Ed Sheeran selflessly helped fund Tom Parker’s private medical treatment during his grueling battle with brain cancer.
Singer Wanted died at the age of 33 in March after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor known as glioblastoma in October 2020.
At the height of his battle with cancer, Parker’s closest friends gathered around him to make sure he was getting the best care possible non-stop.
Among them was the British sensation Sheeran, according to Parker’s forthcoming memoir entitled “Hope: My Inspired Life.”
Parker called the hit creator “Shape of You” a “special man” and said that his kind gesture “meant the world” to him and his wife, Kelsey Parker.
“I’ve never said this publicly before (and he’ll probably be upset that I’m doing it now), but Ed is a very special person – he even helped me with medical bills when I was looking for other treatment options and had private immunotherapy.” , reads an excerpt from the book, obtained by The Sun.
“She shouldn’t have done any of this, but my wife Kelsey and I are so grateful for her support that it has meant a lot to the world.”
The two became friends when Sheeran joined The Wanted on tour more than a decade ago.
Parker – who shared with Kelsey his 2-year-old daughter, Aurelia, and his 1-year-old son, Bodhi, with Kelsey – underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment and announced in November 2021 that his tumor was “under control,” but from Unfortunately, the cancer soon returned.
The singer joined The Wanted in 2009, and the band released hits including “Glad You Came”, “All Time Low” and “I Found You”.
The band went on hiatus in 2014, but reunited in 2021 for a hit album and a fundraising concert in London in support of Parker.