Kelsey Parker, wife of the late The Wanted’s Tom Parker, posted a beautiful tribute to her husband on the one-year anniversary of his passing.
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“One year without you ❤️ forever my soul mate,” Parker wrote on Instagram with a throwback photo of the two in a sweet embrace.
Tom passed away from brain cancer on March 30, 2022. The news was shared in a statement on Instagram. His death came after a two-year battle against stage four glioblastoma.
“Our hearts are broken, Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence,” she shared. “We are truly thankful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all unite to ensure Tom’s light continues to shine for his beautiful children.”
“Thank you to everyone who has supported in his care throughout, he fought until the very end,” she continued, “I’m forever proud of you ❤️💫✨❤️.”
Tom and his wife got married in 2018 and now have two children – Aurelia Rose, who is 3 and a half years old, and Bodhi Thomas, who is two years old. In Kelsey’s post, she shared a portrait of her husband and a family photo of all four of them.
She spoke with The Sunday Times back in November about navigating life without her husband.
“[I feel] cheated. For the kids but obviously, selfishly for myself,” she shared.
“Even when he was ill I’d say, ‘As soon as you’re better you’re taking the bins out again… I miss calling Tom and saying, ‘What shall we have for dinner tonight?’ Evenings are tough — the kids go to bed and then it’s just me. We were a team, best friends. I even miss the arguments.”
July of last year was their 4th anniversary. She shared a post to Instagram.
“Never did I ever think this is how I’d be celebrating our 4 year wedding anniversary Tom,” Kelsey wrote. “Most people wish to have their wedding day again, I’d settle for a hug.”
“Miss you immensely and it’s not getting easier but as I promised I would, I’m here, staying positive, toasting you and us and staying grateful for the time we had,” she continued. “Our wedding day truly was the best day of my life and I’m holding on to every memory of it. Love you Tom. Thank you for choosing me to be Mrs Parker. Positive Parkers Forever ❤️”