Tom Parker from boyband The Wanted has revealed that he has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour.
The singer shared the news on his Instagram today, coupled with an interview both he and his wife conducted in OK Magazine.
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Hey guys, you know that we’ve both been quiet on social media for a few weeks and it’s time to tell you why. There’s no easy way to say this but I’ve sadly been diagnosed with a Brain Tumour and I’m already undergoing treatment. We decided, after a lot of thought, that rather than hiding away and trying to keep it a secret, we would do one interview where we could lay out all the details and let everyone know the facts in our own way. We are all absolutely devastated but we are gonna fight this all the way. We don’t want your sadness, we just want love and positivity and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options. It’s gonna be a tough battle but with everyone’s love and support we are going to beat this. Tom and Kelsey xxx @ok_mag
Speaking to the magazine, Parker shared further details of his illness.
"It’s stage four glioblastoma and they’ve said its terminal... I still haven’t processed it."
His wife, Kelsey, has said that doctors have told her that it is a "worst case scenario" but that the couple haven't asked for a prognosis.
"We didn’t ask for one.
"I said that for Tom’s state of mind, and who he is as a person, that would not be good for him.
"He would literally sit here and count down the days and not live his life."
Speaking on his bandmates, Tom said they were as shocked as he and his wife were when they heard the news.
"Jay has been round to see us a few times since we got the news and is reading up on everything he can and Max was here last week.
"Siva and Nathan obviously live a lot further away, but all four of the boys have been texting regularly and sending through different articles and possible treatments and therapies that they’re all reading about."