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The Wanted singer Tom Parker died in March aged 33 after an 18-month battle with brain cancer.
Loose Women panellist Kaye Adams asked Kelsey, 32, how she’s feeling and the mum-of-two replied: “I feel strong, I’m just getting through each day. I have the kids. I have to wake up each day, I have to get on with it, just trying to be as strong as possible in a really difficult situation and time for us all.”
Nadia Sawalha asked Kelsey if their children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one, are confused about their father’s death. “I’ve been really, really honest, I’ve taken advice,” Kelsey explained.
“Bodhi’s only 19 months old, he has no clue, but even the journey with Aurelia was really, really hard.”
She added: “When Tom went into the hospice, she [Aurelia] was really confused… I did say to her he wouldn’t be coming home from the hospice and on the Wednesday when he did die, I was leaving to go to the hospice and I just said to her, ‘I’ve got to go to make sure the angels take daddy. The angels are coming to collect him,’ which is a really horrible conversation.
“The next day I had to tell her her dad’s dead. This is the advice I got - to be honest. I said, ‘Dad’s dead and he’s not coming back.’ So she’s still trying to digest that.”
She also explained to the panelists how she plans to keep Tom’s legacy alive. “It’s about the kids and learning and celebrating him.
“I want to be able to talk about their dad… Even the final moments were magical. That’s the sort of person he was.
“Did I think I was going to be a widow at 32 with two children? It’s so shocking. But I have to live my life and that’s what Tom would have wanted me to do.”
Tom’s funeral took place in south-east London last month. Kelsey invited fans to watch the procession through Petts Wood High Street and his bandmates; Nathan Sykes, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness served as pallbearers.
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Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
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