Reverend Richard Coles is dealing with his grief following the death of his partner by making plans for the new year.
The Strictly Come Dancing star, 57, was left heartbroken when his civil partner David Coles, 42, lost his battle with illness just days before Christmas.
Richard has been sharing his sadness with fans on Twitter and explaining how he is trying to get on with his life.
In one poignant message, Richard explained the ways life at home is different without David.
He wrote: “Three things widowhood permits: I may park my bicycle in the hall; I may use D’s carving knife to cut up ANYTHING; I may ride a motorcycle.”
He’s even gone one step further by announcing plans to buy himself the motorcycle of his dream, adding: “There is no way David would have let me have a motorbike but I think I am going to get an eBike. Any tips?”
Richard is even planning a religious pilgrimage after the idea was suggested by a fan.
After he tweeted about the story of St John the Apostle, a fan asked if Richard would be planning a trip to the Greek island of Patmos – where the saint is supposed to have lived.
The follower tweeted: “Richard, have you been to Patmos? Such a lovely place, well beyond St John’s time there. A pilgrimage, perhaps?”
He replied: “No I haven’t but that’s a tremendous idea.”
Richard and David entered into a civil partnership after the Church of England allowed it in 2005 and they stayed in a celibate relationship.
They lived together in St Mary’s in Finedon, Northamptonshire with their dogs – and Richard would often talk about their life on his Radio 4 show.
According to Rev Coles’ official website, the couple lived together in their vicarage, “which is gradually being destroyed by … dachshunds Daisy, Pongo, Audrey and Horatio”.
After David’s death, which he announced on December 17, Richard thanked the “brilliant team” at Kettering General hospital for looking after him in his final days.
He tweeted: “I’m very sorry to say that @RevDavidColes has died. He had been ill for a while. Thanks to the brilliant teams who looked after him at @KettGeneral. Funeral details to follow.
“The Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.”
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