Tom Parker, a member of boy band The Wanted, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
The singer, 32, said he was “still in shock” after learning he had stage 4 glioblastoma six weeks ago.
“I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t expect it to be.”
Talk to OK! magazine, the singer said he would remain positive, despite being told the cancer was terminal. “I’ll be here,” he added. “I’ll fight this.”
Parker rose to fame in the early 2010s as part of The Wanted, reaching number one with the singles All Time Low and Glad You Came.
Since taking a hiatus in 2014, he’s played Danny Zuko in a touring production of Grease, and made the semi-finals of Celebrity Masterchef.
He married actress Kelsey Hardwick in 2018. The couple have 16-month-old daughter Aurelia and are expecting their second child.
Parker suffered a seizure in July and was put on a waiting list for an MRI. Six weeks later, he had another more serious seizure while traveling with his family to Norwich and was rushed to hospital.
After three days of testing, he was diagnosed with cancer. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, his wife was not allowed to enter the hospital and he received the news himself.
What is glioblastoma?
- Glioblastoma is the most common type of brain tumor that starts in the brain
- It is the most aggressive form of adult brain tumor and is often resistant to treatment
- It is believed that the variety of cells in a glioblastoma is one of the reasons why it is so difficult to treat because current drugs are not able to effectively target all types of tumor cells.
- As with most brain tumors, the cause of glioblastoma is not known.
Source: The Brain Tumor Charity
On Monday, the couple posted an Instagram message telling fans that Parker had started chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
“We’re going to fight this all the way,” they said. “We don’t want your sadness, we just want love and positivity and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and research all available treatment options.”
Glioblastoma is the most aggressive of the brain tumors in adults. Speaking to OK !, the couple said they had not asked about how he is likely to develop.
“I said for Tom’s state of mind, and who he is as a person, that wouldn’t be good for him,” Hardwick said. “He was literally sitting here and counting the days without living his life.”
Parker added, “There are so many stories of people who had a bad prognosis and are still here five, ten, or even 15 years later. We’re going to fight that to the end.”
The couple were inundated with messages of support Monday morning.
“Always sending so much love and support,” Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington wrote in a comment under their Instagram post.
“We love you Tom!” added The Only Way Is James “Arg” Money from Essex, who appeared with Parker at ITV’s 2018 The Real Full Monty Cancer Fundraiser. “We have this brother, no doubt about that! “
Hardwick added that the comrades of Parker’s group have rallied, with Jay McGuinness and Max George visiting the couple in recent weeks.
“Siva [Kaneswaran] and Nathan [Sykes] obviously live much further away, but the four boys have regularly texted and sent different articles and possible treatments and therapies that they all read. They were amazing. “
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