel. Always and forever in our hearts.’  

The singer’s death comes just one week after he revealed he was in the process of writing a tell-all memoir amid his battle with brain cancer.

Tom took to Instagram last Tuesday to share the news with his fans and announce that the book would be released in July.

He said that the book, called Hope, isn’t going to be about ‘dying’ but about ‘living’ and ‘finding hope’ no matter what situation you are in. 

Tragic: The singer's death comes just one week after he revealed he was in the process of writing a tell-all memoir amid his battle with brain cancer

Tragic: The singer’s death comes just one week after he revealed he was in the process of writing a tell-all memoir amid his battle with brain cancer 

Love: In the final picture posted on his Instagram account before his death, Parker shared this snap of him on stage with his bandmates

Love: In the final picture posted on his Instagram account before his death, Parker shared this snap of him on stage with his bandmates

 

Heartfelt: In a lengthy caption Kelsey said she 'couldn't imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence'

Heartfelt: In a lengthy caption Kelsey said she ‘couldn’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence’

Tributes: Kelsey reposted a string of tributes from friends on her Instagram Stories in the hours after her husband's death, including many which referred to the devoted couple as 'soulmates'

Tributes: Kelsey reposted a string of tributes from friends on her Instagram Stories in the hours after her husband's death, including many which referred to the devoted couple as 'soulmates'

Tributes: Kelsey reposted a string of tributes from friends on her Instagram Stories in the hours after her husband’s death, including many which referred to the devoted couple as ‘soulmates’

His words: Kelsey reposted a message from a friend which included Tom's words to his wife at his charity concert in September 2021

His words: Kelsey reposted a message from a friend which included Tom’s words to his wife at his charity concert in September 2021