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Kelsey Parker says writing book helped her process husband Tom's death

Kelsey said penning her story has been 'an emotional journey'

Kelsey Parker with her late husband Tom Parker. (Getty Images for The London Cabaret Club)
Kelsey Parker with her late husband Tom Parker. (Getty Images for The London Cabaret Club)

Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey has said losing the singer has been “like an out of body experience” and that writing her book helped her to process what has happened.

The Wanted singer died in March last year at the age of 33, after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Kelsey – who has two young children with the late star - has now penned a book entitled With And Without You, which is out in a month.

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Sharing a snap of the front cover on Instagram, she told her followers: “We spent last week giving it a final proof read and it's been such an emotional journey writing this book and reliving life when I first met Tom, through our happiest times, getting married, having Aurelia and then his diagnosis, saying goodbye and the last 18 months without him and all I have learned along the way.

“Writing those final chapters was the first time I really processed all that has happened.

"It's been like an out of body experience and now I'm realising this really is my life and I went through all of that."

She continued: "I'm heartbroken and sad, proud, stronger than ever, more vulnerable and somehow feel weaker than ever and everything in between, but most of all I'm grateful for all the support I've had and that through all the grief and loss I have a lot to look forward to.

"I’m still here, laughing and smiling through the good and surviving the bad.”

**FILE PHOTO** Tom Parker of The Wanted Has Passed Away at 33. August 24, 2012: Tom Parker of The Wanted performs at the Good Morning America Concert Series at Rumsey Playfield Central Park in New York City. © RW/MediaPunch Inc. /IPX
Tom Parker on stage in 2012. (RW/MediaPunch Inc /IPX) (MediaPunch Inc./MediaPunch/IPx)

Kelsey said that September feels like “a fresh start”, with four-year-old Aurelia starting school and her book out.

She thanked everyone who had reached out and supported her amid Tom’s illness and death, saying she’d “never be able to thank you enough for carrying me through these last 18 months”.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your kindness, love and support,” she said.

“Thank you for saving your judgement and instead wishing us well and pushing us through.

"For proving that where there is loss there is always something positive to be grateful for, something more to be gained.

Members of the group The Wanted, from left to right, Tom Parker, Max George, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran and Nathan Sykes attend Z100's Jingle Ball on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
The late singer with The Wanted. (Invision/AP) (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

"We’re all here for human connection, to feel, to love, to grow. To love and to be loved is everything.”

Tom was diagnosed with stage-four glioblastoma in 2020, when Kelsey was expecting their son Bodhi.

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She announced in March 2022 that he had died, saying in a moving Instagram post that she was “ forever proud” of him.

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