Holly Willoughby bursts into tears as Simon Thomas describes heartbreaking moment he lost his wife

Posted on Feb 27 2018 - 3:03pm by admin

Things got very emotional on the This Morning sofa

EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO MERCHANDISING IN US EXCLUSIVE RATES APPLY Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock (9440434cy) Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby with Simon Thomas and Dr Andy Peniket ‘This Morning’ TV show, London, UK – 27 Feb 2018 EXCLUSIVE: SIMON THOMAS ON THE AGONY OF LOSING HIS WIFE TO CANCER In his first interview since his wife Gemma died, Simon Thomas joins us to talk about how he’s coping with the loss. It was back in November that his wife visited her doctors to complain of a headache, but it wasn’t until her third visit to the doctors in under a week, and a dash to A&E, that she was eventually diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. Three days later she passed away, leaving Simon and their eight-year-old son Ethan to carry on with their lives without her. Now, the TV presenter wants to raise awareness of the illness that took Gemma’s life. Simon joins us alongside Gemma’s consultant Dr Andy Peniket to talk about the condition alongside his struggles with losing Gemma and raising Ethan as a single dad.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield broke down on This Morning as Simon Thomas recalled the devastating moment he lost his wife Gemma.

The heartbreaking interview saw the Sky Sports presenter discuss his grief after Gemma died suddenly from blood cancer.

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby

Back in November, 40-year-old Gemma went to the doctors with a headache, but after three visits to the doctors and a trip to A&E she was eventually diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and died just three days later.

Recalling the last night he spent with his wife, Simon told the telly presenters: ‘The night before our close friends came round and prayed with her and all the results looked promising.


‘But later that night she began to become more confused and he had to help her to the bathroom. I put her back to bed at half four and that was the last time I spoke to her.’

As his voice cracked, the 45-year-old then added: ‘I never had the chance to even say goodbye.’

Former Blue Peter presenter, Simon also explained how he ‘screamed’ out when he learned Gemma had passed away and asked God: ‘Why have you left my boy without a mum?’

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But as the star revealed the tragic moment he had to break the news to his eight-year-old son Ethan, mum-of-three Holly couldn’t hold back her tears and had to be comforted by Phil.

‘I looked into his big brown eyes,’  Simon said. ‘And I told him he’d lost his mum.’

Overwhelmed by emotion, Holly then grabbed the tissues and praised the dad-of-one for being so brave.

Even 55-year-old Phil was left teary eyed at Simon’s heartbreaking story, as he added that he felt he’d never be able to completely get over the loss of his wife.

And it looks like Holly and Phil weren’t the only ones moved by Simon’s words, as ITV viewers took to Twitter to praise the honest interview.

Our hearts go out to Simon and his family at this terrible time.

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