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The Wanted’s Tom Parker wanted to ‘curl up and die’ after devastating tumour diagnosis

The Wanted’s Tom Parker has revealed that his fellow The Wanted bandmates were crucial in him finding his feet again following his devastating brain tumour diagnosis

Tom Parker has been suffering from brain cancer and was given the news eleven months ago and has given his first interview since receiving the news to BBC Breakfast.

The singer, 33, said his body was “crying for help every day” after going through “dark days” of brutal treatment.

He admitted that he struggled to find the motivation but by the support of his partner and bandmates he was able to pull through.

Tom told BBC Breakfast: “I spoke to the boys and they all reached out individually and they were so kind.

“During that time it’s such a lonely time in your life and you feel like you’ve got nothing and you feel like you want to curl up and die, to be honest.

“But the boys getting involved gave me a little bit of hope and inspiration to push on and do some good.”

The Wanted lads first shot fame in the early 2010s and reached number one with the singles All Time Low and Glad You Came.

Tom also went on to explain that he refuses to let cancer dominate his life, almost a year after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

He added: “It’s not that I’m ignoring cancer but I just don’t want to pay it any attention.

“The more attention you pay it, the more it consumes your life and I don’t want to consume my life.

“I’ve got kids, I’ve got family. So I just try and just ignore it as much as possible.”

The singer was speaking to the BBC ahead of a special Stand Up to Cancer Concert that he has organised for Monday.

The fundraiser will be held at the Royal Albert Hall and will feature a superstar line-up including Ed Sheeran, Sigrid, Liam Payne and McFly as well as The Wanted’s first appearance for more than seven years.

Tom continued: “Liam Payne, he reached out and said ‘anything I can do to help?’ and I was like ‘mate, I would love you to perform’.

“Ed is going to do a virtual performance, I’m genuinely over the moon about it, to be honest, he’s arguably the biggest artist on the planet.

Tom also revealed that his fellow bandmates were who instigated the proper reunion as he said they decided they “wanted to sing” at the event.

The star also went on to reveal how nervous he was about the performance but said the vibe between the boys was still the same.

Tom said: “I’m pretty scared, to be honest, I’m a bit nervous but at the same time very excited.

“We’ve been together a little bit over the past few weeks and the chemistry is still the same, I just wish my mobility was better.”

The star also described his wife and mother to his two children Kelsey Hardwick as “incredible” her tireless efforts to keep the household together.

He added: “She’s incredible – she’s taken the absolute world on her shoulders bless her. She’s had to deal with a newborn and a two-year-old, she’s a warrior.”

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