The widow of tragic pop star Tom Parker has sought solace with a new man as she comes to terms with life without Tom, MailOnline has learned.
Mother-of-two Kelsey Parker, 32, has been mourning her husband, The Wanted star Tom, since losing him to cancer eight months ago and admitted recently that life on her own was ‘tough’.
But friends are pleased that actress Kelsey is looking forward and is in the early stages of a relationship with electrician Sean Boggans, 39, after meeting him recently.
EXCLUSIVE: Kelsey Parker is in the early stages of a relationship with an electrician she met in Greece – nine months after losing beloved husband Tom, (pictured) to brain cancer aged 33
‘It’s very early days and no-one knows what the future will bring, but for now, Kelsey is happy that someone else has come into her life,’ said a source.
Kelsey and Sean, a father-of-two, are believed to have met when she took a break with friends in Lindos, Rhodes, in September.
More recently Kelsey attended the wedding of a member of Sean’s family in Kent and the couple were clearly affectionate with one another.
Sean recently split from the mother of his children, but there was no crossover with Kelsey.
MailOnline understands he has a positive relationship with his former partner and has regular access to their kids.
New connection: Kelsey and Sean, a father-of-two, are believed to have met when she took a break with friends in Lindos, Rhodes, in September
In a recent interview on TV’s Loose Women, Kelsey spoke movingly of the void left in her life by the loss of Tom, once her daughter Aurelia Rose, three and son Bodhi, two, were asleep.
‘Evenings are so tough,’ she said. ‘Because the kids go to bed and then it’s just me and that’s the time you speak to your partner, you gossip and you talk and I don’t have that any more.’
Kelsey posts frequently on social media about Tom, and makes a conscious effort to keep his memory alive in the minds of her young children, with a special Father’s Day post on Instagram in June, though she did admit: ‘Father’s Day will be hard.’
Earlier this month, she took part in a gruelling five-day trek across the Sahara Desert to raise funds for a breast cancer awareness charity.
The group set off on the extreme challenge on November 12 and trekked for more than 10 hours each day through Morocco’s unforgiving landscape in a bid to reach 100km.
Kelsey was joined by Vicky Pattison, Giovanna Fletcher and Pete Wicks as they aimed to trek 100km across the Sahara Desert over five days in aid of CoppaFeel!.
Speaking of the gruelling CoppaTrek! adventure, Kelsey candidly said she needed to ‘focus her mind’ after a challenging year.
‘I have never done anything like this before, but it is just the challenge I need to focus my mind after a very difficult year’, she said in a statement.
A source said: ‘It’s very early days and no-one knows what the future will bring, but for now, Kelsey is happy that someone else has come into her life’ – Sean pictured with his ex
‘The thought of being part of a team full of inspiring people who have also gone through extremely tough times and conquering this challenge together is fuelling my training regime.’
Tom died from stage four glioblastoma brain cancer at the age of 33.
He was diagnosed with the illness in October 2020, and given just 12 months to live by doctors, and passed away on March 30, 2022.
Next month, Kelsey is due to front an ITV documentary exploring her grief and following her life since Tom’s death.
Kelsey will give an insight into her journey of grief in the documentary as she raises their children.
Kelsey Parker: Life After Tom will see her allow cameras into her home to follow her very personal journey with grief as she hopes to connect with people in similar situations, including other famous faces.
From household names who open up about their own personal experiences with grief, to other young widows and bereavement experts, Kelsey’s journey will see her and her family mark major milestones without Tom.
Throughout the six-part ITVBe series, Kelsey tries out death cafes, grief yoga and other methods of coming to terms with loss, exploring her bereavement as she tries to rebuild her life without her husband.
Family: Now, Kelsey, 30, will give an insight into her journey with grief in a documentary as she raises their children Aurelia, three, and Bodhi, two, since her husband’s death from brain cancer in March
Kelsey took to her Instagram last month to share the news of her new documentary, admitting it has been ‘very difficult’ at times.
She revealed she is currently in the middle of filming as she described it as a ‘rollercoaster ride’ but shared her hope that the series can help other people.
She posted: ‘I am delighted to share with you that Kelsey Parker: Life After Tom will be on your screens later this year on ITV.
‘A six-part observational documentary following me and my family over the last six months since Tom’s death. Obviously a very difficult film to make but one that I’m incredibly proud of.
More recently Kelsey attended the wedding of a member of Sean’s family in Kent and the couple were clearly affectionate with one another
‘We are still in the middle of filming and it’s been a rollercoaster ride but I can’t thank the team enough for believing in me to share my story, to continue Tom’s work and cement his legacy and to hopefully help others.
‘I have met and am meeting the most incredible people who have loved, lost and who are fighting to keep their loved ones here.
‘I’m learning about myself, pushing myself and I’m sharing it all with my amazing family and friends who are there with me every step of the way. They’re all in it and I can’t wait for you to meet them!
‘The cameras are following the hard times but we’ve been blessed with an amazing summer and the team have been there to get it all so join us for camping trips, Cornwall, weddings, christenings and so much more love and laughter along the way.’
Kelsey said she hopes her family’s ‘optimism shines through’ in the documentary as she said she wants to ‘keep moving forward’ despite her devastating loss.
She dedicated the series to her late husband Tom and said she hopes it makes him ‘shine’ in the lengthy post.
Kelsey continued: ‘Tom called us the Positive Parkers and I really hope our optimism shines through because life is for living and we’re here, we’re doing it and I just want to keep moving forward…
‘Thank you so much for all your support, it really does mean the world to us. Every word of encouragement, every NTA vote, every person who tells us we got this… you push us forward.
‘I don’t know where I’d be right now without all of you and everyone who has believed in me. Working with @aheadofthegame_foundation , filming with @flickerproductions @itv and my incredible management team @screativeagency it’s giving me a purpose, a future, a reason for being and I’m so grateful.
‘Oh and watch out for the superstars of the show @aureliaroseparker and @bodhithomasparker who will bring all the joy! They make me so proud and I know @Tomparkerofficial will be shining bright watching them entertain you all.
‘Tom, this is for you and I hope it’s making you shine up there.’
The documentary will unflinchingly look at bereavement and will confront death with compassion, empathy, emotional frankness and some humour, according to a description.
The series is being produced by the same team that brought viewers Caring For Derek, which gave an insight into Derek Draper’s recovery from long Covid, which has left him bed-bound and seen him cared for by his wife Kate Garraway.
Oh no: She admitted the then-two-year-old ‘doesn’t quite get that he’s not coming back’, even after being ‘really blunt’ and telling her ‘he’s dead’