Widower says his wife would want him to find a new love

Jake Coates, who lost his childhood sweetheart Emmy against cancer last summer, found love with Jenna Selby (pictured) eight months later

A widower who found love eight months after the death of his late wife insists that she would be happy for him.

Jake Coates, 33, of Monmouth, Wales, met his childhood sweetheart Emmy Collett when they were both 11 years old and married in September 2016 while battling thyroid cancer.

And only eight months later, a new relationship with the events coordinator, Jenna Selby, started, which provoked a mixed reaction from both her Instagram followers and the Emmy family.

Emmy's sister, Sophie Collett, was particularly upset with the news that her sister would be "devastated."

Jake Coates, who lost his childhood sweetheart Emmy against cancer last summer, found love with Jenna Selby (pictured) eight months later

Jake Coates, who lost his childhood sweetheart Emmy against cancer last summer, found love with Jenna Selby (pictured) eight months later

Jake insists that his late wife Emmy (pictured) wanted him to find someone

Jake insists that his late wife Emmy (pictured) wanted him to find someone

Jake insists that his late wife Emmy (pictured) wanted him to find someone

However, former doctor Jake spoke for the first time since meeting Jenna, claiming that his late wife wanted him to find love.

Speaking to the mirror, Jake said, "Emmy wanted me to be happy, she wanted me to meet someone, she told me that.

The artist said he also felt "disappointed" by Emmy's family.

He continued: "I will never say anything personally against Emmy's family, but I did feel disappointed.

"I think if I had gone out and said I had a girlfriend then, now or even a year from now, it would have been a difficult pill to swallow for some people."

After announcing their relationship in February, Emmy's sister claimed that she would have been "devastated"

After announcing their relationship in February, Emmy's sister claimed that she would have been "devastated"

After announcing their relationship in February, Emmy's sister claimed that she would have been "devastated"

Sophie was responding to the photograph that Jake shared and titled "Who is a lucky guy?" before a trip to Iceland

Sophie was responding to the photograph that Jake shared and titled "Who is a lucky guy?" before a trip to Iceland

Sophie was responding to the photograph that Jake shared and titled "Who is a lucky guy?" before a trip to Iceland

Jake revealed his new relationship through Instagram in February, where he described Jenna, who shares the same brown hair and green eyes as his late wife and bears a strange resemblance to Emmy as his "charming little trickster", but the message provoked a mixed reaction of followers.

Some insisted they were delighted to see him find happiness again, but a commentator who said that Emmy "would want him to be happy" provoked a heated response from his sister.

Sophie Collett replied that she was "lost of words in the face of insensibility".

"I can assure her that this would break her heart and leave her devastated as she has with so many of us," she said.

Emmy died of thyroid cancer at the age of 31. Before dying, her eggs were harvested and fertilized with Jake's sperm and later she revealed plans for a substitute to carry her baby.

Emmy died of thyroid cancer at the age of 31. Before dying, her eggs were harvested and fertilized with Jake's sperm and later she revealed plans for a substitute to carry her baby.

Emmy died of thyroid cancer at the age of 31. Before dying, her eggs were harvested and fertilized with Jake's sperm and later she revealed plans for a substitute to carry her baby.

The happy couple on their wedding day. Emmy did not know how much time she had to live when they walked down the hall

The happy couple on their wedding day. Emmy did not know how much time she had to live when they walked down the hall

The happy couple on their wedding day. Emmy did not know how much time she had to live when they walked down the hall

& # 39; She would never have driven like this. This publication and the way in which everything has been done is the opposite of what she defended and how she chose to live her life: to be kind to others and to be disinterested. "

Jake did not respond directly to Sophie's comments, but thanked the followers for "lovely positive words."

He admitted that he had eliminated the negative comments since he does not have "space". in their lives for them and that the people who wrote them do not know what happened.

"I'm doing the best I can every day and I do everything I can to be happy," he explained.

Jake (pictured with Jenna) said he was "disappointed" by the comments he received from Emmy's family

Jake (pictured with Jenna) said he was "disappointed" by the comments he received from Emmy's family

Jake (pictured with Jenna) said he was "disappointed" by the comments he received from Emmy's family

Jenna regularly shares photos of her and her boyfriend on her Instagram account

Jenna regularly shares photos of her and her boyfriend on her Instagram account

Jenna regularly shares photos of her and her boyfriend on her Instagram account

New bride Jenna, a family mother, worked in events, marketing and communications for brands such as LVMH and HSBC before opening her own creative consultancy, organizing events and experiences.

Jake met his childhood sweetheart Emmy Collett when they were both 11, but the couple separated for college.

In 2015 they rejoiced when they got back together, despite Mr. Coates working as a doctor in Sydney and Ms. Collett as a teacher in London.

They used to talk to each other on FaceTime every day and traveled back and forth around the world to maintain their relationship.

But within six months of being together again, the couple received the devastating news that Emmy had cancer after a vacation in the Philippines.

Mr. Coates published this emotional tribute to his deceased wife exactly one year after his wedding day

Mr. Coates published this emotional tribute to his deceased wife exactly one year after his wedding day

Mr. Coates published this emotional tribute to his deceased wife exactly one year after his wedding day

Jake described his late wife as "My co-captain on my bicycle." My best friend. My lobster My wife. And truly my hero & # 39;

Jake described his late wife as "My co-captain on my bicycle." My best friend. My lobster My wife. And truly my hero & # 39;

Jake described his late wife as "My co-captain on my bicycle." My best friend. My lobster My wife. And truly my hero & # 39;

Mrs. Collett, of Luckington, Wiltshire, who had suffered symptoms such as diarrhea, fatigue and enlarged lymph nodes, was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer.

He immediately flew back to the UK to be by his side and proposed only a few weeks later.

Just as the couple were going on vacation, they told Emmy that the cancer had already spread to her spine, lungs, liver and bones, and that she could never give birth.

She was taken to the Royal Marsden Hospital and told that she could have recovered completely if the disease had been diagnosed before.

Writing in his blog, Emmy explained: "They explained to me that my long-standing intestinal problems were due to the extremely high level of the hormone, calcitonin, secreted by the cancer cells.

Before her death, Emmy began raising funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and she and Jake went on a 2000 km tandem bicycle trip from London to Copenhagen.

Before her death, Emmy began raising funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and she and Jake went on a 2000 km tandem bicycle trip from London to Copenhagen.

Before her death, Emmy began raising funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and she and Jake went on a 2000 km tandem bicycle trip from London to Copenhagen.

"I needed to empty my bowel every 15 minutes, day and night, which was having a serious impact on my quality of life, which included extreme fatigue, irritated and blistered anus, weight loss and erratic menstruation."

Before her death, Emmy began raising funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and she and Jake He took part in a 2000 km tandem bicycle trip from London to Copenhagen, through Bruges and Amsterdam, along the North Sea cycling route, raising money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.


After her death in June 2017, her bereaved husband revealed his plans for a substitute to carry the baby that Emmy craved, using frozen embryos created before he died and running 10 marathons to raise funds in his memory.

Ms. Collett spoke with MailOnline last year and said: "My love affair with the school about Jake began almost 20 years ago when we were only 11 years old.

"We quickly became 'boyfriends of childhood' and, at 13, he told me that I was his lobster & # 39;

"When we were 16, we finally looked for the courage to fully admit our feelings and went out together for three years.

"Although at university we went our separate ways, we stayed close, but it took until October of last year, after 10 long years, to rekindle our romance."

Mr. Coates confirmed the heartbreaking news on his Facebook page in June 2017.

He wrote: "I feel completely lost and empty without her." I can not look at the passenger seat as I drive the car without the deepest pain spreading across my chest.

& # 39; And there is not a moment that happens when I do not miss her.

& # 39; She was my north, my south, my east, my west. The reason why I wanted to wake up every morning and be a better person.

"My co-captain on my bike, my best friend, my lobster, my wife, and truly my hero."

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