Strictly Full Monty viewers left 'sobbing' as The Wanted's Tom Parker appears despite stage four cancer battle

VIEWERS of Strictly The Real Full Monty were left "sobbing" as The Wanted singer Tom Parker appeared on stage despite his cancer battle.

The star joined his bandmates to sing their hit song Glad You Came as part of the programme, which raises awareness for vital cancer checks.


Tom, 33, who was diagnosed with the terminal inoperable illness last year – has been undergoing intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.

The star was told he had a grade four glioblastoma and that the plan would only prolong his life, with a 12 to 18 months life expectancy.

Astonishingly, after six rounds of chemotherapy and 30 radiotherapy sessions, Tom was able to reveal that his outlook is considerably more positive.

Things have been so far improved for the singer that he was able to get on stage with his The Wanted bandmates on Tuesday night's Strictly The Real Full Monty.

Fans were left "sobbing" at his surprise appearance on the show, and took to Twitter to celebrate seeing Tom more like his old self again.

"The Wanted being on the Real Full Monty for Tom is gonna make me sob," one fan wrote, as a second said: "Seeing Tom's face was so so precious."

A third person agreed: "Did I cry at The Wanted on Real Full Monty? Yes. Was it because they were incredible? ABSOLUTELY."

"Literally crying. Tommy, you are our superhero," a fourth concurred, as a fifth concluded: "Definitely didn't just shed a tear when Tom started talking."

Others gushed over the performance and encouraged singer Tom that he both "looked and sounded great" during the song.

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Last month, Tom delighted fans when he revealed the incredible news that his brain tumour is "under control" after his treatment plan.

Posting on Instagram, he shared a picture with wife Kelsey and their two children writing: "I’m sat here with tears in my eyes as I tell you.

"We’ve got my brain tumour under control. We had the results from my latest scan…and I’m delighted to say it is STABLE.

"Such a mix of emotions. We couldn’t ask for any more really at this point; a year or so in to this journey.

"Honestly over the moon. We can sleep a little easier tonight. Thank you for all your love and support over the last 12+ months."

BATTLING CANCER

The Bolton lad — who has a daughter Aurelia, two, and son Bodhi, 11 months, with Kelsey — said in TV documentary Inside My Head in October: “You’ll always be classed as terminal.

“They give you 12 to 18months of survival. But that’s the general statistics. Everyone we’ve ­spoken to has been way, way beyond that.

“Now, we’re aiming to be cancer free by March. That’s the aim. This disease is always there.

"You might have residual cells but just not active. So, we’ll just carry on, just crack on and see where we get to.”

For six weeks the star was having to travel daily from his family home in Kent to Guy’s Hospital in London for gruelling radiation sessions — only getting any respite at weekends.

At one point his weight dropped by a third, to just 7st 7lb.

He said: “Those were the darkest days of my life. Going up there and lying under those radiation machines were awful. It’s awful. It’s unnerving.

“You’re thinking, ‘Is this doing any good? Is this making a difference? Is there any point in me doing this if I’m going to die? I’m not putting myself through this’.

He added: “And chemo was brutal. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.” Kelsey said: “All he kept saying was, ‘I’m scared’. But I said, ‘I know you’re scared, but we’re going to get through this’.”



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