‘Shaking’ Simon Thomas comforted as he opens up about backlash over new romance

Simon Thomas was comforted by the Loose Women panel today as he opened up about the backlash over his new relationship.

Appearing on the ITV daytime show today, host Andrea McLean asked whether he was ok and remarked on the fact that he was "shaking".

But Simon quipped: "I’ve just not been surrounded by this many woman in a while!"

The presenter and son Ethan were left devastated after wife and mum Gemma died in November 2017 just days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.

Speaking about his new relationship, Simon said that it was "still early stages".

"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."

He added: "I didn’t expect to be in a relationship this early but I want to be happy."

Simon explained that many people just "can’t understand" what it is like to lose someone like Gemma and to try and find love again.

This comes after Simon’s young son reduced Good Morning Britain viewers to tears earlier this month as he joined his dad to speak about the impact of his mum’s death.

Appearing on the GMB sofa to promote the ITV programme’s loneliness campaign, Ethan was asked how he was coping with his mum’s death.

He quietly told his dad: "I’m still sad but I still have you."

Sky Sports presenter Simon said: "Listen it has been hard, it has been horrendous,… in the early period it felt like time stood still."

"I think as any parent who’s [lost] another half you feel so much pain on their behalf," Simon said. "he lost years they’ve had with lose ones… I can just about deal with my own grief and pain but then i see him playing on his own."

He then quietly appeared to promise Ethan that he would on day have a a little brother or sister.

Asked about the cards that his dad left in his lunch, Ethan said: "I thought that even if I m at school i still feel like daddy is still with me."

Speaking about how school dealt with the tragedy, Ethan said: "My teaching assistant helped me because she let me make these cards so that when i feel sad or lonely I can write these cards and have some time out."

The presenter revealed that his son was back at school within a week, explaining: "I wanted to encourage him because this is the biggest thing he’s going to face."

And viewers were in tears and flocked to Twitter.

One tweeted: "@SimonThomasSky on #gmb an amazing daddy and little boy @GMB."

While another commented: "@SimonThomasSky your son is a credit to you and your late wife ❤️ I wish you both a blessed Christmas ❤️ @GMB #gmb."

A third remarked: "@SimonThomasSky amazing interview on #GMB this morning, I’m in tears before I leave the house! I bet you are rightly very proud of your young man x."

*Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV

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