Tom Parker opens up about losing his hair as he receives brain tumour treatment

The Wanted star was diagnosed with the illness last year

Tom Parker

by Nathan Katnoria |
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The Wanted star Tom Parker has opened up about the effects of losing his hair to chemotherapy after receiving treatment for his brain tumour.

Tom, 32, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour last year but bravely vowed to fight the illness and beat his terminal diagnosis.

After undergoing treatment, the singer has revealed that losing his hair wasn’t easy to accept.

In a candid post on Instagram, which he shared alongside a photo of him and his daughter Aurelia, Tom wrote, “Acceptance. Having been in the public eye since the age of 21 my appearance has always been important to me. I have had many different hairstyles from a Danny Zuko quiff and the crazy blonde stage my wife hated 🤣.

“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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Liam Payne - One Direction

After One Direction started their hiatus in 2016, all four remaining members decided to go solo. Liam Payne released a number of hit singles, including the likes of 'Strip That Down', 'Get Low' and 'Bedroom Floor'. Liam has also teamed up Rita Ora on the single 'For You' and worked with Jonas Blue for the 2018 track 'Polaroid'.

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Harry Styles - One Direction

Unlike his former 1D band mate Liam Payne, Harry Styles showed a completely different musical side to himself when he released his debut solo album 'Harry Styles' in 2017. Featuring tracks like 'Sign Of The Times', 'Kiwi' and 'Sweet Creature', Harry secured a brand new fan base to the one he had during his time in One Direction.

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Louis Tomlinson - One Direction

It took him a lot longer, but like his One Direction band mates Louis Tomlinson also made the decision to release solo music. Louis debuted his single 'Just Hold On' during The X Factor final back in 2017, just a few weeks after tragically losing his mum Johannah Deakin. The singer has since gone on to release hits such as 'Back To You' with Bebe Rexha and his other single 'Miss You'.

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Zayn Malik - One Direction

When Zayn Malik made the announcement he's was going to leave One Direction in 2015 after five years in the band, 1D fans all over the world were left heartbroken. However, just one year later, Zayn dropped his amazing solo album 'Mind Of Mine', featuring tracks such as 'Pillowtalk', 'It's You' and 'Befour'. Zayn has now teamed up with other massive pop stars including Taylor Swift, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj.

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Niall Horan - One Direction

Similar to Harry, Irish singer Niall Horan decided to showcase a totally different style of music to One Direction's back catalogue. Dropping hits such as 'Slow Hands' and 'This Town', Niall's music almost has a country vibe to it, with fans across the world loving the sound. Niall is currently touring the world with his 'Flicker' album, playing to sold-out crowds of his beloved fans.

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Camila Cabello - Fifth Harmony

American-Cuban singer-songwriter Camila Cabello shot to fame when she put into a band called Fifth Harmony alongside Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, on The X Factor USA in 2012. Despite great success with the band, Camila announced she'd be leaving in 2016 to focus on her solo career. Since that moment, Camila has stormed the charts with her solo music, dropping hits like 'Havana', 'Crying In The Club'' and 'Never Be The Same'.

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Cheryl - Girls Aloud

Following on from her success in Girls Aloud, Cheryl announced she'd be releasing solo music following the band's split. To date Cheryl has released four solo albums, spanning between 2009-2014. Her first album, '3 words', was released in November 2009 and featured her Number 1 single 'Fight For This Love'.Cheryl then released her second solo album in 2010, calling it 'Messy Little Raindrops', before her 2012 album 'A Million Lights' and her last album 'Only Human' back in 2014.After a four-year break from music, Cheryl made her comeback in 2018, dropping her single 'Love Made Me Do It'.

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Gary Barlow - Take That

Robbie's fellow Take That band mate Gary Barlow has also enjoyed solo success. Since his first solo single 'Forever Love' in 1996, Gary has gone on to release a collection of amazing hits such as 'Let Me Go', 'Stronger' and 'Sing'.

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Robbie Williams - Take That

Despite leaving the band a number of times, Robbie Williams always seems to find his way back to Take That. But that doesn't take anything away from his amazing success as a solo artist. Since leaving Take That for the first time back in 1995, Robbie has enjoyed major success, releasing songs like 'Angels', 'She's The One', and 'Rock DJ'. With an amazing back catalogue of solo hits, it was recently announced that Robbie will be taking to the stage in Las Vegas, landing himself a residency there.

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Nicole Scherzinger - The Pussycat Dolls

Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger was always dubbed the main singer of the group, but after the band split in 2010, Nicole went on to sell over 16 million records as a solo artist. Nicole's debut solo album 'Killer Love', featured massive hits such as 'Don't Hold Your Breath', 'Poison' and 'Right There', before she dropped her second album 'Big Fat Lie' in 2014.

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Beyoncé - Destiny's Child

Beyoncé, or Queen Bey as she's also called, is universally known for her amazing repertoire of solo hits. Whether it's songs like 'Crazy In Love', 'Single Ladies' or her more recent tracks 'Shining' and 'Formation', she really has stormed the world of music. But before Beyoncé turned solo, she also enjoyed major success with Destiny's Child. The group, who have remained great friends, reunited during Bey's headline set at Coachella in 2018, performing tracks like 'Say My Name' and 'Survivor'.

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Kelly Rowland - Destiny's Child

Beyoncé isn't the only member of Destiny's Child to enjoy success as a solo artist. Kelly Rowland has also made a name for herself in the industry, working with artists like David Guetta, Ne-Yo and R.Kelly. With a solo career spanning over 18 years, Kelly has released four studio albums, nine soundtrack albums, three compilation albums and two EPs.

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Justin Timberlake - NSYNC

After boy band NSYNC split up in 2002, star member Justin Timberlake went on to achieve massive solo success across the world. Releasing his RnB focused debut solo album 'Justified' in 2002, Justin hasn't looked back since, releasing hit after hit such as 'Say Something', 'Mirrors' and 'Rock Your Body'. In 2018 Justin dropped his brand new album 'Man Of The Woods', just days before he headlined the Super Bowl LII halftime show in Minneapolis.

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Gwen Stefani - No Doubt

After No Doubt started a hiatus in the mid noughties, lead singer Gwen Stefani launched her solo career in 2014, releasing her debut solo album 'Love.Angel.Music.Baby', which featured the songs 'Hollaback Girl' and 'Rich Girl'. Two years later Stefani released her second solo album 'The Sweet Escape', with fans loving her solo material. Following a ten-year break from any solo work, Gwen then dropped her third album 'This Is What the Truth Feels Like' in 2016.

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Despite being the founder and lead singer of The Black Eyed Peas, American rapper has also enjoyed solo success - dropping four solo albums since 2001. As well as this, Will has also produced some major hits over the last 10 years, working with artists like Lady Gaga, Cheryl, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Usher.

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Fergie - The Black Eyed Peas isn't the only member of The Black Eyed Peas to have enjoyed solo success. Fergie also released her own material, with her debut album 'The Dutchess' in 2006 featuring the massive hit singles 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'Glamorous' and 'London Bridge'.

The dad-of-two admitted that he didn’t show his bald head in public for a long time out of fear that it would be a “badge” showing his cancer diagnosis.

He continued, “I wore hats for the first couple of months as I was embarrassed by my appearance. I know it sounds silly for a man to be so bothered by baldness when I was facing so much more but to me it felt like I was wearing a badge of baldness that shouted, ‘I HAVE CANCER’.

“So here I am facing my fears and laying myself bare. I have accepted my baldness and i now wear this “new do” with pride. It’s a trophy of what I have overcome and what I have yet to beat 💪🏻.”

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Tom’s post comes after he revealed the happy news that his brain tumour has “significantly reduced”.

He told fans, “SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION 💫🙏🏻 These are the words I received today, and I can’t stop saying them over and over again.

"I had an MRI scan on Tuesday and my results today were a significant reduction to the tumour and I am responding well to treatment. Everyday I’m keeping on the fight to shrink this b-----d!

"I can’t thank our wonderful NHS enough, you’re all having a tough time out there, but we appreciate the work you are all doing on the front line."

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