• Home
  • News
  • Entertainment
  • LAD Originals

U OK M8?
Free To Be
Extinct
Citizen Reef

To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Not now
OK

Simon Thomas Marries Girlfriend Derrina Jeb Four Years After His First Wife's Death

Tom Wood

Published 
| Last updated 

Simon Thomas Marries Girlfriend Derrina Jeb Four Years After His First Wife's Death

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Simon Thomas

Former Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas has married his girlfriend Derrina Jebb, four years after the tragic death of his wife Gemma.

The TV presenter shared an Instagram post announcing the happy news, and also showed how his son was the best man for their ceremony at Norwich Cathedral.

In the picture shared, 48-year-old Simon and 30-year-old Derrina look as happy as can be, and could be seen holding hands as they walked down the aisle together as man and wife.

He captioned the photo: "Love. Wins."

Former Blue Peter presenter Angellica Bell seems to have been one of the guests lucky enough to attend the ceremony, as she shared another post that read: "Thank you for letting us share your special day."

Simon had previously been married to Gemma Thomas until her death in 2017. The pair had one son, 11-year-old Ethan.

Gemma died suddenly, just three days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.

Simon later wrote a book about his tragic experience, entitled Love, Interrupted: Navigating Grief One Day At A Time.

Simon Thomas with his now-wife Derrina Jebb and his son Ethan. Credit: Instagram/Simon Thomas
Simon Thomas with his now-wife Derrina Jebb and his son Ethan. Credit: Instagram/Simon Thomas

In that book, he described the grief and guilt he had suffered after Gemma died for not insisting she seek medical treatment sooner.

He wrote: "In her final week, she went to the GP twice, but each time was sent home without even a blood test. Whenever I relive that time in my mind, the guilt is always there, nagging away at me.

"I'm still asking myself those same questions: 'Why the hell didn't you do something? Why didn't you pick her up, carry her to the car and take her straight to hospital before it got so bad?'"

Around a year after Gemma's death, he revealed he was dating once again, and described Derrina on BBC Radio 5 Live as an 'amazing woman who has stood shoulder to shoulder with me in some of my darkest hours and has become a rock not just for me, but for my boy, too.'

Credit: Instagram/Simon Thomas
Credit: Instagram/Simon Thomas

Simon's son Ethan, as well as friend Dan Ritchie, performed their roles as best men, and Ethan was photographed wearing a suit and waistcoat while delivering his speech.

Sharing that photo, Simon wrote: "And I couldn't have asked for two better best men - my legend of a mate @danjmritchie and Ethan whose speech was just... well... amazing. We're so so proud of him."

Congratulations, guys.

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, UK Entertainment

Tom Wood
More like this

Chosen for YouChosen for You

News

Ian Brown issues savage response to fan following gig backlash

7 hours ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

History made as NASA smashes £300m spaceship into asteroid at 15,000mph

2 hours ago