Wanted lead singer Tom Parker says brain tumor has been “under control” | Music


Tom Parker, a singer in the chart-topping boy group The Wanted, revealed on social media that his brain tumor has been “under control.”

The musician, 33, announced in October 2020 that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable tumor.

On Wednesday, he shared the positive update on his condition on Instagram alongside a photo of him smiling with his wife, Kelsey Hardwick, and their two children Aurelia and Bodhi.

Parker wrote: “I sit here with tears in my eyes as I tell you. We have my brain tumor under control. We have had the results of my last scan… and I am happy to say that it is STABLE.

“Such a mixture of emotions. We couldn’t really ask for more at this point; about a year for this trip. Honestly on the moon. We can sleep a little easier tonight.

“Thank you for all of your love and support over the past 12+ months. Love from me, Kelsey, Aurelia & Bo.

Last month Parker appeared on Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer event, which raised £ 31,169,340.

The singer underwent tests last year after suffering from unexplained seizures, with doctors confirming the diagnosis while on a family vacation in Norwich.

Describing the time of his diagnosis at the time, Parker recalls: “They pulled the curtain around my bed and said, ‘It’s a brain tumor.’

“All I could think of was, ‘Fuck it!’ I was shocked.

“He’s stage four glioblastoma and they said he’s terminal. It was a lot to deal with on my own. I still haven’t treated him.

The average life expectancy for stage four glioblastoma ranges from three to 18 months after diagnosis.

Parker rose to fame in the early 2010s as part of Wanted, reaching No. 1 with the singles All Time Low and Glad You Came.

The boyband formed in 2009 with Parker, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Nathan Sykes and Jay McGuiness.

Since the group took a hiatus in 2014, he has played Danny Zuko in a touring production of Grease and reached the semi-finals of Celebrity MasterChef. He married actor Hardwick in 2018.


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