Inside Tom Parker and Kelsey’s 10 year relationship as he says wife has been his ‘rock’ after brain tumour diagnosis

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Tom Parker and his wife Kelsey Hardwick, who got engaged in 2016 and were married two years later, recently announced they were set to welcome their second child.

But the couple have just been hit with a devastating blow, as The Wanted singer was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The pair are hoping to raise more awareness about his condition, known as a grade four glioblastoma, which tragically has an average life expectancy between three to 18 months following diagnosis.

Tom, 32, is now facing radiotherapy and chemotherapy to prolong his life with his wife Kelsey insisting that they are remaining positive.

She told OK! magazine in an exclusive interview that they will also be looking for alternative therapies in the hope of a miracle.

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Who is Tom Parker's wife Kelsey Hardwick?

Pregnant Kelsey, 30, is also mum to their 15 month old daughter, Aurelia, who they welcomed a year after they got married.

She is an actress who appeared in the third Harry Potter film The Prisoner of Azkaban, and is also a trained dancer after graduating from the esteemed Italia Conti performing arts school.

Kelsey is the co-founder of her own performing arts school K2K Stars, which she runs alongside her pal Kelsey Gallagher. The multi-skilled mum is also the owner of her own boutique called Kelsey Loves.


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When did Tom and Kelsey get married?

Tom and Kelsey met in a nightclub back in 2009 just before he found fame with boy band The Wanted. Despite the group’s hectic tour schedule and legion of female fans, Tom and Kelsey have remained devoted to each other.

They went on to get engaged in 2016, and got married in a beautiful ceremony covered exclusively by OK! in July 2018.

It took place at Ridge Farm in Surrey, with Tom branding it "the best day of his life" for himself and his new wife.

They opened up on their marriage after their wedding and explained that they instantly knew they were meant to be.

"It was literally love at first sight," Kelsey said. "I saw him outside a nightclub in London and I grabbed my friend and said: ‘Oh my god, I love him.’ He’s the love of my life. The boys always say we’re the boy and girl version of each other, which is why it works."

Tom added: "It was instant. I knew as soon as I saw her that I saw her as the mother of my children."

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How many children do Tom Parker and wife Kelsey have?

Tom and Kelsey had their first child, a daughter, Aurelia, in June 30 2019, announcing her birth on Instagram with an adorable snap.

The singer posed his newborn next to a love heart shaped chalkboard with her details on and captioned the image: "You should have been here tomorrow, but you just couldn’t wait to get here. // Our beautiful daughter arrived on Sunday morning at 8.30am weighing a wonderful 7lbs. // You gave Mummy & Daddy a little scare on the way in but you definitely made a big entrance."

“// I can’t wait to see you grow in to a wonderful human being. My heart is full of love. // A massive thanks to everyone at PRUH hospital for being so wonderful and caring to both mum and baby.

“// To my beautiful wife. My love for you grew stronger than ever before after watching you give birth to our daughter. I’ll always be here to love and protect you both. // Aurelia Rose Parker – 30.06.19.”

In May 2020 Tom and Kelsey announced exclusively to OK! magazine that they were expecting their second child, a baby boy, in November.

He said at the time: "I don’t know if I’m prepared for it! Aurelia has been a whirlwind and all of a sudden we’ve got another baby on the way!"

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How are Kelsey and Tom coping with his brain tumour diagnosis?

The couple spoke to OK! about the difficult news they had received and as his world came crashing down around him, it was wife Kelsey who had to step up, putting her final weeks of pregnancy to the back of her mind to focus on being there for her shell-shocked husband.

"I’m still in complete shock, it’s so much to take in," Tom said, "I knew something wasn’t right, but I never expected it to be this. You never think this will happen to you."

Kelsey said: "It has been a crazy six weeks. We had an inkling that something was wrong in July, but we never could have imagined it was this."

He added: "I think Kelsey has come to terms with it better than me. It’s so consuming. It’s so hard and it’s all I can think about."

"It still doesn’t feel real. I don’t think Tom will ever process this information. It’s horrendous. Watching your partner go through this is so hard, because how can I tell him to not let it consume him?" Kelsey said.

"I take his phone away from him, because otherwise he will sit there and Google things and then end up in a hole. The more you Google, the worse possible stuff it throws at you, and that’s not good for anyone."

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