The Wanted’s Tom Parker using wheelchair because of cancer treatment
Tom Parker is using a wheelchair after going through tough treatment for his inoperable brain tumour.
The Wanted star joined his bandmates on tour this week for a special appearance alongside them on stage and in photos that Max George has shared from their time together, he is shown in a wheelchair.
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Parker, 33, was diagnosed with inoperable stage-four glioblastoma in 2020, while his wife Kelsey was pregnant with their second child.
He had been forced to pull out of tour dates to undergo cancer treatment, but this week has been joining Max George, Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaran, and Jay McGuinness in surprise appearances at shows.
Close friend George has also been sharing backstage updates from the tour with Parker, and in one of his Instagram Stories he posted a photo of Parker sitting in a wheelchair dressed in a beanie hat and sunglasses with Justin Timberlake's SexyBack playing, captioned: "I mean...come on."
In another snap, George showed Parker eating a chicken salad and wrote: "Tom is just on his ninth meal of the day."
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He added to Parker's wife: "Just so you know Kels, the chips don't get touched."
George also shared a clip from after the band's Friday night show thanking fans for their support as he walked into his hotel room, showing a smiling Parker lying in the double bed.
In another post from the evening he and his friend were shown lying in the bed together and he wrote: "Nottingham, you were unbelievable!!! So much love in one room. Now for a Friday night spoon with @tomparkerofficial (who smashed it tonight!!)"
Last October, Parker told The Sun he was determined to defy the odds of his illness.
"They give you 12 to 18 months of survival," he said. "But that’s the general statistics. Everyone we’ve spoken to has been way, way beyond that.
"Now, we’re aiming to be cancer-free by March. That’s the aim. This disease is always there. You might have residual cells but just not active."
Watch: The Wanted star Tom Parker reunites with bandmates on stage after cancer treatment