Following their debut in 2009, British boyband The Wanted were quick to become global superstars. Comprised of Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes, the group had some popular tunes over the years, including “Glad You Came” and “Chasing The Sun.” They also starred in an E! reality show titled The Wanted Life in 2013. But, following their three album released, the boys announced their indefinite hiatus in 2014.
“This tour will be their last for a while as Tom, Max, Jay, Siva, and Nathan have collectively decided to take time to pursue personal endeavors following the tour’s conclusion,” a January 2014 statement from the group read. “The band wants to stress to their fans that they will continue on as The Wanted and look forward to many successful projects together in the future.”
After seven years apart, The Wanted announced in September 2021 that they would officially be reuniting to release a Greatest Hits album and perform at member Tom’s Inside My Head concert, which was hosted at Royal Albert Hall.
“We are MEGA excited to announce that we are BACK and will be releasing our Greatest Hits Album on November 12th!!” the group shared via their official Instagram account. “It’s been far too long … Let’s do this!”
The Inside My Head concert event featured The Wanted alongside other major acts, including Liam Payne, and all proceeds went to Stand Up to Cancer and The National Brain Appeal. As fans know, Tom revealed in October 2020 that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and was battling stage IV glioblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer affecting the brain or spinal cord.
“There’s no easy way to say this but I’ve sadly been diagnosed with a Brain Tumor and I’m already undergoing treatment,” the singer shared via Instagram at the time. “We are all absolutely devastated but we are gonna fight this all the way. We don’t want your sadness, we just want love and positivity and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options. It’s gonna be a tough battle but with everyone’s love and support we are going to beat this.”
In August 2021, Tom updated fans on his health in a separate social media post, sharing that there was a “slight reduction” in his tumor. In March 2022, Tom’s wife, Kelsey Parker, revealed that he he had died at age 33. She wrote on Instagram, in part, “Our hearts are broken, Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence.”
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