A widower who found new love six months after his childhood sweetheart died of thyroid cancer has split from his partner, it is claimed.
Pride of Britain winner Jake Coates, 33, stole the hearts of the nation by raising £142,000 for charity with wife Emmy, 31, as she was dying of cancer.
But within months of her death in June 2017 he began dating mum-of-one Jenna Elsby and hit back at claims he found love again too quickly, insisting: “Emmy wanted me to meet someone.”
Emmy’s sister Sophie publicly slammed her brother-in-law for “disrespecting” her sister, who she claimed would be “heartbroken”.
The romance sparked a backlash from Emmy’s grieving family and followers of her inspirational blog.
Almost a year on from the start of the relationship, Jake and Jenna, who moved in together in Hersham, Surrey, are understood to have split and moved out of the property, the Sun Online reports.
Jake had been helping to promote Jenna’s food and lifestyle business on social media. A link to their website – 4point2lifestyle.com – directs visitors to Jenna’s personal website.
It is believed the son of businessman Derek Coates has been living at his family’s home in Monmouth, South Wales, since the split.
His mother Jane Crockford, 60, had said Jake “was crucified” by critics when his wife Emmy died and now again, forcing him to come off social media.
Emmy, a primary school teacher, died in June 2017, less than a year after marrying Jake and just 18 months after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
In August last year, Jake defended his relationship with Jenna, telling the Sunday Mirror: “I will never personally say anything against Emmy’s family but I did feel let down.
“I think if I had come out and said I had a girlfriend then, now or even a year from now, it would have been a hard pill for some people to swallow.
“Emmy wanted me to be happy. She wanted me to meet someone, she told me that.”
In February last year, Jake revealed he had abandoned plans to have their baby using her frozen embryos and a surrogate mother after two failed attempts.
Three months before that he had accepted an award for Fundraiser of the Year on behalf of Emmy at the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain awards.
He had raised money for the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, by running marathons.
It was shortly after the awards that Jenna – a marketing expert and lifestyle writer – got in touch to offer her help.
They began exchanging messages, went on a business lunch in London just before Christmas in 2017, and later started dating, with Jenna saying she felt like she had known him “my whole life”.
Jake said he felt an instant attraction to Jenna and for the first time he could see himself moving forward.
After their initial contact, they soon discovered plenty in common, with Jenna growing up in Chepstow, south Wales, near Jake in Monmouth.
Jake also worked as a doctor at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, and Jenna lived just a short walk away with her Australian husband and young son.
Jenna said last year: “I didn’t know much about his story because I’d been living abroad and then in my own merry hell going through a divorce with Charlie’s dad.”
During Jenna’s separation from her husband, she lost a friend to suicide and a very close friend to cancer.
“It’s something I lived through first hand,” Jenna said. “We were just in a really similar situation.
“Bad stuff had happened and we were both a bit war beaten.
“But we both have a really similar outlook on life which is it’s about the here and now and looking forward and creating happiness, whatever that means, every day.”
At the time, the couple said they were planning children and a book about their lives.
Mirror Online has attempted to contact Jake and Jenna for comment about the reported split.