Reverend Richard Coles has received a Valentine's card from his late partner David Coles, two months on from his death.
The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant revealed on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show's Pause For Thought segment that David had arranged the touching gesture for him before he passed.
Following an introduction from host Zoe Ball, the 57-year-old began: "Valentine’s Day, roses and chocolates, dinner for two, a carefully chosen card, with a carefully worded message, awaiting. Did you get one?
"I did, from my beloved, which came as rather a surprise, not because he is unromantic or forgetful, but because he died in December.
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”. pic.twitter.com/usvLDIBDv7— Richard Coles (@RevRichardColes) December 17, 2019
"With remarkable foresight he arranged for me a Valentine’s card before he departed, and I’m very touched and grateful. And a bit surprised, because in widowhood you think your days of wine and roses are done. Not so."
Coles continued the segment by discussing his recent experience on a cruise where after observing the interactions between older passengers he noted that "romance is eternal".
His story was commended before Ball noted how he had been in their "hearts and thoughts".
Last day of the cruise, my first without D, and I’ve missed him so much because he was such great fun on a ship. pic.twitter.com/0ecVNU5kke— Richard Coles (@RevRichardColes) February 6, 2020
Coles announced the death of his partner back in December, divulging that he had "been ill for a while".
Days later, he shared that he had been targeted by Christians who suggested David was "in hell".
The former Communards singer also said he had received a letter where the sender declared they were "happy" to hear of the death of his partner. Coles disclosed that he had turned the "hateful correspondence" into police for investigation.