THE Wanted’s Tom Parker fought back tears as his bandmates branded him “inspirational” amid his terminal brain tumour.
The 33-year-old star insisted that he was “feeling healthy” after revealing in October last year that he has an inoperable stage 4 glioblastoma — which doctors described as “the worst case scenario”.
But speaking to Charlotte Hawkins on Good Morning Britain today, the father-of-two insisted that he was feeling well as he reflected on “tough days”.
Tom shared: “Surprisingly, I feel quite good – when you look into treatments and this illness it kind of only ever heads one way, and that’s down. But it really feels like I’m going up, both mentally and physically.
“I feel really positive and healthy, the kids don’t really know what’s wrong with daddy but when I was really ill on chemotherapy and radiation I couldn’t get out of bed, they were tough days and the kids instinctively knew and stayed away – but when I felt better they were there.”
His bandmate Nathan Sykes shared: “It’s inspirational, it’s infectious – he’s so driven and doing amazing things.”
Jay McGuinness echoed: “You’ve done absolutely the best thing you can do in this situation, and you’ve done so much.”
As he was comforted by Max George, Tom looked overwhelmed with emotion as he murmured: “Thanks mate,” adding: “I might cry.”
Earlier this week, The Wanted announced they’re back together – seven years after their split.
They revealed all at an exclusive single launch attended by The Sun, saying that they’ll release their greatest hits later this month and will perform together for the first time at Tom Parker’s Stand Up To Cancer gig next week followed by a tour.
In June, Tom revealed that he is making a documentary about his terminal cancer, sharing: “It’s been an emotional few months for me and my family. But I’m determined to both fight the disease and the terrible situation of the chronically low level of research that goes towards finding a cure and treatment for glioblastoma.
“In this documentary, as well as exploring the medical and human aspects of this disease, I am determined to raise awareness and raise as much money as we can through the concert to help advance crucial cancer research and develop new treatments.”
The show will see cameras go inside the home of Tom, wife Kelsey, their daughter Aurelia, two and baby son Bodhi.
In January, Tom posted on Instagram that his tumour had been “significantly reduced” and that he was continuing treatment, with bandmate Max revealing in April that doctors were shocked by how well Tom was responding to chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
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