Tom Parker's widow Kelsey says their daughter 'doesn't understand' her dad's death

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Watch: Kelsey Parker talks to Lorraine about her late husband Tom

Tom Parker's widow Kelsey has opened up about how she is coping following The Wanted singer's recent death in March from brain cancer.

Kelsey Parker appeared on Lorraine to talk to the eponymous host about the late musician's recent bestselling memoir Hope: My Inspirational Life.

She detailed how she has to have "blunt" conversations with their eldest daughter, who is two, about Parker's death.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 04:  Tom Parker and Kelsey Hardwick attend The London Cabaret Club launch party at The Bloomsbury Ballroom on May 4, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for The London Cabaret Club )
Tom Parker and Kelsey Hardwick attend The London Cabaret Club. (Getty Images for The London Cabaret Club )

Kelsey said: "I’ve been really honest but she does still talk about him every day and she doesn’t quite understand that he’s not coming back. I have to be really blunt to say, 'he’s not coming back, that’s it, he’s dead and he’s not coming back'."

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She continued: "She doesn’t really understand. Obviously, where the book’s out and she’s seen him in store, she’s a bit like, 'well he’s been on tour so is he gonna come back from this?'"

ORPINGTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Wife of Tom Parker, Kelsey Parker (C-L), follows a horse-drawn hearse during a procession through Orpington before a funeral service at St Francis of Assisi church on April 20, 2022 in Orpington, England. British singer Tom Parker, a member of popular boy band The Wanted, died at the age of 33 after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Wife of Tom Parker, Kelsey Parker follows a horse-drawn hearse. (Getty Images)

Parker's widow added: "She does ask me every day about him and obviously we have little things around the house of Tom’s."

She also detailed how she tries to stay positive for the sake of their children who are both under two: "They wake up happy, they wake up in a good mood so then I can’t be sad. And he wouldn’t us to be sad and mourning. Don’t get me wrong, I get my bad days, of course, I do. At night it is lonely, I am lonely, but this is my life, I have to get on with it."

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes members of The Wanted attend the
Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes members of The Wanted. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Parker was initially diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in October 2020 and was given just months to live.

He would later die on 30 March 2022 shortly after The Wanted had completed their reunion tour. Parker would take part in the tour, often performing from his wheelchair.

Following his death, the band released 'Gold Forever (For Tom)' in tribute with all proceeds to go to The Brain Tumour Charity.

Watch below: The Wanted star Max George says he still texts late best friend Tom Parker

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