Simon Thomas is taking a break from social media

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Former Sky Sports and Blue Peter presenter Simon Thomas has announced he is taking a break from social media after revealing he was in a new relationship.

The presenter lost his wife Gemma a year ago, who passed away from acute myeloid leukaemia, and explained earlier this week that he was in the "early stages" of a new relationship.

Thomas, who has been vocal on social media, has now said he is "taking a break" with a picture of a sunset 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," he explained.

Talking about his new girlfriend this week, Simon explained: "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.

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"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."

He added that he was in no way "replacing" his late wife, continuing: "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."

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