On March 30, Tom Parker passed away after a 20-month battle against a stage four glioblastoma that was diagnosed with a terminal prognosis at the time. The former member of The Wanted was very open about his condition and since he knew that he was facing this strange type of brain cancer, he documented his experience, knowing the outcome that he anticipated with this situation. After that heartbreaking funeral in which his family, friends and fans gave him the last goodbye in the streets of London, little by little some of the memories that Tom left documented through a book have been revealed. Although the publication will be released until July, some fragments have already seen the light and among them a brief glimpse of the chapter in which it is made public that Ed Sheeran supported Tom and his wife Kelsey to pay for their treatment stands out. medical.
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It was through a fragment published by the British tabloid The Sun, which could be read: “Almost from the moment I was diagnosed, Ed Sheeran approached me with an offer to do anything he could to help. Ed and I have known each other since he joined The Wanted on the tour truck during our US book tour over ten years ago. We have always met over the years and had a great relationship. I’ve never said this publicly before (and he’s probably going to be mad that I do it now), but Ed is a very special man, he even helped me with medical bills when he was looking at treatment options and receiving private immunotherapy. He didn’t need to do any of that, but my wife Kelsey and I are so grateful to him for his support, it meant the world (to us).”
Despite the fact that their friendship was not well known publicly and that the gesture of the interpreter of Thinking Out Loud could have remained anonymous if it were not for the book in which Tom wanted to recognize him, his closeness was clear before the Parker’s passing. Like many British celebrities, Ed took to his Instagram account to post alongside a photo of the former Wanted member: “So sad to hear of Tom’s passing. My thoughts and love go out to Kelsey, her children and her families. A very sad day, what a lovely guy.”
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Tom’s hard reflection
This revelation was not the only one found in the chapter published by The Sun, in it you can also read a little about how he lived his process after his diagnosis. “You probably would never expect to hear someone say this, but sometimes a part of me is just thankful I have brain cancer. There is a beauty in that. Puts things in perspective. It has taught me a lot about life, to value every moment. It has brought my family and friends closer together, it has introduced me to inspiring people from all over the world, and most importantly, it has reminded me that no matter what life throws at you, there is always hope.” which bears precisely that name Hope (hope). Despite the fact that the prognosis for Tom was fulfilled to the letter, he wanted to take advantage of every day of the few months that he had left and he wanted to capture his experience in this publication.
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Tom Parker memoir reveals Ed Sheeran helped pay for his treatment
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