The Wanted singer Jay McGuiness has paid tribute to his bandmate Tom Parker, who died last month.

Parker died at the age of 33 after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 2020.

McGuiness took to Instagram to share his heartbreaking tribute, writing: “I don’t know where you are now, but I am so honoured we got to spend time together on earth. An honour.

“I keep reminding myself to be grateful for that time, and I really really am. I am.

“You knew how to live life, fearlessly and with heart. You were so reassuring to be around. What a man. I can’t believe that it’s all memories now, every single memory now is priceless.

The Bolton News: Tom Parker, Max George, Nathan Sykes, Jay McGuinness and Siva Kaneswaran (PA)Tom Parker, Max George, Nathan Sykes, Jay McGuinness and Siva Kaneswaran (PA)

"Life is a gift and you made use of yours in the most powerful ways, you made your dreams come true, you found the love of your life, you brought two beautiful humans down to earth, you sang so so powerfully and beautifully and that will never die.

"Everyone remembers the day they met you. You didn’t slip into anyone’s life quietly, you hit them like a ton of bricks and looked them square in the eyes. You talked to absolutely everyone as if they were no more and no less than you. What a man.

"You really took your place in the world and you are so loved. I just wish you had more time, that’s selfish. You did amazing things. I just miss you.

"Thank you for always being there for me, without fail, always turning up, always looking out, always setting me straight lol. Ok enough. Give ‘em Hell. I love you forever. from JayBird."

The Wanted was formed in 2009 and also included Max George, Siva Kaneswaran and Nathan Sykes. 

They had a number of top 10 hits such as Chasing The Sun, Walks Like Rihanna, Lightning and the number ones All Time Low and Glad You Came.

Parker was married to Kelsey and they shared two children, Aurelia and Bodhi.