Tom Parker’s wife Kelsey leaves his funeral on a bus to join family and friends at a private wake

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Tom Parker‘s heartbroken widow Kelsey was seen waving from the window of a double decker bus as she left his funeral to head to a private wake with family and friends on Wednesday afternoon. 

The mother-of-two donned sunglasses and put on a brave face after saying goodbye to her husband on Wednesday following The Wanted singer’s tragic death aged just 33 following a two-year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma.

Kelsey had earlier broken down in tears after paying tribute to her ‘soulmate’ at the popstar’s funeral in south-east London on Wednesday, saying: ‘If love alone could have saved you, you would have lived forever’.

Emotional day: Tom Parker ‘s widow was seen waving from the window of a double decker bus as she left his funeral to head to a private wake with family and friends

Kelsey was supported by her family as she headed off on a private bus – which was emblazoned with the words ‘Rest in peace Tom Parker’ – where they planned to pay their final respects to the singer out of the public eye. 

A plethora of Tom’s loved ones were seen piled on to the red bus, which also said ‘RIP’ at the back, following the emotional funeral of the star – who died on March 30 aged 33 surrounded by his family and bandmates. 

Before the service, The Wanted star’s bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes were pictured carrying the star’s black coffin adorned with lilies into the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood. 

Gone too soon: The mum-of-two donned sunglasses and put on a brave face after saying goodbye to her husband on Wednsday following The Wanted singer's tragic death aged just 33 following a two-year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma [Tom's bandmates pictured carrying his coffin]

Gone too soon: The mum-of-two donned sunglasses and put on a brave face after saying goodbye to her husband on Wednsday following The Wanted singer’s tragic death aged just 33 following a two-year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma [Tom’s bandmates pictured carrying his coffin]

Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, broke down as she left the service and kissed Tom’s coffin, after earlier leading the funeral procession of a horse and carriage through the streets of the couple’s local community.  

A pre-recorded message from Kelsey was played at his funeral service within which she shared anecdotes about how the pair first met at a nightclub before he shot to fame with The Wanted, adding: ‘From that moment I told everyone I wanted to marry Tom Parker.’

The congregation erupted into laughter as she said: ‘Tom told me he was going to be famous and wouldn’t have time for a girlfriend, but he wouldn’t leave me alone.

Sorrow: Kelsey was supported by her family as she headed off on a private bus - which was emblazoned with the words 'Rest in peace Tom Parker' - where they planned to pay their final respects to the singer out of the public eye

Sorrow: Kelsey was supported by her family as she headed off on a private bus – which was emblazoned with the words ‘Rest in peace Tom Parker’ – where they planned to pay their final respects to the singer out of the public eye

Heading off: A plethora of Tom's loved ones were seen piled on to the red bus, which also said 'RIP' at the back, following the emotional funeral of the star - who died on March 30 aged 33 surrounded by his family and bandmates

Heading off: A plethora of Tom’s loved ones were seen piled on to the red bus, which also said ‘RIP’ at the back, following the emotional funeral of the star – who died on March 30 aged 33 surrounded by his family and bandmates

In his honour: Tom's loved ones gathered together on the red bus as they headed off to a private wake to pay their last respects

In his honour: Tom’s loved ones gathered together on the red bus as they headed off to a private wake to pay their last respects

‘I will treasure every memory because life with you was never dull. You were always coming up with songs, new game shows and we all know how much you loved an invention – I bet you were gutted you never made it on Dragons’ Den.

‘Marrying you was the best day of my life… soulmates, that’s what we are,’ she said, ending the speech by telling Tom: ‘If love alone could have saved you, you would have lived forever’  

Max George also paid tribute to late bandmate and the impact he had on The Wanted in an emotional speech at the service.

Saying goodbye: Kelsey had earlier broken down in tears after paying tribute to her 'soulmate' at the popstar's funeral in south-east London on Wednesday

Saying goodbye: Kelsey had earlier broken down in tears after paying tribute to her ‘soulmate’ at the popstar’s funeral in south-east London on Wednesday

Tears: Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, broke down as she left the service, after earlier leading the funeral procession of a horse and carriage through the streets of the couple's local community

Tears: Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, broke down as she left the service, after earlier leading the funeral procession of a horse and carriage through the streets of the couple’s local community

Loss: Tom's The Wanted bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes were pictured carrying the star's black coffin into the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood for his funeral on Wednesday

Loss: Tom’s The Wanted bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes were pictured carrying the star’s black coffin into the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood for his funeral on Wednesday

Crowds: Mourners lined the streets as Tom's coffin was carried along the route ahead of the service

Crowds: Mourners lined the streets as Tom’s coffin was carried along the route ahead of the service 

After serving as a pallbearer at the funeral, he told attendees at the service: ‘I could actually hear him saying, ‘It’s about time’, as he carried us for the last 12 years.

‘Tom was always a brother, he made such an impact from the start. His love for music and striving for success outmatched all of us.’ 

George also joked that Parker had been the only member of The Wanted to have had a ‘punch-up’ with all his bandmates, prompting laughter from attendees. 

Final kiss goodbye: Kelsey was seen embracing the coffin before it was driven away in the hearse. She placed a single white rose on top before kissing the coffin

Final kiss goodbye: Kelsey was seen embracing the coffin before it was driven away in the hearse. She placed a single white rose on top before kissing the coffin

Much loved: Hundreds of mourners remained outside the church as Tom's coffin was carried to the hearse

Much loved: Hundreds of mourners remained outside the church as Tom’s coffin was carried to the hearse 

Forever love: Tom's widow Kelsey sobbed as she bade a final farewell to her soulmate as fans watched on

Forever love: Tom’s widow Kelsey sobbed as she bade a final farewell to her soulmate as fans watched on 

Tribute: Kelsey wore a gold hair slide with Tom's name as a subtle tribute to her late husband

Tribute: Kelsey wore a gold hair slide with Tom’s name as a subtle tribute to her late husband 

Widow: Kelsey, wearing a sparkly tuxedo jacket over a black jumpsuit, was supported by family members

Goodbye: She was pictured clutching a single white rose as she watched Tom's coffin being carried out of the church

Widow: Kelsey, wearing a sparkly tuxedo jacket over a black jumpsuit, was supported by family members and was pictured clutching a single white rose as she watched Tom’s coffin being carried out of the church

Sharing: A pre-recorded message from Kelsey was played at his funeral service within which she shared anecdotes about how the pair first met and their wedding day, which she called the happiest day of her life

Sharing: A pre-recorded message from Kelsey was played at his funeral service within which she shared anecdotes about how the pair first met and their wedding day, which she called the happiest day of her life 

Final farewell: 'Marrying you was the best day of my life... soulmates, that's what we are,' Kelsey said during the service, ending the speech by telling Tom: 'If love alone could have saved you, you would have lived forever'

Final farewell: ‘Marrying you was the best day of my life… soulmates, that’s what we are,’ Kelsey said during the service, ending the speech by telling Tom: ‘If love alone could have saved you, you would have lived forever’

Happier times: The Wanted bandmember died on Wednesday March 30 aged 33 surrounded by his loved ones and bandmates, following a two-year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma

Happier times: The Wanted bandmember died on Wednesday March 30 aged 33 surrounded by his loved ones and bandmates, following a two-year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma 

He added: ‘Everything he did he did with best intentions, even if it was a fight, he got away with it because it was Tom. 

‘I could say so much about Tom. One thing I will always remember is his laugh. He loves laughing at people and we experienced that every day.

‘He has left us far too early and we will miss him so much. The people outside, the people all around the world, is a credit to him. Rest easy mate.’ 

Hugely popular: Children joined the mourners as the procession passed, wearing The Wanted t-shirts

Hugely popular: Children joined the mourners as the procession passed, wearing The Wanted t-shirts 

Final journey: Tom's bandmates carried his coffin into the church ahead of the service

Final journey: Tom’s bandmates carried his coffin into the church ahead of the service 

Loved and missed: Attendees followed the coffin as the service got underway

Loved and missed: Attendees followed the coffin as the service got underway 

Devastated: Tom's bandmate Jay McGuinness was in years after the service. He had earlier acted as a pallbearer

Devastated: Tom’s bandmate Jay McGuinness was in years after the service. He had earlier acted as a pallbearer

Pallbearers: Tom's The Wanted bandmates were pictured carrying the black coffin into church after the funeral procession

Pallbearers: Tom’s The Wanted bandmates were pictured carrying the black coffin into church after the funeral procession

Close: Jay was in tears as he joined his bandmates and other pallbearers to carry the coffin into the church, whole Oasis track Champagne Supernova played

Close: Jay was in tears as he joined his bandmates and other pallbearers to carry the coffin into the church, whole Oasis track Champagne Supernova played

Bandmate: Max George was a pallbearer before delivering an emotional speech to the mourners during the service

Bandmate: Max George was a pallbearer before delivering an emotional speech to the mourners during the service

Pallbearers: Jay walked side by side with Nathan and held the order of service after the band delivered speeches during the service

Pallbearers: Jay walked side by side with Nathan and held the order of service after the band delivered speeches during the service 

As the coffin was carried into the church the Oasis song Champagne Supernova was played while the band’s anthem Live Forever was played over the speakers to the crowd during the service.

It was previously revealed that in his final moments, Tom asked to listen to Live Forever along with his friends, family and fellow bandmates as he passed on. 

The service featured a number of emotional renditions including Amazing Grace and You Raise Me Up. The service began with a violinist-accompanied version of You Raise Me Up sung by Ollie Marland, who wore sunglasses.

Parker and Marland released music as part of dance duo Lost + Found.

Handbags And Gladrags, also accompanied by a violinist, was sung by RuthAnne Cunningham. She also sung a rendition of Amazing Grace.

As the coffin was carried out of the church to The Wanted’s hit song Gold Forever before Kelsey placed a single white rose inside the hearse.  

Dad: Tom's father Nigel Parker broke down as he left the service with other family members

Dad: Tom’s father Nigel Parker broke down as he left the service with other family members

Loved ones: He received a hug from a member of the Parker family after the emotional service was played to hundreds of fans outside the church

Loved ones: He received a hug from a member of the Parker family after the emotional service was played to hundreds of fans outside the church 

Tragic: The Wanted bandmember died on Wednesday March 30 aged 33 surrounded by his loved ones and bandmates, following a two-year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma, pictured the order of service for the funeral

Father: Multi-coloured flowers shaped to read the word "daddy", with photographs of handprints from his children, Bodhi, one and Aurelia, two, were carried into the church service after adorning the carriage

Tragic: Pictured the order of service for the funeral and flowers spelling out the word ‘Daddy’

Showbiz sparkle: Kelsey wore a flowing black jumpsuit  under a sparkling tuxedo jacket as mourners dressed in black

Showbiz sparkle: Kelsey wore a flowing black jumpsuit  under a sparkling tuxedo jacket as mourners dressed in black 

Sad occasion: Kelsey wiped her eyes as she walked away from the hearse and returned to her family

Sad occasion: Kelsey wiped her eyes as she walked away from the hearse and returned to her family

Helping hand: She was supported by the funeral director before receiving hugs from her parents

Helping hand: She was supported by the funeral director before receiving hugs from her parents

Tom’s bandmates dressed in black suits and comforted each other as they waited to carry the coffin. Nathan, who had his long hair tied back in a pony tail, placed his arm round Max, who wore a flat cap pulled low over his face. 

Flowers spelling out the word ‘Daddy’ from Tom’s children two children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one, were carefully carried into the church after they adorned the side of the carriage.

A flowered sign that spelled the word ‘Tom’ in red roses was attached to the front of the hearse as it travelled to the church.

Tears for his friend: One Direction star Liam Payne, who performed at a Stand Up 2 Cancer charity concert organised by Tom was also present for the service

Liam broke down in tears as he walked out of the church

Tears for his friend:  One Direction star Liam Payne, who performed at a Stand Up 2 Cancer charity concert organised by Tom was also present for the service, breaking down in tears as he left the church

Friend: The singer dressed in a black suit and tie for the funeral, pictured arriving for the service

Friend: The singer dressed in a black suit and tie for the funeral, pictured arriving for the service 

Close friend: TOWIE star James 'Arg' Argent was also at the service with his ex girlfriend Lydia Bright. The reality star was a close friend of Tom and his wife Kelsey and performed at the couple's 2018 stag do

Close friend: TOWIE star James ‘Arg’ Argent was also at the service with his ex girlfriend Lydia Bright. The reality star was a close friend of Tom and his wife Kelsey and performed at the couple’s 2018 stag do

Appearance: TOWIE exes Lydia and Arg were seen joining other mourners at the service

Appearance: TOWIE exes Lydia and Arg were seen joining other mourners at the service

Moment: Arg and Lydia took a moment to remember their late friend at the service

Moment: Arg and Lydia took a moment to remember their late friend at the service 

TOWIE star: Lydia was seen speaking to other mourners as she attended the service with James, who she has remained close friends with following their split

TOWIE star: Lydia was seen speaking to other mourners as she attended the service with James, who she has remained close friends with following their split 

Saying their goodbyes: Olympian Rebecca Adlington, who was at the Parker's wedding, arrived hand in hand with her partner Andy Parsons

Saying their goodbyes: Olympian Rebecca Adlington, who was at the Parker’s wedding, arrived hand in hand with her partner Andy Parsons

Celebrity pals: EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton held the order of service and tissues as the left the church

Celebrity pals: EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton held the order of service and tissues as the left the church

Tom Parker’s favourite songs soundtrack his funeral 

Tom Parker’s funeral service featured a number of emotional renditions including Amazing Grace and You Raise Me Up.

His coffin was carried into the church by his The Wanted bandmates to the sound of Oasis hit Chamoagne Supernova. 

The service began with a violinist-accompanied version of You Raise Me Up sung by Ollie Marland.

Parker and Marland released music as part of dance duo Lost + Found.

Handbags And Gladrags, also accompanied by a violinist, was sung by RuthAnne Cunningham.

She also sung a rendition of Amazing Grace.

The coffin was carried out of the church to The Wanted’s hit song Gold Forever before Kelsey placed a single white rose inside the hearse. 

Fans dressed in black gathered along the high street and fell silent as his coffin was placed into the horse-drawn carriage.

Many people were crying as the black coffin, with a spray of lilies on top, was taken from W Uden & Sons funeral parlour to the church.

A photograph of Parker in a white rose-adorned frame was placed inside the carriage, alongside multi-coloured flowers shaped to read the word ‘daddy’, with photographs of handprints from his children, Bodhi and Aurelia.

Hundreds of fans cheered and clapped as the family, led by Parker’s widow Kelsey, walked behind the carriage to the church. 

Parker died last month at the age of 33, surrounded by his family and bandmates, 17 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Family and close friends of the star gathered in The Sovereign Of The Seas pub opposite the funeral parlour before the procession began.

Outside St Francis of Assisi church, flowers spelled out the words ‘Glad You Came’, the title of The Wanted’s 2011 hit that went to number one in multiple countries.

Fans arrived wearing personalised t-shirts with the words: ‘This man was a legend a legend of his time’. 

Kevin George and Susan Potter, from Orpington, whose eldest son Daniel died in 2018 aged 22 from an astrocytoma Grade 3 brain tumour, were among those waiting outside the church ahead of the funeral of The Wanted star Tom Parker.

Asked whether Parker’s campaigning for brain tumour research in his final months had affected her, Ms Potter, who was carrying a framed picture of her son, said: ‘Of course it did, especially the BBC One interview that they did and the way he dealt with it. It was exactly how my son dealt with it – exactly.

‘In fact, at his funeral we played Bon Jovi, It’s My Life, because that kind of (message) – it’s my life, I am going to live it now, I am going to live it today.’ 

Heading to church: Fans, some of whom brought their children, were seen standing outside the church where screens were erected

Heading to church: Fans, some of whom brought their children, were seen standing outside the church where screens were erected

Comfort: Kelsey was comforted by her parents during the emotional service

Comfort: Kelsey was comforted by her parents during the emotional service

Memories: Fans laughed as anecdotes were shared by Tom's loved ones inside

Memories: Fans laughed as anecdotes were shared by Tom’s loved ones inside

For the fans: Kelsey had told fans she wanted them to attend the service for her husband

For the fans: Kelsey had told fans she wanted them to attend the service for her husband

Tears: Earlier, the pop singer's widow, Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, earlier watched the funeral procession with her parents and Tom's mum and dad (right)

Tears: Earlier, the pop singer’s widow, Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, earlier watched the funeral procession with her parents and Tom’s mum and dad (right)

Loss: Earlier, the pop singer's widow, Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, broke down as she led a cortege featuring three black horses through Petts Wood, walking arm in arm with her parents

Loss: Earlier, the pop singer’s widow, Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, broke down as she led a cortege featuring three black horses through Petts Wood, walking arm in arm with her parents

Support: Kelsey, wearing sunglasses, was held up by family members as they watched the procession pass

Support: Kelsey, wearing sunglasses, was held up by family members as they watched the procession pass 

Family: Tom's parents Noreen and Nigel Parker were seen holding hands as they stood alongside Kelsey and her mum and dad

Family: Tom’s parents Noreen and Nigel Parker were seen holding hands as they stood alongside Kelsey and her mum and dad

Support: Kelsey wore a glittery tuxedo jacket while other family members matched in their own colourful shirts and accessories

Support: Kelsey wore a glittery tuxedo jacket while other family members matched in their own colourful shirts and accessories 

Loved ones: Kelsey led the mourners, walking behind the coffin which was carried in the horse and carriage. She wore a black jumpsuit under her sparkly tuxedo jacket

Loved ones: Kelsey led the mourners, walking behind the coffin which was carried in the horse and carriage. She wore a black jumpsuit under her sparkly tuxedo jacket 

Hit makers: Throughout his adult years Tom was instantly recognisable to many teenager and young people thanks to the success of his band

Hit makers: Throughout his adult years Tom was instantly recognisable to many teenager and young people thanks to the success of his band 

Friends and bandmates: Tom performed with his band for the final time just two weeks before he died

Friends and bandmates: Tom performed with his band for the final time just two weeks before he died

Band: The Wanted stars were pictured walking to the church, dressed in black suits and ties

Band: The Wanted stars were pictured walking to the church, dressed in black suits and ties

By his side: The band were with Tom when he passed away on March 30.  It was previously revealed that in his final moments, Tom asked to listen to the Oasis song 'Live Forever' along with his friends, family and fellow bandmates as he passed on

By his side: The band were with Tom when he passed away on March 30.  It was previously revealed that in his final moments, Tom asked to listen to the Oasis song ‘Live Forever’ along with his friends, family and fellow bandmates as he passed on

The band were seen talking to the funeral director before they took over as pallbearers

The band were seen talking to the funeral director before they took over as pallbearers 

Bandmates: Max arrived hand in hand with his girlfriend Stacey Giggs as he joined bandmate Siva

Bandmates: Max arrived hand in hand with his girlfriend Stacey Giggs as he joined bandmate Siva

Mr George added: ‘It’s good. It is raising the profile as well. He has raised a lot of money for research, which is what it needs.

‘A lot of other cancers have almost been eradicated. They need to have more research into brain tumours.’ 

Super-fan Stefanie Marek, 29, had flown from Austria on Tuesday to witness the funeral procession. The IT trainee said fellow fans waiting along the procession route had shared special memories they had of Parker and The Wanted over the years. 

‘I have come all the way from Austria, I came in from London Gatwick yesterday because I saw the announcement Kelsey made and I saw (Tom) in Nottingham not too long ago and I can’t believe he is gone, so I thought I might as well come out here and pay respects to him and give my condolences.  

Boybanders: Liam Payne stood close by to The Wanted star Jay McGuinness after the service

Boybanders: Liam Payne stood close by to The Wanted star Jay McGuinness after the service 

Fellow boybander: Liam was close to Tom after their bands both hit the charts during the noughties

Fellow boybander: Liam was close to Tom after their bands both hit the charts during the noughties 

Tears: Jay broke down as he bid a final farewell to his much loved bandmate

Tears: Jay broke down as he bid a final farewell to his much loved bandmate 

Fan following: Hundreds of Tom's fans gathered outside the church where they watched the service broadcast on three screens

Fan following: Hundreds of Tom’s fans gathered outside the church where they watched the service broadcast on three screens

Paying their respects: Fans watched as Tom's coffin was carefully carried onto the hearse following the church service

Paying their respects: Fans watched as Tom’s coffin was carefully carried onto the hearse following the church service

Mourners: The friends and family invited to the service dressed in black, while Kelsey and his close family members added sparkly accessories

Mourners: The friends and family invited to the service dressed in black, while Kelsey and his close family members added sparkly accessories 

Laughter and tears: Nathan was seen smiling as the band shared memories with Tom's family and friends

Laughter and tears: Nathan was seen smiling as the band shared memories with Tom’s family and friends

Lean on me: Max was supported by his girlfriend Stacey Giggs, who he recently reunited with, while Nathan held hands with his partner Charlotte Burke

Lean on me: Max was supported by his girlfriend Stacey Giggs, who he recently reunited with, while Nathan held hands with his partner Charlotte Burke

Tribute: Max had earlier had the mourners laughing as he shared memories of his friend and bandmate of 12 years Tom

Tribute: Max had earlier had the mourners laughing as he shared memories of his friend and bandmate of 12 years Tom

Tough day: Max shared an embrace with a fellow mourner as the crowd gathered outside the church after the service

Tough day: Max shared an embrace with a fellow mourner as the crowd gathered outside the church after the service 

‘They all grew really dear to me and now that Tom’s gone physically it really hit hard because you didn’t expect it to happen so soon, especially at 33 years of age.’ 

Laura Chalk, 24, from Essex said outside Tom Parker’s funeral: ‘I still don’t believe that Tom is gone; he has such a special place in my heart. Being here is helping me let go a bit, I think it is nice for Kelsey and his kids to see such a crowd of his fans and show how much he meant to the world.   

‘I am a big fan. Honestly it is a real privilege to be here. It is special because I feel like a funeral should be private, immediate family and friends, but I feel The Wanted fans are a family and always have been and I know Tom really loved every single one of his.’

Lining the streets: The Wanted joined hundreds of fans to pay their respects as the hearse travelled through Pett's Wood in South East London

Lining the streets: The Wanted joined hundreds of fans to pay their respects as the hearse travelled through Pett’s Wood in South East London

Laid to rest: Fans gathered in their hundreds and fell silent as the coffin was slowly carried past

Laid to rest: Fans gathered in their hundreds and fell silent as the coffin was slowly carried past 

Local: Tom's family home was in South East London with his local community turning out for the funeral

Local: Tom’s family home was in South East London with his local community turning out for the funeral

With the fans: Max was pictured standing among fans and friends of the star on the funeral route

With the fans: Max was pictured standing among fans and friends of the star on the funeral route 

Support: Max fought back tears  as he left the service accompanied by girlfriend Stacey

Support: Max fought back tears  as he left the service accompanied by girlfriend Stacey

Laid to rest: Four horses led the funeral procession on the sunny day in Londo

Laid to rest: Four horses led the funeral procession on the sunny day in Londo

Kelsey previously said it would be ‘beautiful’ to see his devotees ‘line the route’ to the venue where his friends and family will pay tribute. 

Kelsey also politely requested that people donate to her GoFundMe account instead of sending gifts and flowers, as she explained the proceeds would be going to causes in Tom’s name.

She wrote on Instagram: ‘I am Kelsey Parker, very proud wife of Tom Parker, probably best known for being one fifth of UK boyband The Wanted, but to those who knew him he was my husband, a Daddy, son, brother and friend.

‘As many of you know, Tom was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2020 and on Wednesday 30th March 2022 he passed away peacefully with all of his closest friends and family by his side.

‘He was my childhood’: The Wanted fans share their memories of Tom Parker as they arrive at his funeral

Kevin George and Susan Potter, from Orpington, whose eldest son Daniel died in 2018 aged 22 from an astrocytoma Grade 3 brain tumour, were among those waiting outside the church ahead of the funeral of The Wanted star Tom Parker.

Asked whether Parker’s campaigning for brain tumour research in his final months had affected her, Ms Potter, who was carrying a framed picture of her son, said: ‘Of course it did, especially the BBC One interview that they did and the way he dealt with it. It was exactly how my son dealt with it – exactly.

‘In fact, at his funeral we played Bon Jovi, It’s My Life, because that kind of (message) – it’s my life, I am going to live it now, I am going to live it today.’

Mr George added: ‘It’s good. It is raising the profile as well. He has raised a lot of money for research, which is what it needs. A lot of other cancers have almost been eradicated. They need to have more research into brain tumours.’ 

Ahead of the cortege for Tom Parker, receptionist Chloe Mayne, 25 from Plumstead and a self-professed ‘super-fan’ of the late singer, told the PA news agency: ‘It was amazing seeing him (perform live).

‘It’s horrible that I saw him at the O2 and then two weeks later he died. The day he died it really hit me. To be fair I don’t think anyone was expecting it that quickly, I thought he’d have at least another Christmas and maybe next year.

‘He was sitting in a chair but it was amazing, it looked like he was having the time of his life.’

Ms Mayne said she was 15 when she became a fan of The Wanted and had attended around 25 of the boy band’s concerts, adding: ‘He was my childhood really.’

Laura Chalk, 24, from Essex said outside Tom Parker’s funeral: ‘I still don’t believe that Tom is gone; he has such a special place in my heart. Being here is helping me let go a bit, I think it is nice for Kelsey and his kids to see such a crowd of his fans and show how much he meant to the world.  

‘I am a big fan. Honestly it is a real privilege to be here. It is special because I feel like a funeral should be private, immediate family and friends, but I feel The Wanted fans are a family and always have been and I know Tom really loved every single one of his.’

Susie Mayaka, 40, came down from Lincoln yesterday, staying overnight in London, to join the service this morning.

She said: ‘Tom’s death is just tragic. He was so talented and he was so loved by so many people. I loved The Wanted so much – I’ve followed them since the start so it means a lot to me to come here today.’

Aarti Gledhill, 54, from nearby Orpington said she felt compelled to come to pay her respects to Tom as he was so local. She said: ‘He was so young to lose his life. And he had two children – it’s utterly devastating.

‘I just thought I’ve got to come because it’s so tragic to die at 33 – it seems so unfair.’

Two fans, who had travelled hours to pay their respects to the late The Wanted singer, said it was down to the band that they became friends a decade ago.

Katie Thurston, 25, from Bristol, said: ‘We met 10 years ago at one of their gigs and we’ve done every gig together since then. ‘Today feels a bit like closure in a way. It’s weird because we don’t know him but we feel like we do.

‘It’s sad because you feel like these people are going to live forever – you put them in a little bubble. We were devastated when we heard the news.’

Katie and her friend Tilly Gilfedder, 24, said they saw The Wanted live for the last time just six days before Tom passed away. The pair had attended six dates on the band’s reunion tour. Katie added: ‘It was a shock even though deep down we all knew it was coming. I think we thought he might have a little bit longer. Although it was expected it was still very upsetting.’

Tilly, who had travelled all the way from Leicester to join the service today, added: ‘We’ve been fans of The Wanted since day one. ‘We’ve been here since the beginning and we’re here till the end.’

She explained that it’s her birthday today but she felt compelled to pay her respects to Tom instead of celebrating. She added: ‘Tom meant so much to us. ‘Our memories of him will last a lifetime. We wouldn’t miss it for the world.’

Paying their respects: Kelsey had invited mourners to gather outside the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood for the 10:45am service, where screens broadcasted the service

Paying their respects: Kelsey had invited mourners to gather outside the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood for the 10:45am service, where screens broadcasted the service 

Loyal following: Fans dressed in black broke down in tears as they waited for the service to begin on Wednesday

Loyal following: Fans dressed in black broke down in tears as they waited for the service to begin on Wednesday

Tributes: Outside St Francis of Assisi church, flowers spelled out the words 'Glad You Came', the title of The Wanted's 2011 hit that went to number one in multiple countries

Tributes: Outside St Francis of Assisi church, flowers spelled out the words ‘Glad You Came’, the title of The Wanted’s 2011 hit that went to number one in multiple countries

T-shirt tributes: Fans arrived wearing personalised t-shirts with the words: 'This man was a legend a legend of his time'

T-shirt tributes: Fans arrived wearing personalised t-shirts with the words: ‘This man was a legend a legend of his time’

Fans: Kelsey previously said it would be 'beautiful' to see his devotees 'line the route' to the venue where his friends and family will pay tribute

Fans: Kelsey previously said it would be ‘beautiful’ to see his devotees ‘line the route’ to the venue where his friends and family will pay tribute

Hit music: Floral tributes covered the pavement outside the church where fans gathered

Hit music: Floral tributes covered the pavement outside the church where fans gathered 

Floral tribute: A large red rose heart with Tom's name was placed on top of hearse for the procession

Floral tribute: A large red rose heart with Tom’s name was placed on top of hearse for the procession

‘Our hearts are truly broken, Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without him, but one of the biggest sources of comfort over the last 2 years has been the outpouring of love and support we’ve all received.

‘We can’t thank everyone enough for holding Tom, myself and the children in your thoughts and prayers, for lighting candles and sharing beautiful messages of hope and condolence.’

Kelsey explained how she she desires to turn the grief into something ‘positive’ and ‘keep Tom’s memory alive forever.’

‘We want to take everyone’s incredible love, support and generosity and turn our grief into something positive and to keep Tom’s memory alive forever. We politely request that instead of gifts and flowers, donations are made to this GoFundMe account with all proceeds eventually going to amazing causes in Tom’s name, to help others in need.

Tears: Fans broke down as they watched the coffin passed, breaking out into applause before falling silent

Tears: Fans broke down as they watched the coffin passed, breaking out into applause before falling silent

Loyal: Fans had travelled from across the world to be in London for their idol's funeral

Loyal: Fans had travelled from across the world to be in London for their idol's funeral

Loyal: Fans had travelled from across the world to be in London for their idol’s funeral 

Loss: The Wanted's loyal following shared hugs and memories of the star before the service began

Loss: The Wanted’s loyal following shared hugs and memories of the star before the service began

‘We simply couldn’t have got through the last 2 years without the help and support we have received and if we can offer it back to others that would be the best way to honour Tom and make our two children, Aurelia and Bodhi proud,’ Kelsey said.

She signed off: ‘From the bottom of our hearts, a huge thank you. If love alone could have saved Tom, he would have lived forever…’.

To date, the fundraiser has surpassed the goal by £30,000, with donations amounting to an incredible £58,000 on the day of the funeral .

Tom ensured his young family were provided for by buying a ‘forever home’ touring and writing a memoir just months before his death from brain cancer aged 33.

Support: The funeral is taking place at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood at 10:45am, where screens will broadcast the service

Support: The funeral is taking place at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood at 10:45am, where screens will broadcast the service

While bravely sharing every stage of his cancer journey, the singer detailed how it was his number one priority to provide security to wife Kelsey and their two children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one, in the years to come – as he faced an uncertain future.

Speaking on Channel 4 documentary Inside My Head which aired in November, the musician revealed his new home, saying: ‘This is gonna be our forever home.

‘It’s important for me that obviously the kids and Kels have got somewhere nice to grow up.

‘I don’t know what’s going to happen with my health over the next few years, so as long as they’re alright and they’re all good here, that’s all that matters.’

Open: Kelsey took to Instagram on Saturday evening with a candid photo of her and her late husband, accompanied by a heartfelt message to their ever-loyal fanbase

Open: Kelsey took to Instagram on Saturday evening with a candid photo of her and her late husband, accompanied by a heartfelt message to their ever-loyal fanbase 

‘We’re all going to grow old together here, fingers crossed.’

He added: ‘Been through tough times to be honest and I’m preparing to buy a place like this, who would have thought? I’m proud of myself.’ 

In September 2021, 11 months on from the diagnosis, Tom sang at the Stand Up 2 Cancer show at the Royal Albert Hall and even embarked on a Greatest Hits tour with his bandmates when the tumour was confirmed as ‘stable’ in November.

But a close family friend revealed that Tom’s condition deteriorated rapidly once the tour came to an end earlier this year.

‘Tom loved touring – he was an absolute rockstar and determined to join the boys on stage. He was enjoying playing two songs a night and was doing well performing but it really took it out of him,’ the source told The Sun.

Brave: Kelsey explained how she she desires to turn the grief into something 'positive' and 'keep Tom's memory alive forever'

Brave: Kelsey explained how she she desires to turn the grief into something ‘positive’ and ‘keep Tom’s memory alive forever’

WHAT IS A GLIOBLASTOMA AND JUST HOW DEADLY IS IT? 

Glioblastoma is considered the most aggressive tumor that can form in the brain. 

Patients have a 10 percent chance of surviving five years after their diagnosis, according to figures. 

The average lifespan is between 14 and 16 months.

Three adults per every 100,000 will be struck down with a glioblastoma, says The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

It is most commonly found in men aged 50 to 60, and there is no link between developing glioblastoma and having a previous history with other cancers.

WHAT IS THE TUMOR MADE OF? 

The tumor is made up of a mass of cells growing quickly in the brain, and in most cases patients have no family history of the disease.

It won’t spread to other organs, however, once it is diagnosed, it is nearly impossible to target, surgeons claim.

WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE? 

Because the tumor likely already spread deep into the brain by the time it is diagnosed, the cancerous tissue is incredibly difficult to remove. 

Surgeon will only ever remove the tumor, or part of the tumor, if it won’t do any damage to the surrounding brain tissue.

Dr Babcar Cisse, a neurosurgeon at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, told Daily Mail Online in July 2017: ‘By the time a glioblastoma is diagnosed, microfibers can spread to the rest of the brain which an MRI would not spot.

‘So even if the main tumor is removed and the patient receives radiation and chemotherapy, it will come back.’ 

GRADING A GLIOBLASTOMA

Brain tumors are graded from between one to four, depending on how fast they grow and how aggressive they are.

Malignant tumors are either given a high-grade three or four, while benign ones are given a lower grade one or two. 

SYMPTOMS

Patients typically complain of symptoms such as confused vision, trouble with memory, dizziness and headaches.

The symptoms are somewhat nonspecific, and vary from person to person, and may not persist. 

The disease is therefore impossible to diagnose based on symptoms alone.

‘We all noticed how quickly Tom deteriorated during the tour but he had no regrets – he really wanted to do it.’ 

A close family friend told The Sun that in his final moments, Tom asked to listen to the Oasis song ‘Live Forever’ along with his friends, family and fellow bandmates as he passed on.

The singer’s death came just one week after he revealed he was in the process of writing a tell-all memoir amid his battle with brain cancer.

In an Instagram post he said that the book, called Hope, isn’t going to be about ‘dying’ but about ‘living’ and ‘finding hope’ no matter what situation you are in.  

Throughout his adult years Tom was instantly recognisable to many teenager and young people thanks to the success of his band.

The Wanted released their first album in October 2010, which reached number four in the UK Albums Chart and created three UK top 20 singles.

Their later singles released in 2012 helped the band find success across the pond in the United States and Canada, with their hit Glad You Came becoming the highest American chart entry by a British boy band at that time.

A few years later in 2014 after the band announced a hiatus, Tom turned his attention to television, reaching the semi finals of Celebrity Masterchef in 2015 before coming in third in skiing show The Jump in 2016.

One year later, the singer went back to the stage and was cast as male lead Danny Zuko in the UK tour of Grease in 2017, which led him to postpone his wedding to Kelsey Hardwick.

The pair had planned to tie the knot in 2017 after getting engaged the year before.

Despite his successful career Tom was not met with beginner’s luck when entering the music industry – he was first rejected by X Factor judges during the first round of auditions.

Tom told The Metro in 2011 that he received all nos from the judges before he had reached the chorus of his song choice (Flying Without Wings by Westlife) which left him ‘shattered’.

Following his failed attempt to make it to X Factor, Tom assumed the persona of Mark Owen in tribute band Take That II which saw him ‘singing to 50-year-old men smoking in the corner of working mens clubs’.

His audition for The Wanted took a more positive turn despite, according to Tom, turning up to the audition looking ‘chavvy.’

Tom said to Metro: ‘I turned up wearing a tracksuit with my hood up, so I looked a bit chavvy, but played Handbags and Gladrags’ on the guitar. Maybe our manager Jane saw something in me no-one else did at the time.’

Tom and Kelsey have had two children: daughter Aurelia born in 2019 and son Bodhi, who was born after Tom’s cancer diagnosis in 2020.

The singer said: ‘The kids are the one thing to get me up in the morning, they bring that positivity out of me.’ 

Loss: Tom ensured his young family were provided for by buying a 'forever home' touring and writing a memoir just months before his death from brain cancer aged 33 (pictured with wife Kelsey and children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one)

Loss: Tom ensured his young family were provided for by buying a ‘forever home’ touring and writing a memoir just months before his death from brain cancer aged 33 (pictured with wife Kelsey and children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one)

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