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James Argent gushes over 'strong' pal Kelsey Parker as Tom's widow admits to 'nerves' after doc

'You'll always have a friend in me': James Argent praised his 'strong' pal Kelsey Pa  after candid doc airs

James Argent has praised his ‘strong’ pal Kelsey Parker as he took to Instagram after her candid new ITVBe documentary aired on Thursday.

The former TOWIE star, 34, told the actress, 32, ‘You’ll always have a friend in me,’ while she admitted to being ‘nerves’ in her own post shared after Kelsey Parker: Life After Tom aired.

The Wanted star Tom Parker died in March this year at the age of 33 after a year-and-a-half long battle with stage four glioblastoma brain cancer.

'You'll always have a friend in me': James Argent praised his 'strong' pal Kelsey Pa  after candid doc airs

‘You’ll always have a friend in me’: James Argent praised his ‘strong’ pal Kelsey Parker as Tom’s widow admitted to ‘nerves’ after her candid new ITVBe documentary aired on Thursday

James shared some photos of himself dancing with Kelsey and posing alongside her and Tom while she was pregnant with their daughter Bodhi in 2020.

He wrote in his caption: ‘Everyone loved Tom so much but nothing can compare to Kelsey’s love for him. I can’t imagine how hard it’s been for her since his passing.

‘Everyone deals with Grief in different ways, I’m so proud of how strong she’s been for her children. We miss Tom badly. Kelsey, You’ll always have a friend in me ❤️.’

The reality star became good friends with the Glad You Came hitmaker when they took part in The Real Full Monty in 2018 in aid of testicular and prostate cancer awareness.

Friends: James shared some photos of himself dancing with Kelsey and posing alongside her and Tom while she was pregnant with their daughter Bodhi in 2020

Friends: James shared some photos of himself dancing with Kelsey and posing alongside her and Tom while she was pregnant with their daughter Bodhi in 2020

Supportive: The former TOWIE star, 34, told the actress, 32, 'You’ll always have a friend in me'

Supportive: The former TOWIE star, 34, told the actress, 32, ‘You’ll always have a friend in me’

Tragic: He wrote in his caption: 'Everyone loved Tom so much but nothing can compare to Kelsey’s love for him. I can’t imagine how hard it’s been for her since his passing'

Tragic: He wrote in his caption: ‘Everyone loved Tom so much but nothing can compare to Kelsey’s love for him. I can’t imagine how hard it’s been for her since his passing’

Kelsey, sharing a beaming snap to her own profile, thanks viewers for their support while confessing she had been nervous ahead of the programme’s transmission.

She penned: ‘Thank you all so much for all the kind messages and comments I’ve had since the show aired last night.

‘I’m not gonna lie I was nervous about it going out, sharing so much of me & Tom and talking so openly about this subject that many people shy away from.

‘I’m so proud of this show and just the comments we’ve had from episode 1 has reassured me that we needed to make it, and encourage the conversation.

Opening up: She penned: 'Thank you all so much for all the kind messages and comments I’ve had since the show aired last night'

Opening up: She penned: ‘Thank you all so much for all the kind messages and comments I’ve had since the show aired last night’

‘There’s five more episodes and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you. Next episode airs next Thursday 8th December 9pm on ITV Be. #PositiveParkersForever.’ 

James, who appeared in the series premiere, was left amused as he recalled getting a spray tan with the late Tom ahead of their striptease performance for The Real Full Monty.

Arg was seen laughing with Tom’s widow Kelsey about the moment they prepared to go on stage and get totally naked for the show.

Looking back: James, who appeared in the premiere, was left amused as he recalled getting a spray tan with the late Tom ahead of their striptease performance for The Real Full Monty

Looking back: James, who appeared in the premiere, was left amused as he recalled getting a spray tan with the late Tom ahead of their striptease performance for The Real Full Monty

He said: ‘I remember me and Tom got spray tans together. We were about to get naked in front of millions of people watching at home.

‘We looked at each other and I was like, “Tom, are you alright?”‘

‘He didn’t give me much confidence, that’s for sure.’

Tease: Tom, who died in March this year at the age of 33 after a year-and-a-half long battle with stage four glioblastoma brain cancer, appeared with Arg on the show in 2018 (Tom pictured for the show in 2018)

Tease: Tom, who died in March this year at the age of 33 after a year-and-a-half long battle with stage four glioblastoma brain cancer, appeared with Arg on the show in 2018 (Tom pictured for the show in 2018)

Remembering: In a lighthearted moment, Arg, who was good friends with Tom, was seen laughing with Tom's widow Kelsey about his The Real Full Monty appearance

Remembering: In a lighthearted moment, Arg, who was good friends with Tom, was seen laughing with Tom’s widow Kelsey about his The Real Full Monty appearance

Good cause: Tom appeared with Arg on the show in 2018 in aid of testicular and prostate cancer awareness

Good cause: Tom appeared with Arg on the show in 2018 in aid of testicular and prostate cancer awareness

Talking of Tom’s 2020 diagnosis, Kelsey said: ‘That’s what you think is crazy, that he did The Full Monty and literally got cancer.’

James replied: ‘You couldn’t write it, could you. 

Meanwhile, Kelsey said in the programme that she was unable to look at pictures of Tom or listen to The Wanted’s music.

Sitting by a black and white photo of the singer as she sat in a room she described as ‘Tom’s space’, she glanced up and said: ‘I can’t have any more pictures downstairs of him.

‘I come and look at him before bed. I’ll be like, “Night!” That’s a sad one, isn’t it?

Heartache: Sitting by a black and white photo of the singer as she sat in a room she described as 'Tom's space', she glanced up and said: 'I can't have any more pictures downstairs'

Heartache: Sitting by a black and white photo of the singer as she sat in a room she described as ‘Tom’s space’, she glanced up and said: ‘I can’t have any more pictures downstairs’

Getting tearful, she continued: ‘It is just sad though, it is. Sometimes I just have to shut the door on this room because I can’t look at it.’

Viewers took to Twitter during the programme to praise Kelsey for appearing strong in the documentary. 

One person wrote: ‘I’m ready to see such a strong and inspirational woman on my screen,’ while another person posted: ‘Watching #lifeaftertom on itvbe. How Kelsey copes as well as she does I don’t know, amazingly strong girl.’

Heartfelt words: Viewers took to Twitter during the programme to praise Kelsey for appearing strong in the documentary

Heartfelt words: Viewers took to Twitter during the programme to praise Kelsey for appearing strong in the documentary

Another viewer wrote: ‘Started tearing up the first few minutes it came on… Kelsey is so strong i really admire her,’ while someone else shared: ‘So much respect for Kelsey! What a woman.’

One other person posted: ‘Such a hard watch but seeing Kelsey’s positivity wow that women.’

‘Just so tragic, how she gets out her bed in the morning I have no idea,’ posted another television audience member.

Another person posted: ‘I feel so awful for her. Can’t imagine how she finds the strength to go on.’

Kelsey has admitted she was ‘worried’ to film, Kelsey Parker: Life After Tom, but it ended up being ‘the best thing’ she could’ve done.

Candid: Kelsey has admitted she struggles with feelings of loneliness and guilt following the death of her husband of four years

Candid: Kelsey admitted on Thursday’s episode of Good Morning Britain that she struggles with feelings of loneliness and guilt following the death of her husband

During an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, she explained: ‘It was like therapy for me. I’ve done things in the show that I wouldn’t necessarily have done but it’s massively helped me. It’s pushed me out of my comfort zone.

‘I didn’t really understand what grief was. You can feel so many emotions at one time. There’s so many different elements.’  

Kelsey revealed that one issue she faced was dealing with ‘a lot of guilt’.

The businesswoman – who has two children Aurelia, three, and Bodhi, two, with Tom – explained: ‘I know that I did everything for Tom.

‘But even still there’s that guilt process. Guilty that I’m still here and I look at my kids and I’m guilty he’s not experiencing what I’m experiencing with them.’  

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Asked how she’s coping with ‘moving on with life’ following Tom’s death, Kelsey admitted it was hard figuring out what items of Tom to keep as they are constant reminders of the fact he’s no longer with them.

She reasoned: ‘The memories are here in my heart so getting rid of an object doesn’t really mean anything but you don’t know how hard it is.

‘You don’t want to let go because you’re losing them even more.’  

Upsetting: Kelsey revealed that one issue she faced was dealing with 'a lot of guilt' that she's able to make new memories with their two children Aurelia, three, and Bodhi, two

Upsetting: Kelsey revealed that one issue she faced was dealing with ‘a lot of guilt’ that she’s able to make new memories with their two children Aurelia, three, and Bodhi, two

Talk then turned to loneliness that people can feel when grieving, with Kelsey musing: ‘You can be in a room full of people and still feel lonely.

‘People don’t understand how I feel. Christmas is going to be so tough for me. We’re not going to wake up Christmas as a family.

‘Grief ripples through the family and it affects us all so differently.’

Upsetting: Kelsey added that she's been unable to listen to The Wanted's music because 'hearing Tom's voice breaks my heart', saying she wouldn't wish the feeling of grief on anyone

Upsetting: Kelsey added that she’s been unable to listen to The Wanted’s music because ‘hearing Tom’s voice breaks my heart’, saying she wouldn’t wish the feeling of grief on anyone

She added that she’s been unable to listen to The Wanted’s music because ‘hearing Tom’s voice breaks my heart’, saying she wouldn’t wish the feeling of grief on anyone.

Kelsey is now dating new boyfriend Sean Boggans, 39, with the couple said to have met when she took a break with friends in Lindos, Rhodes, in September.

‘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.   

It was also revealed that electrician Sean was jailed in 2013 killing a stranger with a single punch while waiting for a taxi outside an east London.

He spent time behind bars after fatally punching Shaun McDermott, 44, during a heated argument over a taxi outside the Havering Oak pub in Romford.

Sean was waiting for his then-girlfriend to collect him when an argument broke out with the 44-year-old, who was knocked to the ground during the skirmish. CCTV footage later captured the electrician walking away from the scene.

New connection: Kelsey is now in the early stages of a relationship with new man Sean Boggans (pictured)

New connection: Kelsey is now in the early stages of a relationship with new man Sean Boggans (pictured)

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