SIMON Thomas has admitted that Mother’s Day is “hard to stomach” in an emotional letter to his son after the death of his wife.
The Sky Sports anchor and former Blue Peter presenter, 45, had his life turned upside down when Gemma, 40, fell victim to acute myeloid leukaemia just before Christmas 2017.
He shared a lengthy message to his son on Instagram and told of his ‘searing pain’ that Gemma isn’t there to watch him grow up.
He wrote: “We thought she’d always be there to guide you. To be right behind you as you grew, matured and began to spread your wings.
“We thought the love and wisdom she poured into your life would never cease to flow. We took it for granted that those days wouldn’t end for a long, long time.
“I feel so blessed that my Mum has always been there for me and that her love and support for me has never diminished. I’m blessed that on this day she is still here to send flowers to and to say thank you, and I love you.
“But I feel heartbroken that for my boy Mother’s Day is forever more going to be a very, very different day. A day when he will remember her and give thanks for all she did for him in those eight short years, but a day that will also be laced with the searing pain of her absence.”
Simon said that he empathised with families who are going through a similar tough time and urged people to reach out to loved ones who may be feeling lonely on Mothering Sunday.
He said: “I’m glad we have a day when we celebrate our mums; but for so many today is going to be really tough. The past few weeks of Mother’s Day signs adorning most shops has been hard to stomach.
“For those you know who will today be missing a mum no longer here, missing a dad who won’t be there to make them feel special, a friend mourning the loss of a son or a daughter, or those enduring the painful, dashed hopes of being a mum – give them a hug. Give them a call. Invite them over. Let them know they’re not alone.”
The former Blue Peter presenter, who describes himself as a “man of faith”, revealed recently he had met someone who was a Christian and had “empathy” towards him but he did not name her.
The Sun on Sunday revealed that she is 27-year-old Derrina Jebb.
In an interview last month Simon revealed his relationship was helping him “define life again”.
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He said: “You have to try and find some kind of life again.
“I think you’ve got two choices — you either give up on life and remain in a cage and if some people want to do that, that’s totally fine. It’s not for people to judge.”
It is said the couple are taking things “very slowly” but Derrina, who works in the legal profession, has been an “incredible support” to Simon over recent months.
A source said: “The relationship came as a shock because it was not something Simon was looking for at all. But as soon as he met Derrina the pair had a connection.”
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