The Wanted's heartbroken Tom Parker says Sarah Harding's death was 'so sad'

THE Wanted’s Tom Parker has revealed his heartbreak over fellow popstar Sarah Harding’s own battle with cancer.

Girls Aloud singer Sarah died last month aged 39 just over a year after she was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer.

Tom, 33, and Sarah knew each other having moved in similar circles in the music industry, while also competing on Channel 4’s winter sports show The Jump together.

He said: “When the situation with Sarah came around, I was like, ‘Jeez’. To be honest, I just couldn’t believe it.

“I thought my situation, you know, was bad in itself and then just another person. I did The Jump with Sarah, it was just so sad. At least it’s got people talking about cancer.”

And earlier this year another high-profile battle with cancer ended in heartbreak as former footballer Ashley Cain’s eight-month-old daughter Azaylia passed away due to an aggressive form of leukemia.

Kelsey said: “That was just heartbreaking.”

She went on to say of Tom's battle with the deadly disease: “Not a lot of men talk about cancer.

“Tom knew that there was something wrong with him, he was really good because he kept taking himself back to hospital, saying, ‘There’s something wrong with me, someone needs to help me’.

“I actually thought he had anxiety and depression about having another baby, because, obviously, even having a baby is a big change.

“I thought it could have been that and then obviously, I was completely wrong.”

Tom recently revealed how he was left "unable to walk around the kitchen" amid his gruelling treatment for an inoperable brain tumour.

The singing sensation opened up to his fellow bandmates in upcoming Channel 4 documentary, Tom Parker: Inside My Head.

Tom, 33, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given just 18 months to live when it was discovered he had an inoperable brain tumour in 2020.

The star has since undergone six rounds of chemotherapy and 30 radiotherapy sessions – giving him higher chances of beating the disease.

But the gruelling treatment plan has left his body ravaged as he admitted he was unable to "walk around the kitchen" in his new documentary.

Sitting down with his The Wanted band mates over Zoom, Tom shared his plans to get the band to perform again after seven years off stage.

The boys could be seen bantering back and forth at a first look in the Channel 4 pilot about Tom's "bald head" and their band days together.

"I feel alright, mate – my voice is always a bit hoarse after treatment," Tom could be heard telling his friends as they discussed his chemotherapy.

"When you get told you have an incurable cancer, everything just happens so quickly," he went on. "Everyone's been really lovely.

"Loads of people have reached out. It puts things in perspective you know what I mean, like if they've fought the battle against it then I can."

Married dad-of-two Tom, revealed in October last year that he had an inoperable stage 4 glioblastoma — which doctors described as “the worst case scenario”.

He decided to make a documentary about his battle last year, and filmed as he planned and performed a charity gig with The Wanted.

Bolton-born Tom will also be seen exploring possible treatments and meeting fellow brain cancer patients in the upcoming show.

The show forms part of Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer appeal, the joint national fundraising campaign with Cancer Research UK.

All the proceeds from the star-studded Royal Albert Hall concert were split between the Stand Up To Cancer and The National Brain Appeal.

At the concert in September, Tom was seen breaking down in tears after months of hard work to get back on stage.

n an exclusive chat backstage, Tom, who was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour last year, said: “Twelve months ago I couldn’t even get out of bed. It’s been a crazy journey.

“This disease affects people of all ages, kids to adults. The support has been amazing.”

Praising his wife Kelsey Hardwick and bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Nathan Sykes and Jay McGuiness, Tom added: “It’s been a tough year.

“I want to say thanks to you boys, I love them a lot, and my wife Kelsey — I love her so much. She has been an absolute rock.”

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