Tom Parker has opened up on how he felt about losing his hair after starting treatment amid his terminal brain tumour diagnosis.
The Wanted star, 32, revealed during a candid Instagram post that he broke down when his wife Kelsey began shaving his head after he started to lose his hair.
Tom shared a picture of his shaved head and discussed how he struggled to adjust to his ‘baldness’ and admitted he was ’embarrassed by his appearance’.
Struggles: Tom Parker has opened up on how he felt about losing his hair after starting treatment amid his terminal brain tumour diagnosis
Sharing a lengthy caption, he wrote: ‘Having been in the public eye since the age of 21 my appearance has always been important to me. I have had many different hairstyles from a Danny zuko quiff and the crazy blonde stage my wife hated.
‘When I started treatment my hair started to fall out, so after a morning at the hospital I came home and told @being_kelsey to shave my head.
Explaining his emotional reaction, he said: ‘I remember this so vividly, I felt like part of me was being taken away as I saw the hair drop to the floor. There were tears.’
Caption: The Wanted star, 32, revealed during a candid Instagram post that he broke down when his wife Kelsey began shaving his head after he started to lose his hair
Tom explained that he masked his appearance with hats at first because he felt like he was wearing a ‘badge’ which told people about his diagnosis.
He said: ‘I wore hats for the first couple of months as I was embarrassed by my appearance. I know it sounds silly for a man to be so bothered by baldness when I was facing so much more but to me it felt like I was wearing a badge of baldness that shouted ‘ I HAVE CANCER’
‘So here I am facing my fears and laying myself bare. I have accepted my baldness and i now wear this ‘new do’ with pride. It’s a trophy of what I have overcome and what I have yet to beat.’
Loving: Tom’s wife Kelsey shared an emotional update on her husband’s terminal brain tumour diagnosis after he revealed he had his first coronavirus vaccine earlier this week
Tom’s post comes after his wife Kelsey shared an emotional update on her husband’s diagnosis after he revealed he had his first
The mother of two, 30, said she felt ‘incredibly lucky’ to have her husband Tom, 32, and their two children Aurelia, 15 months and newborn Bodhi in an emotive post.
Kelsey shared a sweet picture of Tom smiling and holding their two children in his arms, as she detailed how she deals through the ‘horrendous days’.
Alongside the sweet snap, Kelsey wrote: ‘One Step at a time. When we were given @tomparkerofficial diagnosis, a day I will never forget. The doctor said, listen one step at a time.
Love: The mother of two, 30, said she felt ‘incredibly lucky’ to have her husband Tom, 32, and their two children Aurelia, 15 months and newborn Bodhi in an emotive post
‘At the time I thought what on earth does he even mean, my husband has just been told he has stage 4 cancer?! However I now know exactly what he meant and those words ring so true to me.
Kelsey admitted that some days she just goes to the bathroom and cries, while detailing her good and bad days.
‘Every day is a new day. Some bad, some totally horrendous and some days are good days. People say to me ‘I don’t know how you do it?’ I’ll be honest with you. I don’t know either, there are days I go to the bathroom and cry.
She sweetly added: ‘I’m not ashamed to admit that. I do know that these three human beings who am so lucky to call mine, they are my reasons for everything. They get me through the horrendous days, the bad days and we bloody enjoy the good days.
‘My heart beams with pride when I look at how far my husband has come- he really is my inspiration. One step at a time, it’s ok to take each day as it comes. #glioblastomaawareness #glioblastoma.’
The post came hours after Tom revealed he has had his first Covid vaccination.
The singer, who is classed as extremely vulnerable after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, took to Instagram to document his day.
Tom, who recently revealed his stage four tumour has ‘significantly reduced’ and is ‘responding well’ to treatment, urged fans to ‘just get it done so we can move on with our lives.’
Inspirational: Tom took to Instagram on Wednesday to reveal he’s had his first Covid jab following his terminal brain tumour diagnosis
The father-of-two continues to remain hopeful and shared a Boomerang of himself giving a big thumbs up as he wrote: ‘Off to get my first Covid jab. Get vaccinated.’
He then shared a snap of himself arriving at the undisclosed location and wrote: ‘Let’s go. Vaccine 1 underway’ as well as a picture of his Covid card.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed on Tuesday that the UK has now given vaccine doses to more than 6.8million people – 13 per cent of the adult population.
Words of wisdom: Tom urged his followers to take his lead and get vaccinated when able to so that ‘we can all move on’
Information: He then shared a snap of himself arriving at the undisclosed location where he was getting his jab as well as his Covid card
Priority is being given to the elderly and the clinically vulnerable.
Earlier this month, Tom updated his fans on his progress after receiving his terminal diagnosis of glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain
In a lengthy post, Tom said it was a ‘good f*****g day’ after receiving the positive news about his battle and vowed to ‘keep fighting’ for the sake of his wife Kelsey Hardwick and their children.
Positive progress: Earlier this month, Tom revealed stage 4 brain tumour has ‘significantly reduced’ and is ‘responding well’ to treatment
Tom shared a throwback snap of himself, wife Kelsey and their children Aurelia Rose, 18 months, and Bodhi, two months, as he announced his tumour had shrunk following treatment.
He wrote: ‘SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION These are the words I received today and I can’t stop saying them over and over again.
‘I had an MRI scan on Tuesday and my results today were a significant reduction to the tumour and I am responding well to treatment. Everyday I’m keeping on the fight to shrink this b*****d!
‘I can’t thank our wonderful NHS enough. You’re all having a tough time out there but we appreciate the work you are all doing on the front line.
Determined: In a lengthy post Instagram post, The Wanted star said it was a ‘good f*****g day’ after receiving the positive news about his battle and vowed to ‘keep fighting’
‘To my amazing wife @being_kelsey who has literally been my rock. My babies – I fight for you every second of every day.
‘Friends, family and everyone on this journey with me- you have got me through my darkest days.
‘To everyone on here- your love, light and positivity have inspired me. Every message has not been unnoticed they have given me so much strength. This journey is a rollercoaster that’s for sure. Today is a f*****g good day.’
Tom has admitted his world was turned ‘upside down’ after he was told he has a stage four brain tumour.
The star took to Instagram and shared a photo of himself taken just two days before he received his terminal diagnosis.
Thanking his wife Kelsey and their family for the support they have given him, Tom said he has ‘come a long way’ since being given the heartbreaking news.
Honest: Tom has admitted his world was turned ‘upside down’ after he was told he has a stage four brain tumour