Tom Parker's forthcoming memoir reveals that Ed Sheeran helped pay some of his medical bills during his courageous fight against brain cancer.
The Wanted singer was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020, when medics discovered an inoperable tumour on his brain.
He battled the disease for 17 months before passing away in March this year at age 33, leaving behind his wife Kelsey and children Aurelia and Bodhi.
Tom's memoir is due to be released later this month and is titled Hope: My inspirational life.
Writing about about his experience with cancer, Tom revealed that fellow musician Ed got in touch not long after his diagnosis to see if there was any way he could help, offering to pay for some of Tom's treatment.
In an excerpt from the book, obtained by The Sun, he wrote: "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 even helped out with my medical bills when I was seeking other treatment options and having private immunotherapy.
"He didn’t need to do any of that, but my wife Kelsey and I are so grateful to him for his support. It meant the world.
"Overnight, my entire world turned upside down and I was forced to re-evaluate the value of life itself. I was absolutely petrified – I couldn’t stop thinking about death."
Ed joined Tom and the rest of his The Wanted bandmates on tour in America over 10 years ago, even staying in the same tour bus.
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He offered his condolences after Tom died, saying: "So sad to hear of Tom’s passing.
"Thoughts and love are with Kelsey, his children and family. Very sad day, what a lovely guy."
When Tom revealed the news about his new book, just days before his death, he insisted that he would be focusing on “living” and “finding hope” rather than “dying”.
Shortly before he passed away, Tom revealed he had penned a memoir, writing on Instagram: "It’s a book about finding hope in whatever situation you’re dealt, and living your best life no matter what.
"It will show you how having faith in hope and daring to dream means you can carry on, against all odds."
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