Aurelia Rose Parker, the 2-year-old daughter of the late The Wanted singer Tom Parker, still believes her father will come home one day.
“She still talks about him every day and she doesn’t quite understand that he’s not coming back,” Tom’s wife, Kelsey Parker, said during her guest appearance on the British talk show Lorraine.
“So I must be very blunt [and] say, ‘He’s not coming back, that’s it. He’s dead and he’s not coming back,” she added.
Tom died on March 30 at the age of 33 from terminal brain cancer, which he had been battling since his diagnosis in 2020.
According to Kelsey, Aurelia has not yet fully understood his death and believes he will return again – as he did when he was on tour with The Wanted.
“She’s kind of like, ‘Well, he’s been on tour, so he’s coming back from here,'” Kelsey explained. “She’s just really confused about it.”
Kelsey was a guest on “Lorraine” on Tuesday to promote the late singer’s memoir “Hope: My Inspirational Life.” Documenting Tom’s legacy in his own words, the book was published nearly a month after his death.
A heartbreaking clip aired during the talk show shows Aurelia running to a bookcase and kissing and hugging the memoir, which has Tom’s face on the cover.
In addition to Aurelia, Tom also fathered 1-year-old son Bodhi with Kelsey.
“They wake up happy. They wake up in a good mood, so I can’t be sad,” Kelsey said. “He wouldn’t want us to be sad and grieving.”