The Wanted singer died in March at the age of just 33 following a terminal brain tumour diagnosis.
Kelsey is planning a lasting tribute to her late spouse so she, his mother Noreen and their children Aurelia, who turns four this week, and Bodhi, 20 months, can always keep him close to their hearts.
She said it will be something ‘really special’ that their kids can have, which she will give to them ‘at a certain time,’ saying she isn’t sure yet when that will be.
Parker died away just a week after appearing on stage with his bandmates on their reunion tour and Kelsey admitted she was ‘shocked’ that he died so quickly, though she thinks the Glad You Came singer would have been pleased she didn’t have to see him suffer for too long.
She told OK! magazine: ‘It happened really quick. This isn’t the way I thought things were going to happen. He literally came off that tour and went downhill. I was so shocked – I was beside myself because it happened within a week.
‘But I do think that is typical Tom style. He didn’t want to put me through misery, it’s like he was like, “Right let’s just get this done really quick as well. I’ve ticked the box with the tour and I’m going to go now”.’
The mum-of-two stated that her late husband ‘lived life quick’ and ‘even his death was quick’ and she struggled to process his loss initially, spending the first couple of weeks in ‘massive shock.’
Kelsey believes Parker – who was given his diagnosis in October 2020 – was also surprised by his rapid decline and he ‘wasn’t expecting it.’
Reflecting on his final days, she added: ‘But we still had the fight even at the end. It was like, “No, come on, we can do this, let’s make whatever is happening the best it can possibly be”.’
She says Parker’s cancer wasn’t just his, but it was ‘our cancer’ as it was something they fought together.
‘If I could have taken it from him, I would have taken it any day,’ she shared.
Kelsey also believes all the research and campaigning they did together brought them closer, as the couple spoke publicly about their journey in a bid to raise awareness and vital funds for brain cancer treatments.
The musician’s desire to stay positive throughout his illness meant he didn’t leave any farewell messages for his children to read when they are older, with his wife explaining that it ‘wouldn’t have been good for his mental attitude.’
‘He didn’t need to do that because I’ll tell them what he thought.’
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