Max George posts emotional tribute to late bandmate Tom Parker: 'Carrying you was an honour'

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Tom Parker and Max George of The Wanted perform during HITS Radio's HITS Live 2021 at Resorts World Arena on November 20, 2021 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images for BAUER)
Tom Parker and Max George were bandmates and best friends. (Getty Images for BAUER)

Max George has posted a heartfelt tribute to his bandmate and best friend Tom Parker following his funeral this week.

George, 33, acted as one of the pallbearers at Parker's funeral on Wednesday, alongside their co-stars from The Wanted Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes.

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Last night (Friday), George reflected on his devastating week as he posted photos of floral tributes from Wednesday to Instagram and sent a final message of love to his friend.

He wrote: "Good night beautiful boy. I will always think of you. Thanks for making my life so much better than I could ever have hoped for.

"Carrying you was an honour. You have carried me so many times over the last 12 years.

"I love you Tom. See you up there brother."

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Parker, a dad of two, died earlier this month aged 33 from a brain tumour he had been diagnosed with in 2020.

In his final weeks, he had joined the rest of The Wanted on tour, making brief appearances on stage and spending precious time with his bandmates.

Max George (left) and Jay McGuiness of The Wanted (centre) carry the coffin at the funeral of their bandmate Tom Parker at St Francis of Assisi church in Queensway, Petts Wood, in south-east London, following his death at the age of 33 last month, 17 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Picture date: Wednesday April 20, 2022. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Wanted served as pallbearers at Tom Parker's funeral. (PA Images)

Many of George's celebrity friends offered him their support, with Martine McCutcheon commenting: "Beautiful words. You have such a big heart and was the bestest friend anyone could have wished for. What you shared in one life was the equivalent of 50 for many others! Sending you all my love darling. Martine xxxx"

Singer Diane Warren wrote: "So very sorry Max. Beautifully said. Sending love."

Union J star Josh Cuthbert added: "Beautiful words mate. He will be waiting for you with open arms. Love ya man."

Jay McGuiness, Nathan Sykes, Tom Parker, Max George and Siva Kaneswaran of The Wanted during HITS Radio's HITS Live 2021 at Resorts World Arena on November 20, 2021 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images for BAUER)
The Wanted reunited in the months before Tom Parker's death. (Getty Images for BAUER)

George, who took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2020, also received messages from other former contestants and pro dancers.

Sara Davies wrote: "Sending tons of love xxx" while Kevin Clifton added: "Hope ur ok mate."

John Whaite, Nicola Adams, Emma Barton and Nadiya Bychkova all offered support, too.

Watch: Friends and family gather for Tom Parker's funeral