Tom Parker says someone told him to ‘lose the beard’
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Former The Wanted member, Tom Parker, 32, has hit out at an Instagram user after they told him to “lose the beard” during hi was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in October last year and chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Lose the beard! I’ve lost all my hair!
Taking to his Instagram stories today, the former boyband star responded to the cruel comment.
He said: “You know what? Someone just messaged me.
“[They said], ‘Lose the beard’.”
Outraged, Tom aimed his rant towards the thoughtless message, asking whether it was enough that he had already lost his hair due to cancer treatment.
“‘Lose the beard!’ I’ve lost all my hair!” he said.
He continued: “F*** me, let me retain something. Jesus Christ pal.”
Tom was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in October, at the same time he and wife Kelsey Hardwick were expecting their second child.
He has had radiotherapy and chemotherapy in an attempt to prolong his life.
The next Instagram story showed Tom examining his beard, while he remarked that it needs a trim.
He commented: “Yeah, it is actually getting a bit long now, isn’t it?
“I’ll do a little bit of tapering, I might get the clippers out later.”
Despite putting grooming plans in place, the singer was adamant that his beard was here to stay.
He said: “But I do like the beard.
“The beard and the bold look, I think, rocks.”
He finished: “Yeah, I’m digging it,” before posting a throwback picture of himself during his boyband days when he had a full head of hair.
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Tom continued: “I mean, let me know your thoughts, but I reckon I look better with a shaved head and a beard, than I do in that previous picture when I was in The Wanted.”
Still wearing his oversized headphones, Tom admitted that he bore a surprising resemblance to an aircraft marshall on a runway.
“Mate, do you know what I look like?
“I look like one of those guys who does that, on the planes or on the runway,” he joked, while gesticulating wildly.
Laughing at himself, Tom did his best impression of an aircraft marshall navigating a plane: “‘Come on! This way, this way, come on!'”
Just last month Tom revealed how his wife Kelsey helped him when he was in his “darkest place” during his cancer battle.
He wrote: “This girl has quite literally helped me back from the darkest place of my life the past few weeks all whilst being a new mum.
He also opened up to followers about coming to terms with losing his hair to chemotherapy.
He wrote: “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.
“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.”
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