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The Wanted's Max George is joined by girlfriend Stacey Giggs at the funeral of Tom Parker


Max George attended the funeral of his The Wanted bandmate Tom Parker alongside his girlfriend Stacey Giggs in South East London on Wednesday.

The singer, 33, was supported by Stacey, 42, who he recently got back together with after they briefly split up in March.

Tom died on Wednesday March 30 aged 33 surrounded by his loved ones and bandmates, following a two-year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma.

Couple: Max George attended the funeral of his The Wanted bandmate Tom Parker alongside his girlfriend Stacey Giggs in South East London on Wednesday

Couple: Max George attended the funeral of his The Wanted bandmate Tom Parker alongside his girlfriend Stacey Giggs in South East London on Wednesday

His wife 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. 

Max wore a black long-sleeved top along with a matching waistcoat and trousers for the service as he held hands with his partner.

Stacey, who is the ex-wife of footballer Ryan Giggs, wore a black pleated dress along with a matching leather jacket and sunglasses.

The couple confirmed they had reunited took to Instagram on Sunday after Max shared a snap of himself cuddling with his pet dog Albert and tagged Stacey.

Tragedy: Tom died on Wednesday March 30 aged 33 surrounded by his loved ones and bandmates, following a two-year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma

Tragedy: Tom died on Wednesday March 30 aged 33 surrounded by his loved ones and bandmates, following a two-year battle with stage 4 glioblastoma

Heartbreaking: The singer, 33, was supported by Stacey, 42, who he recently got back together with after they briefly split up in March

Heartbreaking: The singer, 33, was supported by Stacey, 42, who he recently got back together with after they briefly split up in March

The tag for Stacey appears to have since been removed but her daughter Liberty, 19, is still tagged. 

The couple separated, after four years of dating, just as Max joined Strictly Come Dancing’s live tour where he was paired with professional dancer Katya Jones.

The break-up shocked fans as shortly before their break-up, the pop star had referred to Stacey as ‘The One’. 

Max and Stacey joined mourners outside the church as Tom’s coffin was carried away. 

Paying respects: Max and Stacey joined mourners outside the church as Tom's coffin was carried away

Paying respects: Max and Stacey joined mourners outside the church as Tom’s coffin was carried away

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. 

Kelsey has 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.

Funeral: Tom's wife 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

Funeral: Tom’s wife 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

‘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.

‘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.’

Post: The couple confirmed they had reunited took to Instagram on Sunday after Max shared a snap of himself cuddling with his pet dog Albert and tagged Stacey

Post: The couple confirmed they had reunited took to Instagram on Sunday after Max shared a snap of himself cuddling with his pet dog Albert and tagged Stacey

Split: The couple separated, after four years of dating, just as Max joined Strictly Come Dancing's live tour where he was paired with professional dancer Katya Jones

Split: The couple separated, after four years of dating, just as Max joined Strictly Come Dancing’s live tour where he was paired with professional dancer Katya Jones

‘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.

‘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 .

Career: Max and Tom (centre) were both members of chart-topping band The Wanted (pictured with bandmates Siva Kaneswaren, Nathan Sykes and Jay McGuinness in 2021)

Career: Max and Tom (centre) were both members of chart-topping band The Wanted (pictured with bandmates Siva Kaneswaren, Nathan Sykes and Jay McGuinness in 2021)

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