BBC presenter Rachael Bland's son, six, asks dad's new girlfriend 'are you my mummy now?' after her tragic death
THE husband of late BBC broadcaster Rachael Bland has revealed how their son asked his new girlfriend ‘are you my mummy now?’
Steve Bland, 40, from Cheshire, found love with NHS nurse Amy three years after he lost his wife to cancer.
Rachael did not only leave behind her husband but their son Freddie, age six, and Steve says that his little boy has built up a strong bond with his new girlfriend.
Speaking to the Mirror, Steve said: “They (Amy and Freddie) get on so well.
“I’ve heard him ask a couple of times, ‘Are you my mummy now?’ and she always says, ‘No, you’ll only ever have one mummy’.
“We’re never going to give her the label of mummy, but Rachael was very keen he’d have that kind of influence and figure in his life.”
Steve previously explained to Lorraine that he didn’t feel guilty about moving on with a new relationship as Rachael had “wanted him to be happy.”
Speaking on the ITV daytime show, the widower said: “It's one of the most common questions I get asked: 'Do I feel guilty?'
“Why should I? I'm 40 years old and I've got the rest of my life ahead of me.
“Rachael wanted me to be happy and wanted Freddie to be happy.
“We need to break down the taboo and stop worrying about being judged for it. We're trying to be happy and to make the most of life.”
He was married to Rachael, a Welsh journalist and presenter with BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC World News and BBC North West Tonight, for five years before she passed away.
She was known for her podcast, You, Me and the Big C which was broadcast while she was ill with breast cancer, and in which she discussed issues and treatment of the disease.
Steve met Amy, an advanced nurse practitioner at a cancer conference in Manchester in 2019, after he gave a talk about his late wife and her death from primary triple-negative breast cancer.
The broadcaster, who's running the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon for Macmillan, told Lorraine that dating after loss wasn't always easy for the person in the relationship who hasn't lost someone.
He said: “It's about looking forward and can be a tricky balance, it's something Amy and I have talked about. There's a lot of focus on the widow/widower. Rachael was high profile and it's really difficult to feel like you're not living in their shadow.”
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