It’s crazy that we don’t discuss grief, says Tom Parker’s widow

Kelsey Parker said “people cross the street so they don’t have to talk to me” after the death of her husband, Tom Parker, as she ponders how Britons deal with grief.

The Wanted star died in March at the age of 33 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Speaking to The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine, Kelsey, 32, said: “In the UK, we don’t talk about grief. We are not talking about death. It is a taboo subject.

“Even when I meet people, they don’t really want to talk to me about it. Honestly, passers-by do not have to tell me.

“It’s crazy. People don’t know what to say. It’s shocking that Tom is so young.

“I think they try to put themselves in my shoes and think, ‘I don’t know how she really copes.’

“I just want to talk to people, be normal and get on with my life, but it’s difficult for me when people don’t want to talk to me.”

Kelsey is working on a new six-part documentary series on ITVBe, Life After Tom, which she hopes will help keep the memory of her late husband alive, while also encouraging people to talk openly open about pain.

“With the show, I wanted to open up and show people that you can grieve the way I grieve,” she said.

Before Tom’s death, the couple used the camera to shoot Inside My Head – a documentary about the star’s life after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in October 2020.

For the first time, Kelsey also spoke openly about the struggle of doing things without her husband. After celebrating his birthday with the couple’s two young children earlier this year, she is now gearing up to spend her first Christmas without him by her side.

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Kelsey and Tom found love as teenagers before The Wanted became famous (Ian West/PA)

“I embrace each day as it comes, because I can’t stand the thought of Christmas,” she said.

“Last year, Aurelia invested a lot in Christmas, she really understands that. I think it was very difficult for me, because Tom enjoyed it very much last year.

“She was saying ‘Santa Claus has come, look at my presents!’

“Tom couldn’t believe it, so it was sad that he missed his kids growing up. I can’t even describe the pain.”

Kelsey has been outspoken about the idea of ​​continuing after Tom’s death, reflecting on the relationship between actor Damian Lewis and his late wife, actress Helen McCrory, who passed away from cancer breast in 2021 at age 52.

Lewis, 51, previously said that, shortly before her death, McCrory encouraged him to “find love again”.

Kelsey said of her husband: “We never really talked about anything like that because to me, he wasn’t going to die. We just stay positive all the time.

“Damian says that when Helen is diagnosed with a terminal illness, that’s when you start to grieve. I was grieving the human Tom before he was diagnosed.

“I can’t blame him because he’s amazing. I can’t even imagine being in his head, living with a brain tumor. But for the past 18 months, I haven’t had the Tom Parker that I married.

“I don’t really like to say it, but I lost a part of him. I’ve been grieving for two years with someone I’ve been with.

“It was difficult, but his life before his illness was a long time ago.” It’s crazy that we don’t discuss grief, says Tom Parker’s widow

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