Simon Thomas has announced he’s taking some time away from social media – a day after revealing he’s found love again since the tragic loss of his wife Gemma last year.
The 45-year-old Sky Sports presenter shared a calming image of a boat at sunrise with his 81,000 Instagram followers, with the words: “Taking a break” written across it.
He captioned the shot: “Will be back in a couple of weeks to tell you about a new role I am taking on with @bloodwise and a big challenge I’m attempting next summer to raise money and awareness for #bloodcancer. God Bless and thanks for some very lovely support yesterday.”
On Tuesday, Simon revealed he was in the early stages of a new relationship after tragically losing his wife Gemma in November 2017.
The former Blue Peter host said his new partner had been an “incredible support” to himself and his son Ethan after Gemma passed away just three days after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.
Simon revealed that, while it felt “strange” to be in a relationship again, he could never replace his late wife.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, the presenter 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.”
“Sometimes I struggle with the phrase ‘moving on’ – I don’t think you ever really do move on from what’s happened,” he continued.
“That hole that a loved one leaves doesn’t shrink over time. Life begins to grow around it. You begin to deal with some of the challenges grief throws up, being a single parent throws up.
“But I’ve got two choices. Give up – I can’t do that, I don’t want to do that, I’ve got a boy to bring up, I promised Gemma.”
He added: “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.”
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