AceShowbiz - Tom Parker was grateful for Ed Sheeran. In his upcoming memoir, the late singer, who rose to fame as a member of boy band The Wanted and passed away on March 30, unveiled the "Perfect" hitmaker's generous financial aid given during his battle with cancer.
In an excerpt from his memoir titled "Hope", the "Chasing the Sun" singer first shared that the "Photograph" hitmaker held a very special place in his heart. "Ed and I have known each other since he joined The Wanted on our tour bus during a promotion trip in America more than ten years ago," he wrote, "We've always run into each other over the years and had a great relationship."
Tom went on to reveal that Ed helped out with his medical bills during his fight against cancer. "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 stated, "He even helped out with my medical bills when I was seeking other treatment options and having private immunotherapy."
Elsewhere in the book, Tom also mentioned that Ed was more than willing to help ever since he found out about his disease. "Pretty much from the moment I was diagnosed, Ed Sheeran reached out to me with an offer to do anything he could to help," the "Lost In Your Love" singer added.
Upon receiving the "Shape of You" hitmaker's financial aid, the late singer expressed feeling immense gratitude for the former. "He didn't need to do any of that, but my wife Kelsey and I are so grateful to him for his support," he wrote, "It meant the world."
In the memoir, Tom also divulged his feelings after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. "It was in October 2020, at the age of 32, that I received the devastating news I had an inoperable brain tumour," he explained, "Overnight, my entire world turned upside down and I was forced to re-evaluate the value of life itself."
Elaborating more, the 33-year-old late singer added that he was horrified to learn that he had cancer. "I couldn't process the information - it was truly staggering," he further noted, "I just kept asking myself how a 32-year-old father, with a wife who was 35 weeks pregnant, could receive such world-shattering news. I was absolutely petrified - I couldn't stop thinking about death."
However, Tom was grateful to have his wife Kelsey by his side throughout his ordeal. He pointed out, "Without Kelsey, I genuinely don't think I would have made it through. Not only as my wife, but as a caregiver. She's been incredible."
Tom then went on to talk about what he learned from having a brain tumor. "Having brain cancer has taught me a lot about life, to value every moment," he penned in the memoir, "It brought my family and friends closer. It reminded me that there is always hope."
Tom passed away at the age of 33 after being diagnosed with stage four of glioblastoma in October 2020. Kelsey confirmed his death on her Instagram account by sharing a picture of him. Accompanying the photo was a caption that read, "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side."
"Our hearts are broken, Tom was the centre of our world and we can't imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence. We are truly thankful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all unite to ensure Tom's light continues to shine for his beautiful children," she added. "Thank you to everyone who has supported in his care throughout, he fought until the very end. I'm forever proud of you."