Jeff Brazier comforted a mother with just two months to live on This Morning today as Holly Willoughby fought back tears in a heartbreaking phone-in. The TV presenter tried to help Theresa who sobbed as she revealed her children face losing both their parents in the space of just a few months.
Jeff was in a similar position as he was left as a single dad to two boys after the death of his former partner Jade Goody in 2009. He was brought onto the show to answer questions from viewers and the first phone call was from a mum-of-three named Theresa.
She told Jeff, Holly and Philip Schofield that her husband died recently and she has just been given two months to live. Theresa sobbed as she revealed her kids are going to be left as orphans and they are refusing to accept her terminal diagnosis.
Jeff remained in a calm manner and tried his best to give advice to the caller, who became distressed as she admitted one of her sons was having a particularly tough time accepting the news.
Holly looked like she was close to tears as she tried to calm Theresa and told her to stay on the line as the production team are keen to give her advice and get her some help.
Phil added: “We will talk to everyone and Theresa is top of the list.”
As expected, the call left many viewers in tears as they expressed their feelings on Twitter and described the call as utterly “heartbreaking”.
One wrote: “Gosh my heart just shattered listening to Theresa @thismorning #ThisMorning hope u can help her and the family…”
— Wendy Hill (@woowoowend) October 5, 2017
Another added: “My heart is breaking for that poor woman #ThisMorning.”
My heart is breaking for that poor woman 😖😖 #ThisMorning
— Ellie Parker 🖤 (@EllieFParker) October 5, 2017
A third wrote: “Omg #thismorning got me like I can’t imagine how she must feel. #staystrong.”
— jessi_n (@jessi_LDN) October 5, 2017
Today’s show hosted a phone-in about grief after a moving interview with Rio Ferdinand, who described raising his kids alone after the death of his wife.
Rio Ferdinand has finally opened up about his romance with Kate Wright by revealing he’s “in a relationship” and it’s “going really well”. The footballer appeared on This Morning yesterday and was spotted without his wedding ring for the first time since his wife Rebecca died of cancer.
Kate Wright, 26, is Rio’s first relationship since the tragic death of his wife Rebecca, who lost her battle with cancer aged just 34 in 2015, leaving him to raise their three kids alone. He kept their relationship out of the spotlight for as long as possible, but they have recently started to share snaps of themselves together online.
Rio, 38, has spoken out about their relationship for the first time, telling hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield that he is finally happy again.
He said: “I’m really happy, the kids are happy.
“I’m in a relationship and it’s going well. My kids deserve to be happy.”
He also stated that he made sure his children were involved in all his relationship choices and were involved in “any decisions that affect their lives”.
Rio said: “They have to be part of that conversation [about my relationships]… There has not been any stage in this relationship they have not been part of.
“From the introducing… I will always make sure they are part of any conversation that can affect their lives.”
During the show, Rio also opened up about allowing himself to cry in front of his kids after spending years bottling up his emotions. He has been encouraging his youngsters to be honest about their emotions as they continue to mourn their mother.
The former Manchester United and England football star has also vowed to say “I love you” to all his family and friends after admitting he didn’t say it enough to his wife or his mum, who died earlier this year.
Rio said: “I never saw affection and love [growing up]… [As a footballer] if you saw any guys showing emotion that might mean they’re not good enough…
“[I worry about not saying I love you enough]… They are the things that will keep you up at night and stick around…
“Now I am not making the same mistake with my kids, my kids [the people] I love to know exactly how I feel about them.”
Kate and Rio grew close with each other last December but deliberately kept their relationship away from prying eyes. They were first pictured together in Portugal and Kate has shown her closeness with Rio’s children and sister Sian on social media.
Kate also shared a picture of herself cuddling Rio’s daughter Tia, six, in a picture from their family holiday in Portugal. Kate, who quit Towie this year, has now walked away from the spotlight entirely in order to help raise Rio’s three children Lorenz, 11 and Tate, nine and daughter Tia, six.
She said: “I’m taking a step back from the public eye, I want to keep my life private as I lived my previous relationship on Towie, my priority right now is Rio and the family.”
Kate will no longer be working with her showbiz agent as she turns her back on the industry, also cutting ties with several brands.
A friend said: “Kate left Towie because she wanted to be away from the limelight.
“But interest continued to be sky high and she struggled to visit the gym and go on holiday in peace.
“She hopes having no links with brands and no longer being on TV will help give her the quiet life she longs for with her new family.”
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