The Wanted’s Tom Parker diagnosed with terminal brain tumour
British singer Tom Parker from boy band The Wanted has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour.
The 32-year-old — who has a 15-month-old daughter and is set to welcome his second child with wife Kelsey — has stage 4 glioblastoma and doctors have told him the tumour is inoperable.
Parker told OK! Magazine: "I’m still in complete shock, it’s so much to take in."
His spouse said: "It has been a crazy six weeks. We had an inkling that something was wrong in July, but we never could have imagined it was this."
Parker hasn't asked doctors for a prognosis but the life expectancy ranges between three to 18 months.
The Glad You Came hitmaker said: "I knew something wasn’t right, but I never expected it to be this. You never think this will happen to you."
The singer has already started a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Parker had a seizure in July and was placed on a waiting list for an MRI scan amid the coronavirus pandemic.
And six weeks later, he had another more severe seizure and was rushed to hospital.
Due to COVID-19, Kelsey couldn't be with Parker when he was told he had stage 4 glioblastoma.
The couple shared the heartbreaking news on Instagram on Monday and vowed to "fight this all the way" by raising awareness and researching the treatments available.
They wrote: "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."