Tom Parker says The Wanted reunion is keeping spirits up amid brain tumour battle

Tom Parker has revealed The Wanted's recent reunion has help to lift his spirits as he continues to battle an inoperable brain tumour.

The 33 year old reunited with his bandmates Max George, also 33, Siva Kaneswaran, 32, Jay McGuinness, 31, and Nathan Sykes, 28, last month to announce a greatest hits album and tour.

They made their first performance in seven years at Tom's Inside My Head concert, which he organised in conjunction with Stand Up 2 Cancer.

He put on a loved-up display with wife Kelsey at the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, telling OK! how the reunion had helped him.

Tom told us of the reunion: "It's been so amazing, we didn't realise how much of an appetite there was for The Wanted but clearly there is.

"It really helps keep my spirits up, he continued as Kelsey chimed: "And it keeps you busy."

Tom jokingly hit back: "Yeah, and away from the kids!" He continued: "The kids are great but they’re a handful."


The Glad You Came hitmaker was hailed a "hero" after bravely opening up on his cancer battle in a powerful Channel 4 documentary.

In the programme, he recalled the devastating moment he was told that he had a brain tumour while alone.

He said: "Because of the Covid situation I was on my own in Norwich hospital and they came in and put the curtain round and said: 'You have got a brain tumour.'"

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Tom, who broke down in an emotional scene on the documentary, said: "'I can't have? You have got to have made a mistake? I am 32 years old?' And it was."

Meanwhile his wife Kelsey described how she "could not stop shaking" as Tom was taken to hospital by the paramedics in October.

One fan took to Twitter to write after the documentary aired: "@TomParker I was beyond moved by you and of course @BeingKelsey."

A second added: "Your story of love and positivity conquering fear and heartbreak really is truly inspiring. You two are incredible."

While a third wrote: "@TomParker just watched your story on #SU2C and my heart goes out to you, you are a brave person for highlighting your #Cancer, super hero."

Watch the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, ITV, 4th November, 8pm.

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