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The Sweet Meaning Behind Tom Parker's One-Year-Old Son's Name

Lucy Devine

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The Sweet Meaning Behind Tom Parker's One-Year-Old Son's Name

Featured Image Credit: Tom Parker/Instagram

The Wanted star Tom Parker sadly passed away this week, with his wife Kelsey announcing the devastating news on social media on Wednesday.

As well as being one fifth of the popular boy band, Tom - who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2020 - was also dad to two-year-old daughter Aurelia and one-year-old son, Bodhi.

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Kelsey was pregnant with Bodhi when Tom was diagnosed, and the pair opened up about the special meaning behind his name.

Speaking to OK! shortly after Tom's diagnosis, Kelsey said: “Bodhi means enlightenment. So it just goes perfectly with our situation right now. He’s the light at the end of our tunnel.

"Tom didn’t want the name. I said, ‘Tom, I don’t care what you say – we’re having Bodhi and that’s it.’”

Kelsey announced the sad news on Wednesday evening (Credit: Kelsey Parker/Instagram)
Kelsey announced the sad news on Wednesday evening (Credit: Kelsey Parker/Instagram)

Kelsey announced the sad news on Wednesday evening, writing on Instagram: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side. Our hearts are broken, Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence.

"We are truly thankful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all unite to ensure Tom’s light continues to shine for his beautiful children. Thank you to everyone who has supported in his care throughout, he fought until the very end. I’m forever proud of you ❤️💫✨❤️."

Kelsey and Tom are parents to Aurelia and Bodhi (Credit: Kelsey Parker/Instagram)
Kelsey and Tom are parents to Aurelia and Bodhi (Credit: Kelsey Parker/Instagram)

Since the news was announced, tributes have been pouring in for Tom. On Thursday evening, bandmate Nathan Sykes shared a compilation of clips from the band's UK tour which took place earlier this month.

The full clip also includes backstage moments with Tom and footage from their interviews, set to the band's 2011 single 'Gold Forever', which has now reached number one on the UK iTunes chart.

You can watch the clip below:

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Our thoughts are with Kelsey, as well as Tom's family and friends.

For help and support, visit the Stand Up To Cancer website here.

Topics: Celebrity, Parenting

Lucy Devine
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