The Wanted’s Tom Parker Says He Doesn’t Want to Pay Cancer Any Attention

The Wanted’s Tom Parker on BBC Breakfast this morning, spoke strongly about the impact his glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) diagnosis has had on him.

The singer, 33, revealed last year that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour at the time when his wife Kelsey was expecting their second child.

Its been eleven months since he has been suffering from brain cancer and he has given his first interview since receiving the news to BBC Breakfast.

He spoke movingly about how its been like dealing with the cancer especially regarding his chemotherapy regime, his diet and the loneliness serious illness can lead to. He also spoke a great deal about his love for his family and the support of his bandmates from The Wanted.

Tom Parker on stage with his bandmates Siva Kaneswaran, Max George, Nathan Sykes and Jay McGuiness. (Getty Images)
Tom Parker on stage with his bandmates. Image: Getty Images

He is married to Kelsey and they have two children together and he said he is focusing on his family.

The singer, spoke on the Breakfast show and he talked about how his entire body was “crying for help every day” after going through “dark days” of severe treatment.

He admitted to have struggled to find the motivation but the support of his partner and bandmates helped him pull through.

He 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.”

Also speaking on the Breakfast show, the singer said he wasn’t going to allow cancer take the better part of his life.

He said “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 it to consume my life”, he added.

He went on to say “I’ve got kids, I’ve got family”, he added “So I just try and just ignore it as much as possible”.

This interview comes ahead of Monday night’s  Stand Up To Cancer concert and the National Brain Appeal at the Royal Albert Hall, where The Wanted will be playing alongside other musical stars, including Liam Payne and Ed Sheeran, Sigrid, McFly and others.

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The Wanted will make their first appearance after more than seven years. And the band have also announced that they are releasing a greatest hits album.