Ed Sheeran helped Tom Parker pay for his cancer treatment before his death, the late Wanted singer’s autobiography has revealed.
Tom died in March aged 33 after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2020.
In an excerpt from his forthcoming autobiography published in The Sun, Tom recounted how Ed had offered to do ‘everything he could’ to help him after his diagnosis, calling him a ‘very special man’.
Writing before his death, Tom said: ‘Roughly from the time I was diagnosed, Ed Sheeran reached out to me with an offer to do whatever he could to help.
“Ed and I have known each other since he joined The Wanted on our tour bus on a promotional trip to America over a decade ago.
“We have always crossed paths over the years and had a great relationship. »
He continued: ‘I’ve never said this publicly before (and he’ll probably be angry that I do now) but Ed is a very special man – he even helped me with my medical bills when I was looking for another treatment options and have private immunotherapy.
“He didn’t need to do anything, but my wife Kelsey and I are so grateful for his support. It meant the world.
Along with Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes, Tom had numerous top 10 singles in the early 2010s as The Wanted, including Chasing The Sun, Walks Like Rihanna, Lightning and number ones All Time Low and Glad You Came.
Following Tom’s death, announced on Instagram by his wife Kelsey, the band released a statement saying they were “devastated by the tragic and untimely loss” of their “brother”.
The band reunited for a special series of gigs earlier this year, with Tom describing being back on stage as “in his happy place”.
In a later tribute, his teammate Max said, “I’m heartbroken beyond words right now and can’t even begin to imagine what the future holds without you, but whatever I do in the future, even in my darkest days, I can always smile and say, “I shared the stage with Tom Parker”.