Former Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas has candidly opened up about his wife's death last year, admitting that her sudden passing was "brutal" for him and their son.
Gemma tragically passed away in November just three days after being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, which is an aggressive cancer of white blood cells.
Appearing on Lorraine today (July 12), Simon revealed he was writing a book about his experience, admitting that it was important to confront grief.
Talking about son, Ethan, he said: "He surprises me every day in how he's dealing with it. I think what I'm beginning to discover as the weeks go on is that his grief is beginning to manifest itself a little bit more.
"I think when a kid goes through this and you're the only one left – in terms of immediate family he's only got me; he's got his granny and aunties and uncles, but in terms of immediate family, it's just me.
"And a child wants to protect you, and they don't necessarily want to tell you everything that's going on in his head."
Admitting that his son helps him too, Simon continued: "This is where grief gets you, it's in the mundane. I was just upstairs, mountain of washing like lots of single parents have to deal with, trying to get through it all... all the things we used to share, now it's just on you.
"And I just started crying. It hit me again, I'm on my own, I've got to struggle through this on my own. Within 20 seconds I hear the pitter-patter of feet upstairs, and he comes up and gives me a massive hug. He says, 'Daddy, it will be okay'."
The former Blue Peter presenter also described the loneliness and change as "brutal", reflecting of that time: "As she left the house that Monday night, Ethan's in bed, thinking he's going to see mummy in the morning. She never walked back into the house ever again."
Simon also spoke about writing his book, revealing he wanted to find hope out of the darkness: "How do you find hope again? Life cannot be the same again, but it can surely be as good again, so I thought I need to start pursuing that."
Following the sad news, Simon announced in April that he was leaving Sky Sports, devoting his time to taking care of Ethan.
Lorraine airs weekday at 8.30am on ITV.
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