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Tom Parker's widow Kelsey reveals she gifted Ed Sheeran crystals for his help with medical bills


Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey has lauded Ed Sheeran for the support he gave to their family during The Wanted singer’s battle with brain cancer.

On Tuesday’s Lorraine, the actress, 32, expressed her gratitude for the Bad Habits hitmaker helping pay for some of the medical bills and revealed she gifted him crystals at Sunday’s Summertime Ball. 

Boy band member Tom  died aged 33 on March 30 following a battle with brain cancer after he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020. 

'What he did for us gave me more time with Tom': Kelsey Parker revealed she gifted Ed Sheeran crystals for his help with medical bills... after The Wanted singer's death from brain cancer aged 33

‘What he did for us gave me more time with Tom’: Kelsey Parker revealed she gifted Ed Sheeran crystals for his help with medical bills… after The Wanted singer’s death from brain cancer aged 33

‘Ed was just amazing, just an unbelievable person,’ Kelsey told Lorraine on her ITV show, ‘he was at the Summertime Ball at the weekend and I actually got him a gift and I got him some crystals, because I’m like, what do you get someone who’s got everything?’

She added: ‘What he did for us, for our family, gave me more time with Tom.’ 

Kelsey continued: ‘[He’s an] unbelievable person, he didn’t need to do that, and he didn’t even ask for anything from it – it was like, “I’m giving you this, please.”‘ 

Grateful: 'Ed was just amazing, just an unbelievable person,' the actress, 32, told Lorraine on her ITV show on Tuesday (Ed pictured this month)

Grateful: ‘Ed was just amazing, just an unbelievable person,’ the actress, 32, told Lorraine on her ITV show on Tuesday (Ed pictured this month)

In Tom’s bestselling memoir titled Hope: My Inspirational Life, he wrote: ‘I’ve never publicly said this before (and he’ll probably be mad that I’m doing it now) but Ed is a very special man — he even helped out with my medical bills when I was seeking other treatment options and having private immunotherapy.

‘He didn’t need to do any of that, but my wife Kelsey and I are so grateful to him for his support, it meant the world.’ 

Tom had been friends with Ed since he joined The Wanted on the band’s tour bus more than 10 years ago and said they had a ‘great relationship’ ever since. 

Inspirational: Tom had been friends with Ed since he joined The Wanted on the band's tour bus more than 10 years ago and said they had a 'great relationship' ever since (Tom and Ed pictured with Andy Brown, right, in June 2013)

Inspirational: Tom had been friends with Ed since he joined The Wanted on the band’s tour bus more than 10 years ago and said they had a ‘great relationship’ ever since (Tom and Ed pictured with Andy Brown, right, in June 2013)

Elsewhere in the interview, Kelsey heartbreakingly revealed her daughter Aurelia is ‘very confused’ by her father’s death and believes he is on tour.

She admitted the two-year-old ‘doesn’t quite get that he’s not coming back’, even after being ‘really blunt’ and telling her ‘he’s dead’, during an appearance on Tuesday’s Lorraine.

Kelsey said: ‘Whenever she sees pictures of her dad, she’s like, “It’s my dad!” She’ll be three at the end of this month. 

Tragic: Elsewhere in the interview, Kelsey heartbreakingly revealed her daughter Aurelia is 'very confused' by her father's death and believes he is on tour

Tragic: Elsewhere in the interview, Kelsey heartbreakingly revealed her daughter Aurelia is ‘very confused’ by her father’s death and believes he is on tour

‘I’ve been really honest, she does still talk about him every day, she doesn’t quite understand he’s not coming back.

‘So I’ve had to be really blunt and say he’s not coming back, that’s it, he’s dead and he’s not coming back because she doesn’t really understand.

‘She’s just really confused by it. She thinks he’s on tour. But we do then talk about him every day. She does ask me every day about him.

Tragic: The Wanted star Tom died aged 33 on March 30 following a battle with brain cancer after he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2021

Tragic: The Wanted star Tom died aged 33 on March 30 following a battle with brain cancer after he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2021

‘He wouldn’t want us to be sad. It’s lonely at night, but I have to live my life. We have been through so much together. The love I had for him was like no other.

‘I find it hard that I can’t text or call him to tell him things. I have lost the love of my life.’

The Glad You Came hitmaker posthumously released his memoir, Hope: My Inspirational Life, in May, reaching number one in the Sunday Times best seller list.

Kelsey said: ‘The book has had two weeks at number one. He wanted to make sure it was a bestseller and it is. He lived life really quick.

Opening up: Kelsey admitted the two-year-old 'doesn't quite get that he's not coming back', even after telling her 'he's dead', during an appearance on Tuesday's Lorraine

Opening up: Kelsey admitted the two-year-old ‘doesn’t quite get that he’s not coming back’, even after telling her ‘he’s dead’, during an appearance on Tuesday’s Lorraine

Strong: On the support from the public following Tom's passing, she said: 'Everyone has a story about him and they loved him'

Strong: On the support from the public following Tom’s passing, she said: ‘Everyone has a story about him and they loved him’

‘We lived in hope that is how we got through each day. How do you live life with that diagnosis? But we tried our best to find the light.’ 

On the support from the public following Tom’s passing, she said: ‘Everyone has a story about him and they loved him.

‘I couldn’t even read all the messages that I got. I was so lucky to have him as a husband.’

Proud Kelsey took to Instagram on Sunday and said she would give anything to celebrate with beau just ‘one last time’. 

Soulmates: Proud Kelsey took to Instagram on Sunday and said she would give anything to celebrate with beau just 'one last time'

Soulmates: Proud Kelsey took to Instagram on Sunday and said she would give anything to celebrate with beau just ‘one last time’

She penned: ‘My husband… a Sunday Times no 1 best selling author. Beyond proud of my love. What I’d give to celebrate with you one more time.

‘You would have loved the 4 day weekend and excuse to celebrate this weekend. I miss you every second of every day, positive Parkers Forever’.

Kelsey shared a sweet clip of the book surrounded by snaps of the late star and his family and friends, before taking to her Instagram Stories to show the title at the top of the chart in The Sunday Times newspaper. 

Wow! It comes after Kelsey revealed her late husband's posthumously released memoir Hope has reached number one in the Sunday Times best seller list.

Wow! It comes after Kelsey revealed her late husband’s posthumously released memoir Hope has reached number one in the Sunday Times best seller list.

When discussing news of the book back in early March, Tom said the story wouldn’t be about ‘dying’ but about ‘living’ and ‘finding hope’ no matter what situation you are in.

Friends and fans were quick to share their pride at the news with Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha writing: ‘Awww  so happy for you all…. sending the hugest hug’.

While Martine McCutcheon added: ‘Yay it [sic] did it xxxx’.

Number one! Kelsey shared a sweet clip of the book surrounded by snaps of the late star and his family and friends, before taking to her Instagram stories to show the title at the top

Number one! Kelsey shared a sweet clip of the book surrounded by snaps of the late star and his family and friends, before taking to her Instagram stories to show the title at the top

And TOWIE star Lydia Bright was lost for words, simply added love heart emojis.  

Tom’s toddler daughter Aurelia kissed his photo on the books cover in a heart-breaking video shared by Kelsey on Wednesday.

The emotional video saw Kelsey, Aurelia and younger brother Bodhi visit a bookshop to see Tom’s book on the shelves. 

Forever loved: Tom's toddler daughter Aurelia kissed her late father's photo on his book cover in a heartbreaking video shared by the late star's wife Kelsey on Wednesday

Forever loved: Tom’s toddler daughter Aurelia kissed her late father’s photo on his book cover in a heartbreaking video shared by the late star’s wife Kelsey on Wednesday

In the heart-wrenching video, Kelsey walks up to the bookshop holding hands with her two children and points out Tom’s memoir, which sits on a shelf at the store’s entrance

She then takes her children over the counter to buy copies of the book, and Aurelia is seen holding the book in both hands in the emotional video.

Alongside the poignant clip, Kelsey penned: ‘A special moment… very proud to take our babies to see Tom’s book in store. Rae’s face when she saw his.  

‘Tom so desperately wanted this to be a bestseller and I’m keeping everything crossed that becomes a reality this weekend. 

‘Thank you so much for all your support and lovely comments. Every single purchase means the world to us.’   

Tom’s memoir Hope chronicles his life from an aspiring singer in Bolton to the final months of his cancer battle.

Family:  The Wanted star Tom died age 33 on March 30 following a battle with brain cancer after he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020

Family:  The Wanted star Tom died age 33 on March 30 following a battle with brain cancer after he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020

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