Simon Thomas has revealed he’s taking a break from social media after announcing he’s in a new relationship.
The former Sky News presenter revealed on Tuesday that he’s “in the early stages” of a new romance after tragically losing his wife Gemma a year ago to cancer.
On Wednesday, he thanked his fans for “some very lovely support” as he revealed he’s taking some time away from social media.
Alongside a photo of a sunset and the words “taking a break”, Simon wrote on Instagram: “Will be back in a couple of weeks to tell you about a new role I am taking on with @bloodwise and a big challenge I’m attempting next summer to raise money and awareness for #bloodcancer.
“God Bless and thanks for some very lovely support yesterday.”
It came after he confirmed his new relationship during an appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday.
He said his new romance has been an “incredible support” for him following Gemma’s tragic death.
“She became slowly and surely this incredible support for me”
— Radio 5 Live on BBC Sounds (@bbc5live) 6 November 2018
Gemma passed away in November last year at the age of 40 from acute myeloid leukaemia just three days after she was diagnosed.
Speaking about his new relationship, Simon said: “I’m very aware she was someone I didn’t know before and have got to know over the last few weeks and months.
“Right from the early stages – she had this empathy towards me. She’s Christian as well and that’s important to me as a man of faith.”
Simon – who has a son Ethan with Gemma – continued: “She’s been an incredible support for me. She was the only person who would always pick up the phone.
“What I saw in her, I saw in Gemma. When she said my phone is always on, she meant it.”
Simon didn’t identify his new partner, however, admitted he’s starting to feel “in love”.
Even though he’s beginning a new relationship, Simon insisted Gemma has not been “replaced”.
He said: “This is potentially an area that can cause a lot of hurt. There’s a lot of misunderstanding that comes from this – we equate meeting someone else with forgetting the person who’s gone.
“There are no shoes left to be filled. There will never be another Gemma. We are unique – we come to the table with our different personalities. If you’re embarking on a new relationship, comparing is ultimately a futile task. There is no comparison.”
He added: “It’s not my fault what happened to Gemma – it’s nobody’s fault. This person is helping me define life again, helping me to feel happy again.”
Simon also said he intends to take his time introducing his new partner to Gemma’s family.