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Simon Thomas talks about the tragic death of his wife Gemma and his new relationship: 'Gemma would want me to be happy'

SIMON THOMAS TALKS ABOUT LOSING HIS WIFE GEMMA TO BLOOD CANCER AND STARTING A NEW RELATIONSHIP

He lost his wife Gemma, mum of their son Ethan, in November 2017 - just three days after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia - and Simon talked to us about living with grief and campaigning for awareness of blood cancer.

Simon has been named president of charity Bloodwise, who raise money to fund research into all kinds of blood cancer.

Simon also opened up about being in the "early stages" of a new relationship.

"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,' Simon told us. "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?'"

Simon has come under criticism for starting a new relationship and says only people in his position would understand. "You never truly understand it but I don't want people to truly understand it because to understand it you have to walk in your shoes,' Simon said.

Watch the video to see the emotional interview with Simon.

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Love Island's Niall Aslam talks about having Asperger's for the first time with support from Jack Fincham

LOVE ISLAND'S NIALL ASLAM TALKS FOR THE FIRST TIME ABOUT HAVING ASPERGER'S

Niall left the Love Island villa nine days into the show after struggling to cope in the villa and soon after announced he has Asperger's.

And he joined us to talk for the first time about growing up with Asperger syndrome and his decision to go public with it.

“I haven’t been open at all. That Insta post [I wrote] was the first time they found out – my best friends. I didn’t want to get labelled," Niall explained. "A lot of people don’t understand that it’s a spectrum. If you come forward and say it to a lot people, you get tarred with the same brush. I’m high functioning as well. There’s high functioning and low functioning, there’s a lot that goes into it.”

And fellow Love Island star Jack Fincham sent a message of support for Niall too.

"I want to say a massive well done to my friend Niall for speaking out about his Apserger's. Me and Niall are obviously really good friends and the fact he's going on TV and speaking openly about Asperger's is wicked," Jack said. "He has been fantastic in using his platform to raise awareness. Well done Niall, fantastic, good work."

Niall also commented on Jack's spilt from girlfriend Dani Dyer. "I'm gutted for them. I thought they were a great couple," he said. "I just hope they're happy, both of them. I thought they were the real deal."

Watch the video for the full interview with Niall.

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Take That's Howard Donald dashes hopes of band reunion as he claims Jason Orange 'has gone off grid'

TAKE THAT'S HOWARD DONALD REVEALS HE IS NO LONGER ABLE TO SPEAK TO EX BANDMATE JASON ORANGE FOLLOWING HIM GOING TOTALLY OFF GRID

Howard Donald revealed live on Loose Women that him and his bandmates are no longer in contact with previous Take That Member Jason Orange!

"Jason's gone off the grid. He's not taking emails or phone calls or stuff like that, but that's good for him," Howard said. "He wants to be a million miles away from this at the moment."

However, dad-of-four Howard was quick to open the door for Jason's return if he ever wishes to do so. "Who knows in the near future... if he does [change his mind] he is welcome back anytime,' Howard explained.

The door is open for Robbie Williams and Jason to return, with Howard saying the current band - Howard, Gary Barlow and Mark Owen - are "really comfortable" as they get ready to embark on their latest tour.