The Wanted star Tom Parker admits tuning into The Real Full Monty On Ice last night was a ‘tough watch’ in light of his own cancer battle.
The Glad You Came singer recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and is fighting stage four glioblastoma.
Last night, stars such as Ashley Banjo, Coleen Nolan and Love Island’s Shaughna Phillips were among those taking part in this year’s The Real Full Monty, which sees celebrities strip down to raise awareness for cancer and self-checks.
It brought back memories for Tom who appeared on the programme two years ago but rings even more poignant now given his own cancer diagnosis.
After the episode aired on Tuesday, the 32-year-old told his Instagram followers: ‘Tough watch for me tonight watching #TheRealFullMontyOnIce Little did I know, two years later, I’d be sat here fighting for my own life for my family.
‘Life throws unexpected curve balls at you sometimes. It’s how we rise up and face them that’s important. Fate whispers to the warrior. “You cannot withstand the storm” and the warrior whispers back “I am the storm”.’
Diversity star Ashley was among the followers who showed support for the pop star and commented: ‘Sending you all the love and prayers in the world my friend.’
Tom’s The Wanted bandmate Max George said: ‘You’re an inspiration mate ❤️.’
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here star Victoria Derbyshire added: ‘Your words and spirit are immense.’
It comes after Tom’s wife Kelsey, who he’s been married to for 11 years, opened up about how she’s coping with his health battle.
The mother-of-two explained on Loose Women: ‘For my kids, for Tom, for my family – I think in this situation it’s just a really bad, horrible situation – but staying positive is the only way to get through this.
‘I am a super positive person and I think that’s what’s so hard. People are looking at me asking, “How does she get out of bed in the morning?” But it’s the only way to get through this.’
Breaking the heartbreaking news of his diagnosis to fans on social media in October, Tom wrote: ‘We decided, after a lot of thought, that rather than hiding away and trying to keep it a secret, we would do one interview where we could lay out all the details and let everyone know the facts in our own way.
‘We are all absolutely devastated but we are gonna fight this all the way. We don’t want your sadness, we just want love and positivity and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options. ‘It’s gonna be a tough battle but with everyone’s love and support we are going to beat this.’
The Real Full Monty is available to watch on ITV Hub.
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