Simon Thomas has revealed that he is in a new relationship one year on from the tragic death of his wife Gemma.
The former Blue Peter and Sky Sports presenter lost his wife last year at the age of 40. After suffering flu-like symptoms, Gemma was sent home from a GP three times and told to rest. She was then diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and died just three days later.
Speaking to Radio 5 live, the 45-year-old explained that he is in the “early stages” of a new relationship.
“I’m very aware she was someone I didn’t know before and have got to know over the last few weeks and months,” he said.
“Right from the early stages, she had this empathy towards me. She’s Christian as well and that’s important to me as a man of faith.
“She’s been an incredible support for me. She was the only person who would always pick up the phone.
“What I saw in her, I saw in Gemma. When she said my phone is always on, she meant it.”
Simon, who has 9-year-old son Ethan from his marriage with Gemma, added that he was in no way “replacing” his late wife.
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Seven years ago today we upped sticks and moved to Reading from London. In the end we only got six and a bit together. Life can be cruelly short. Be thankful for what you have. Love life – live it.
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“This is potentially an area that can cause a lot of hurt,” he explained. “There’s a lot of misunderstanding that comes from this – we equate meeting someone else with forgetting the person who’s gone.
“There are no shoes left to be filled. There will never be another Gemma.
“We are unique – we come to the table with our different personalities. If you’re embarking on a new relationship, comparing is ultimately a futile task. There is no comparison.”
He went on: “It’s not my fault what happened to Gemma – it’s nobody’s fault.
“This person is helping me define life again, helping me to feel happy again.
“I can completely understand why some people do [feel that way]. But for most people we lose, they won’t want us to remain in this empty landscape of grief.”
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