The Wanted's Tom Parker offered support from Sir Rod Stewart after cancer diagnosis
Sir Rod Stewart offered his support to The Wanted’s Tom Parker when the singer was told he had terminal cancer.
Rod was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017 and had an intense course of radiotherapy before announcing he was “in the clear” two years later.
After Tom revealed his inoperable brain tumour last year he was surprised to hear from one of his musical heroes.
Tom, 33, said: “Rod messaged me saying, ‘Listen, I’ve been through this situation. If you ever need to rant, I’m here for you whenever’.
“What a lovely thing to do, It was so nice of him to do that.”
The Wanted announced their reunion tour yesterday and an emotional Tom thanked his bandmates for the “lift” it had given him.
“It’s been a very sad eight months, so it’s been nice to smile again,” he said.
“My treatment is going swimmingly, surprisingly. I think people are perplexed by it - this disease doesn’t normally go the way we want it to. It’s usually a rapid decline, glioblastoma.”
But while Tom is busy “firing up” his vocal cords ahead of their first gig, he admits his tumour has made their promotional activity more challenging.
“I was absolutely b*****ksed,” he said. “My brain’s not used to that constant stimulation. I need to work on my mental capacity.”
Tom, who is experimenting with Far Eastern herbal and holistic medicines, heaped praise on his “incredible” wife Kelsey and their two children Aurelia Rose, two, and Bodhi Thomas, who was born in October.
“She has taken the world on her shoulders,” he said, adding: “The kids are just so emotionally intelligent.
“When I was first diagnosed, I couldn’t get out of bed – I had no energy. They knew Daddy was poorly and I needed time on my own.
“But as I was getting better, they instinctively knew and they were jumping all over me. It was lovely.”
- The Wanted’s Greatest Hits are out on November 12. And they perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of Tom’s Inside My Head gig for Stand Up to Cancer on September 20.
To announce their reunion, the group filmed a skit in a hospital where Tom’s four bandmates repeatedly claim their minor injuries like a broken nail “don’t get worse than that” – to the singer’s faux incredulity.
But the group admit they weren’t sold on the script at first. Nathan Sykes admits they feared they could “get in trouble” online for the video, released yesterday.
He adds: “It was trying to announce it, and a way of addressing what Tom has been through without sitting around saying how we all share his sadness.”
Jay quipped: “It was nice to act like conceited assholes - which was hard.”
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