Simon Thomas and his wife Gemma (Credit: Instagram @gemmarthomas)
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Simon Thomas pens heartbreaking message alongside pic of late wife and son

His wife passed away last year

Simon Thomas has expressed his heartbreak for his son Ethan having to spend the rest of his life without his mum.

The presenter’s wife Gemma tragically passed away last year at the age of 40, three days after she was told she had leukaemia.

Taking to Instagram on Saturday, Simon said he is struggling with the fact he can’t give his son what he really wants – to just have his mum back.

Saw a brilliant post today by @onefitwidow about bringing up kids after loss. If you don’t follow her and have been through something similar she is well worth a follow. I can just about cope with my own grief, I can just about deal with my own pain but the biggest agony of all is the agony I feel for my boy. Last night I watched him fall asleep on the sofa, as I picked him up and carried him to bed all I could think about was this young, innocent life now having to navigate the rest of his life – the highs, the lows, the challenges and the big life milestones without his mum by his side. As his Dad the single hardest part to accept is I can do precisely nothing to change this. What he wants more than anything is the impossible. Even God, on the day she died was unwilling to change this. For any parent we would do anything for our children and most of all we want to wrap them up in love and protect them. Death rips this to shreds. Every day, whether at the school gate, with family or friends he is presented with the same tough reality – his friends and family all have the one thing he has had taken from him, his Mum. For all single parents facing this Christmas alone, I salute you, it’s a tough tough path to walk.

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He shared a throwback photo of Gemma cuddling with little Ethan.

Simon wrote: “I can just about cope with my own grief, I can just about deal with my own pain but the biggest agony of all is the agony I feel for my boy.

“Last night I watched him fall asleep on the sofa, as I picked him up and carried him to bed all I could think about was this young, innocent life now having to navigate the rest of his life – the highs, the lows, the challenges and the big life milestones without his mum by his side.”

Simon said all his son wants is to have his mum back (Credit: Instagram)

He continued: “As his Dad the single hardest part to accept is I can do precisely nothing to change this. What he wants more than anything is the impossible.

“Even God, on the day she died was unwilling to change this. For any parent we would do anything for our children and most of all we want to wrap them up in love and protect them.

Gemma passed away last year (Credit: Instagram)

“Death rips this to shreds.”

Simon said Ethan is “presented with the same tough reality” every day when he sees his friends and family “all have the one thing he has had taken away from him, his mum”.

Simon concluded the lengthy post: “For all single parents facing this Christmas alone, I salute you, it’s a tough tough path to walk.”

Simon recently revealed he’s found love again (Credit: ITV)

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The former Sky Sports presenter recently revealed he’s found love again following Gemma’s death.

Speaking on Loose Women earlier this month, Simon explained: “You have to try and find some kind of life again. I think you’ve got two choices, you either give up on life and remain in a cage and if some people want to do that, that’s totally fine. It’s not for people to judge.”

He added: “I just want to be happy again and I know Gemma would want me to be happy. I didn’t expect to be in a relationship this early, I really didn’t, but when it comes you think, ‘Well, why can’t I be?'”

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