Tom Parker’s wife Kelsey has shared a heartbreaking poem depicting the grief she feels following the death of her husband.
The Wanted star sadly passed away on 30 March following a long and arduous battle with an inoperable brain tumour. Despite 30 radiotherapy sessions and 30 rounds of chemotherapy, Tom lost his life at the age of 33.
Now, a week on from his funeral, Kelsey has shared an emotional poem about the pain she feels after losing the love of her life.
Posting it to her Instagram stories, it read: “Grief may feel like the dying of the soul while the body still lives, but you are alive my friend.
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“And they are not, nor do they want you to be with them just yet. They very much want you to live.”
“Do not fear the grief you feel, it’s just love thrashing around, looking for somewhere to go. So give it somewhere to go.” it added, before Kelsey shared the poem was called I Wish I Knew by Donna Ashworth.
Family and friends, including The Wanted band members, joined together for the private service in honour of Tom at Queensway, South East London, on 20 April.
Kelsey also invited fans to show their respects – a request which saw hundreds of fans dressed in black take to the streets outside the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Petts Wood before the 10:45am service.
Once the service began, the mum-of-two paid tribute to her husband with a pre-recorded message, describing him as a “true warrior”.
“To stand up in front of everyone right now would be too painful but I want to talk about the love of my life my Tom… So, where do I start?” she began.
Kelsey continued: “19 year old me met Tom outside of a nightclub, I say met – I instantly saw him and said, ‘Oh my god, I love him’. It was love at first sight, even if he didn’t know it yet.
“We went into the club, tables next to each other, and he asked for my name, which I thought was weird, but he told me, ‘I wanna add you on Facebook’. And the rest is history.
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“From that moment I told everyone – I wanted to marry Tom Parker. Tom had other ideas though because he had just joined a band called The Wanted. I didn’t really believe him, but little did we know, they’d go on to be one of the UK’s biggest boybands.”
She continued: “Tom told me he was going to be famous and wouldn’t have time for a girlfriend right now, but he didn’t leave me alone.
“We went through lots of ups and downs at the beginning as most young couples do and it all came down to Tom crying in the bathroom of another nightclub to my next-door neighbour – who Tom had no idea was my next-door neighbour.
“Tom was crying his eyes out saying that he’d lost the love of his life Kelsey, which then led to me getting a phone call from Tom out of the blue and he said, ‘I’m ready’.
“And it went from zero to 100. Life with you Tom was never boring, we spent a lot of our first years together drinking MAHIKI dry with a lot of people who are here today.”
Kelsey went on to gush over her late husband, describing their relationship as “fiery” before sharing that she will raise their two children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one, with values that were important to him.
She added: “We’ve had a lifetime together and I will carry you – my soulmate – until we meet again. Our souls are endless, I can still feel you with me now. Remember, I love you more than you can ever say, you will always be my angel Tommy boy in the sky.
“If love alone could have saved you, you would have lived forever. I love you, babe, from your babe,” she concluded.
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