The Wanted’s Siva Kaneswaran has opened up about grieving his late bandmate Tom Parker, as the Dubliner prepares to dedicated his Dancing On Ice performance to his pal this week.
Siva and Tom began working together after joining pop group The Wanted in 2009, alongside Jay McGuiness, Max George, and Nathan Sykes. With the lads growing extremely close during there time together in the band. Unfortunately, Tom passed away in March 2022, following his two year battle with an inoperable brain tumour. The band reunited for a greatest hits tour which concluded days before Tom passed away.
Now, nearly a year later, Siva is preparing to honour Tom, dedicating his performance to him on this week’s upcoming Dancing On Ice episode.
Ahead of hitting the ice, Siva stopped by Loose Women and confessed Tom’s passing changed “everything” about his life. Saying : “Tom was a man of action, and he always kinda gave you a reality check. And this was a big reality check. He just aslway shared ‘enjoy everyday like its your last.'”
View this post on Instagram
The 34-year-old also shared how he had been receiving signs from his late friend. Sharing a particularly emotion incident, which occurred recently.
“I see so many signs, I mean last night I went to a Jessie J concert,” he began, before becoming overcome with emotions.
“I’m going to get emotional,” he said, fighting back the tears.
Continuing on: “And I went to see Jessie J and she had a surprise guest, and it was Claude Kelly who is this amazing singer-songwriter but he was the writer of Gold Forever.”
Gold Forever was one of The Wanted’s biggest hits, which they performed together often.
Siva also revealed that Tom was his inspiration to sign up for Dancing On Ice.
“He always loved to see me win. So I’m sure he’s watching now, saying, ‘what an idiot but amazing!'” he shared.
Confessing his Elvis performance during the show would have had Tom in stitches, Siva also shared the special connection Tom had to the routine. Telling the panel: “He would have loved that! And also I keep thinking Dancing On Ice are stitching me up.”
“They didn’t plan this, but Elvis’ manager his name was Tom Parker. Like, are you kidding me?!”