Tom Parker, best known as a member of the British-Irish boy band The Wanted, reveals he has terminal brain cancer.
In an emotional statement posted to Instagram, Parker, 32, and wife Kelsey Hardwick — who are expecting their second child — announced the tragic news that the singer has an inoperable brain tumor and is undergoing treatment.
“There’s no easy way to say this but I’ve sadly been diagnosed with a Brain Tumour and I’m already undergoing treatment,” it read.
“We are all absolutely devastated but we are gonna fight this all the way. We don’t want your sadness, we just want love and positivity and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options. It’s gonna be a tough battle but with everyone’s love and support we are going to beat this.”
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Hey guys, you know that we’ve both been quiet on social media for a few weeks and it’s time to tell you why. There’s no easy way to say this but I’ve sadly been diagnosed with a Brain Tumour and I’m already undergoing treatment. We decided, after a lot of thought, that rather than hiding away and trying to keep it a secret, we would do one interview where we could lay out all the details and let everyone know the facts in our own way. We are all absolutely devastated but we are gonna fight this all the way. We don’t want your sadness, we just want love and positivity and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options. It’s gonna be a tough battle but with everyone’s love and support we are going to beat this. Tom and Kelsey xxx @ok_mag
In an interview with Britain’s OK! Magazine, Parker said he went to the hospital after suffering two seizures over the summer.
“They pulled the curtain around my bed and said, ‘It’s a brain tumour.’ All I could think was, ‘------- hell!’ I was in shock. It’s stage four glioblastoma and they’ve said it’s terminal. It was a lot to deal with by myself. I still haven’t processed it.”
Medical professionals also described the tumor as a “worst-case scenario.”
However, Hardwick asked doctors not to disclose how long Parker has left because she feared it would cause him to be depressed.
According to U.K. nonprofit The Brain Tumour Charity, life expectancy for patients with the tumor ranges from three months to 18 months after diagnosis.
Despite the odds, Parker is determined to fight his illness and is also practicing reiki for his mental health.
Monday on Instagram, former bandmate Max George wrote Parker a touching message, saying, “We are all on this journey together.”
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First of all.. I think the bravery of Tom and Kelsey announcing their situation is incredible. It’s obviously a devastating and scary time... but for those who don’t know Tom I will say this. There is nothing that he has ever given up on and has never taken no for an answer. His heart is the size of a lions, and it is his drive and passion that has always led The Wanted and made sure we are looked after the right way. Speaking as a brother, a friend and a band mate.. I know that you will conquer this as you have every other challenge you have ever faced. We are all on this journey together... and I can’t wait to get back on the stage with you and the boys and have a proper celebration when you’re better. You got this my man. I love you, Kels and all the family with all my heart and I’ll be right here.❤️
Parker and Hardwick share 16-month-old daughter Aurelia.
In 2012, The Wanted reached No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Top 100 with their smash hit, “Glad You Came.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tom and his family during this difficult time.