Emotional Holly Willoughby holds back tears after caller reveals how her young son walked her down the aisle after her dad died

Phillip Schofield asked his co-host if she was OK after one viewer told how her young son walked her down the aisle following the death of her father.

Welling up, Holly admitted the story had got to her.

Another caller told how she requested her late mum was buried in the same outfit she wore to walk her down the aisle.

The presenter has cried on the show before, notably last year during a phone-in about late tot Charlie Gard and more recently when Simon Thomas described the moment he told his son that his mum had died.

On that occasion Holly was comforted by Phil as she wiped her tears away with a tissue.

Sky Sports host Simon, 45, lost his wife Gemma, 40, in November, three days after she was diagnosed with blood cancer.

He appeared on This Morning and told Holly and Phil about the agonising moment he had to break the tragic news to his young son Ethan.

Tears started rolling down Holly's cheeks as she was overwhelmed with emotion.

Phil passed her a tissue and she attempted to carry on with the chat but her voice cracked as she tried to ask Simon questions about his loss.

She apologised for crying and praised Simon for being so brave.

Simon is now raising their son Ethan alone as a single dad, and he described the moment he broke the sad news to his son in heartbreaking detail.

He revealed the youngster broke down and fell on the floor, and Simon said he "wouldn't wish that moment" on his "worst enemy".

Simon said: "I think I woke up every one [in the hospital] as I screamed. I screamed to God saying: 'Why have you left my son without my mum?'

"I could remember his reaction to [losing a toy] and I'm like I've got to go home and tell him his mum's gone…

"He went in to see her twice that day [when she died]…

"I held him to her ear a couple of times, he said he loved her.

"I got home [afterwards] and grabbed him and looked deep into his brown eyes and said: 'They couldn't make mummy better'.

"You can't dress it up. I said: 'Mummy's died'.

"He collapsed on the floor and I collapsed there with him…

"He's been dealt a tough break in life at the age of eight, he's lost his mum already."

As he went on, the tragic tale got to Phil too and he also started to cry.

At the end of the interview, Holly and Phil were both struggling to pull themselves together.

Simon had previously expressed an interest in raising money in his wife's memory and Phil said: "When you're ready, we will be here to do something to help."

Holly also gave out a helpline number, telling viewers to call if they had been affected by the issues in Simon's chat, adding: "I don't know anyone who hasn't been [affected] to be honest."

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