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Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey talks about her life after losing the singer.
The member of English boy band The Wanted died in March aged 33. He was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma in 2020.
On Tuesday, Kelsey appeared on British talk show ‘Lorraine’ and opened up about how she and her daughter Aurelia Rose, 2, have been coping.
“I’ve been very honest, but she still talks about him every day and she doesn’t quite understand that he’s not coming back,” Kelsey admitted. “So I have to be honest to say he’s not coming, that’s all. He’s dead and he’s not coming back.”
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Kelsey and Parker tied the knot in 2018. They welcomed a son named Bodhi Thomas in November 2020 after his diagnosis. The heartbroken wife says Bodhi didn’t understand the situation, but Aurelia insists her father is still on tour with his bandmates.
“She’s kind of like, ‘Well, you’ve been on tour, so is he going to come back from that?'” Kelsey said. “She’s really troubled by this. She asks me about him every day. We have little things around Tom’s house, so she’ll see his wallet and be like, ‘Oh, that’s Tom’s wallet. father !’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s dad’s wallet.'”
Kelsey shared that despite Parker’s diagnosis, their home remained a place of optimism for their children before his passing.
“Our house has never been sad,” she explained. “It was a great place to live, so we wanted to write a book and share it with people. That you could be in a very dark place, but get some light out of it.”
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“[The kids] wake up happy…so I can’t be sad,” she continued. “And he wouldn’t want us to be sad and grieving. Don’t get me wrong, I have my bad days, of course I do. At night, it’s lonely. But it’s my life, I have to go on.”
Still, Kelsey said she’s still trying to make sense of the loss of her beloved husband.
“He was my real best friend,” she said. “I love him so much. I think it’s that I can’t text him when things come up and I can’t call him. I think that’s what I find really, really difficult . I really miss him.”
A few days before his death, Parker announced his new book on Instagram. He told his followers it was “not about dying” but “living”.
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The Wanted reunited for a brief UK tour just before Parker’s death. The musicians served as pallbearers at his funeral in London. They have since canceled an upcoming artist earlier this month, telling fans they were “still processing” his death.