The Wanted star Tom Parker's widow Kelsey opens up on 'toughest' part of grief six months after death from brain cancer | The Sun

TOM Parker's widow Kelsey has opened up on the "toughest" part of her grief six months after the boyband star died from brain cancer.

The Wanted vocalist Tom passed away in March, aged 33.


He tragically left behind children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one, as well as his wife Kelsey, 32.

Today, his widow appeared on ITV show Loose Women where she told the panel she was "living each day and asking how do I feel."

After confessing she had a "village of people" around to support her, panelist Janet Street Porter asked Kelsey about the "toughest" times.

Kelsey said: "Evenings are so tough.

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"It's because the kids go to bed and it's just me.

"That's the time you speak to your partner, you gossip, you talk. I don't do that any more."

She went on to say how Tom's memory was kept alive for their kids, with their daughter very aware that her dad has died.

Kelsey continued: "She will pick things up and say 'OK that's my dad's' or 'OK that's mummy and daddy.'

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"We really talk about him in the house.

"It's so important. It just keeps him alive for them."

Kelsey also told the panel how she is completing a charity challenge for Coppa Feel in November, which will see her trek across the Sahara in Tom's memory.

Back in March, Kelsey told The Sun of her tragic loss and 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.

"Thank you to everyone who has supported in his care throughout. He fought until the very end."

Kelsey shared two moving photographs on Instagram as she announced the news.

The first is a black and white image of Tom posing in a white t-shirt.

The second shows the musician standing with his wife and children in the back garden as the sun sets. Kelsey holds baby Bodhi while Tom beams at Aurelia.

The star was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in 2020 and given just 18 months to live.

But brave Tom beat the odds after undergoing several gruelling rounds of chemotherapy and 30 radiotherapy sessions.

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Tom, from Bolton, learnt to play the guitar aged 16 and auditioned unsuccessfully for The X Factor.

In 2009 he joined The Wanted, with the band going on to score 10 UK Top 10 singles and three Top 10 albums.



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