Former Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas says his friends 'deserted' him after his wife Gemma died last year
Simon has been raising the couple's son Ethan as a single father after he lost Gemma to leukemia in November last year
Former Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas has spoken out about how his friends "deserted" him after the tragic loss of his wife Gemma to leukemia in November last year. He then clarified that his friends have been an "incredible" support to him after his wife died but lost contact with some of them in the months that followed after the tragedy.
Appearing on ITV's 'Good Morning Britain' on Friday, Simon said: "It has been hard. It's been horrendous. It's been the toughest thing you can go through, especially in the early period as it felt like time was standing still. For the first six or seven weeks, my family was incredible."
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He continued: "But there were one or two people who would text and say 'We are with you every step of the way, we are going to be alongside you'. And you look back at those text messages from a year ago and you think 'Where have you been?' Back up what you’re pledging."
Simon has been raising the couple's son Ethan as a single father after he lost Gemma. He also spoke candidly about the burden of carrying his son's pain with him as well as his own.
He said: "When kids are involved you feel so much pain on their behalf because one thing you both mourn is for mummy. The years we thought she'd have ahead as my wife and his mum, and the years he [Ethan] should have enjoyed. Suddenly that's snatched away, you feel a huge amount of pain. I can just about deal with my own pain and grief."
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Nine-year-old Ethan appeared with his father on the talk show as they both spoke of their experience losing Gemma. Simon praised his child for helping him through a tough situation and helping him get out of bed every morning. He said: "I have to do the school run. Being a single parent is the hardest thing but Ethan is a massive blessing, but it’s hard work."
Gemma died of leukemia in November last year after receiving a diagnosis for the disease just three days before. She left behind Simon and their then eight-year-old son Ethan.