Widowed Simon Thomas says late wife Gemma would be happy he’s in a new relationship.
Former Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas has said his late wife Gemma would be happy that he’s in a new relationship, following her death.
The widowed father-of-one, 45, said he knows Gemma – who died aged 40 in November last year, just four days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia – would have wanted him to find happiness again.
Simon, who hasn’t named his new partner, admitted that he ‘didn’t expect to be in a relationship this early’, but explained ‘you have to try and find some kind of life again.’
It comes after Simon shared a picture of the teddy bear he has had made from his late wife Gemma’s dressing gown, as a Christmas present for nine-year-old son Ethan.Speaking about his new relationship on Loose Women today, Simon said: ‘It’s early stages. You have to try and find some kind of life again.
‘You’ve got two choices, you either give up on life, and kind of remain in a cave. That’s totally fine – that’s not for anyone to judge.’I just want to be happy again. I know Gemma would want to me to be happy.
‘I didn’t expect to be in a relationship this early. But when it came, I thought why can’t I be?’While appearing on the programme, Simon also described how he has kept going for son Ethan.
He explained how it was difficult for the youngster to go back to school following Gemma’s death, having to face the reality that ‘he’s never going to see his mummy at the school gate again.’
Earlier today, Simon shared a photograph of a blue and white striped teddy he had made for son Ethan for Christmas.
The toy was inscribed with the words: ‘My darling Ethan, I love you with all of my heart and always will, your mummy xxx.’
Sharing a picture of the toy, Simon posted: ‘Just love this so much. A Christmas present for the boy made out of Gemma’s dressing gown.’Thank you so much to the talented Tara Finlay for making something that he’ll treasure and find comfort from forever.’
The post racked up over 2,000 likes in just an hour, with followers praising the thoughtful gesture.
‘What a lovely idea!’, one person wrote. Another added: ‘It will give so much comfort to Ethan. My husband’s grandfather passed away last month and we have a memory bear for his gran for Christmas. A friend of mine made a shirt out of one of the shirts for the bear and we can’t wait to give it to her.’
Sharing her own story, one woman wrote: ‘This is amazing. I’m 27 and I lost my mum in July. I even think I’d find comfort in this’.
It has been just over a year after Gemma died last November, after she was sent home for bed rest by her GP after visiting three times with flu-like symptoms.