The widow of The Wanted star Tom Parker has spoken out about her new boyfriend for the first time since her husband’s heartbreaking death.
Father-of-two Tom died aged 33 in March last year after an 18-month battle with stage four glioblastoma brain cancer.
His widow, Kelsey Parker, 33, revealed how surprised she was to develop such a strong relationship with electrician Sean Boggans, but she was given a “new lease of life”.
Kelsey previously shared that she thought her late rocker husband would be “happy” if she found love again after his tragic death.
She dated Sean – who was jailed for four years in 2013 for killing a stranger with a single punch – for around five months after they met at a wedding in Greece. In March, on the one-year anniversary of Tom’s funeral, Kelsey’s romance with Sean ended.
Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey has spoken out for the first time about her relationship with new boyfriend Sean Boggans (pictured together on Valentine’s Day this year).
Father-of-two Tom Parker died aged 33 in March last year after an 18-month battle with stage four glioblastoma brain cancer. Pictured: Tom Parker, Kelsey Parker and their two children for his death
Kelsey previously shared that she thought her late husband would be “happy” if she found love again after his death. Pictured: Tom and Kelsey Parker on This Morning in October 2021
But they got back together soon after, at a mutual friend’s wedding in Greenwich, south London.
Talk to The mirror, Kelsey revealed: “He brings me so much joy and laughter. Sean was a real new life for me.
Kelsey – who insisted Sean would never replace her “irreplaceable” late husband – also opened up about how her new partner has been extremely supportive of her and Tom’s child Aurelia, four, and Bodhi, two years old.
“We could sit there and talk about Tom, and Sean has been amazing,” she added.
“He comes to my house and it’s full of Tom, he’s so present and the kids talk about him all the time.
“But Sean doesn’t hesitate to do it. After the kids met him, Aurelia said, “Daddy died of a brain tumor,” and he simply replied, “I know, honey.” We all miss your dad.
Sean spent time behind bars after fatally punching Shaun McDermott, 44, during a heated argument over a taxi outside the Havering Oak pub in Romford, Essex.
Kelsey – who praised her new lover for coping with a difficult situation – shared the emotional first 12 months without Tom in her book, With and Without You.
Kelsey dated Sean – who was jailed for four years in 2013 for killing a stranger with a single punch – for around five months after they met at a wedding in Greece. They are pictured here on Valentine’s Day earlier this year.
The couple got back together shortly after their breakup as they met at a mutual friend’s wedding in Greenwich, south London.
The book, which will be released on September 28, describes how Sean was the first person to not treat her like a widow.
It comes after she also made an ITV documentary exploring her grief and following her life since Tom’s death. She gave insight into her grief journey in the documentary as she raises their children.
Kelsey Parker: Life After Tom allowed cameras into her home to follow her very personal journey of grief.
She admitted she was “worried” about filming the documentary, but it ended up being “the best thing” she could have done.
She explained: “It was like therapy for me. I did some things on the show that I wouldn’t necessarily have done but it helped me immensely. It pushed me out of my comfort zone.
“I didn’t really understand what grief was. You can feel so many emotions at once. There are so many different elements.
Parker was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020 and was given just 12 months to live.
11 months later, in September 2021, he sang at the Stand Up 2 Cancer show at the Royal Albert Hall and even left with his bandmates for a Greatest Hits tour when his tumor was confirmed to be “stable”.
Kelsey (pictured at the NTA Awards earlier this month) – who praised her new lover for coping with a difficult situation – shared the emotional first 12 months without Tom in her book, With and Without You.
Parker was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020 and was given just 12 months to live
11 months later, in September 2021, he sang at the Stand Up 2 Cancer show at the Royal Albert Hall and even went on a Greatest Hits tour with his bandmates. Pictured: Parker was forced to use a wheelchair and remain seated while performing with the band.
In his final moments, the singer listened to Oasis’ 1994 hit Live Forever, from their debut album Definitely Maybe.
Following his death, Kelsey said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm that Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with his entire family by his side.
“Our hearts are broken. Tom was the center of our world and we cannot imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence.
“We are truly grateful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all come together to ensure Tom’s light continues to shine for his beautiful children.”