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Presenter Simon Thomas and Steve Bland share heartache after death of their wives

They both spoke on their son's losses ahead of Mother's Day

Simon Thomas has opened up on his devastation as his young son Ethan is forgetting memories of his late mum, Simon’s wife, Gemma.

Gemma Thomas, died in November 2017 just days after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.

Sky Sports presenter Simon appeared on This Morning along with late BBC star Rachel Bland’s husband Steve to speak about dealing with grief.

Simon Thomas
Simon was very honest about his grief (Credit: This Morning YouTube)

Simon, 46, revealed that he used to leave notes in Ethan’s lunch box after Gemma’s passing, but he stopped when he thought the nine-year-old didn’t want them anymore.

He explained that Ethan then asked why he had stopped because he now wants the notes “more than ever.”

“Ethan has a different understanding of death,” Simon said as he compared him to Steve’s three-year-old Freddie.

“What has been really hard for him that the everyday memories of mum are starting to fade,” he continued.

Simon also recalled that Ethan asked if his mum had ever packed his lunches, adding: “Nearly sixteen months later the memories of mum are fading.”

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Both men spoke to hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby (Credit: This Morning YouTube)

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Steve also bravely opened up on his struggles after losing his partner Rachel last year.

Rachel, who was a host on BBC Radio 5 Live, wrote a book for their young son Freddie.

Steve Bland
Steve lost his wife Rachel last year (Credit: This Morning YouTube)

When asked about the effect Rachel’s death has had on their child, Steve said: “He understands that mummy has gone… but I think he thinks ‘died’ is a place.”

Broadcaster Rachel sadly lost her battle with breast cancer in September 2018.

In December last year, Simon also opened up about his new relationship and how he was dealing with moving on.

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He was interviewed about Gemma on Loose Women last year (Credit: Loose Women YouTube)

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During an interview on Loose Women, he said: “You have to try and find some kind of life again. When people go through something like this you can give up on life… I just want to be happy again.

“I didn’t expect to be in a relationship this early but I want to be happy.”

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