BBC star Rachael Bland's widower reveals he's to wed again

BBC star Rachael Bland's widower reveals he's to wed again

December 10, 2021

BBC star Rachael Bland’s widower reveals he’s to wed the NHS nurse with a striking resemblance to his late wife who he found love with a year after her death from breast cancer

  • Steve Bland, 41, lost wife Rachael, a BBC broadcaster, to breast cancer in 2018
  • In 2019, he found love again with NHS nurse Amy and couple are now set to wed
  • He shared heartwarming snaps from a trip to Copenhagen where the dad-of-one popped the question to his girlfriend 
  • Earlier this year, he told ITV’s Lorraine about dating after loss, saying: ‘Why should I feel guilty? I’m 40-years-old and I’ve got the rest of my life ahead of me.’

The husband of BBC broadcaster Rachael Bland, who died from breast cancer in 2018, has revealed that he is to wed again – after romantically proposing to his girlfriend while on a trip to Denmark.  

Steve Bland, who replaced his late wife as one third of the BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C following her death, shared his happy news with his 14,600 Instagram followers on Thursday. 

Posting a string of romantic photos showing off his new fiancée Amy’s sparkly engagement ring, the 41-year-old, who lives in Cheshire, captioned the images with a simple ‘She said YES!’ 

The proposal came while Steve, who has a seven-year-old son, Freddie, by his late wife, and the NHS nurse were enjoying a romantic getaway in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. 

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A delighted Steve Bland, who lost BBC broadcaster wife Rachael to breast cancer in 2018, told his followers that his new partner, NHS nurse Amy, has agreed to marry him after a romantic proposal while on a mini break in Denmark

Steve and Rachael Bland pictured before her death from breast cancer in 2018; the widower has previously spoken about how he doesn’t feel guilty about moving on with his life

Steve met his new partner Amy, an advanced nurse practitioner in 2019 at a cancer conference in Manchester. Yesterday he shared this photo to his Instagram page celebrating the proposal

The couple were congratulated by hundreds of friends on Instagram, with Deborah James, aka Bowel Babe, one of Bland’s co-hosts on the You, Me and the Big C podcast writing: ‘Congratulations’ alongside a string of emojis. 

And fellow podcast co-host Lauren Mahon added her own best wishes, writing: ‘THE BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST NEWS!!!!!! F***ing love the pair of you.’

The widower has spoken out in the past about refusing to feel guilty about finding love again with the NHS nurse Amy following Rachael’s death from breast cancer in 2018. 

In May this year, he told ITV’s Lorraine show that people often asked him if he felt guilty about dating again.  

He said: ‘It’s one of the most common questions I get asked: ‘Do I feel guilty? ‘Why should I? I’m 40-years-old and I’ve got the rest of my life ahead of me.’  

Bland warmed fans that his Instagram stories would be full of ‘overly cheesy’ posts following the couple’s engagement announcement

Ahead of the proposal, the couple shared a photo of their mini break, chinking glasses as they headed to the Danish city

Earlier this year, Bland, pictured with Amy, told Lorraine: ‘We need to break down the taboo’ of dating again after the loss of a partner

The former BBC radio presenter Rachael (right with Steve and Freddie) was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2016 and died in 2018

Referencing the son, Freddie, seven, that he shares with Rachael, he said: ‘Rachael wanted me to be happy and wanted Freddie to be happy.

‘We need to break down the taboo and stop worrying about being judged for it. We’re trying to be happy and to make the most of life.’

Steve met Amy, an advanced nurse practitioner at a cancer conference in Manchester in 2019, after he gave a talk about his late wife and her death from primary triple-negative breast cancer. 

Speaking in 2020 about getting together with new love Amy, he told the Daily Mail: ‘We took our time but, of course, my life revolves around Freddie so it’s difficult to get to know someone properly without involving them in his life, too’.

‘Going out in the evening is a military operation for a lone parent, organising babysitters, and my parents are a huge help, looking after Freddie when I go to London for work, but I don’t want to put upon them too much, so Amy would mostly come to us.’ 

While Amy (pictured with Steve’s son Freddie) does not relish the limelight, it was out of respect to her that Steve decided to go public with their relationship in 2020

The broadcaster has said that dating after loss isn’t always easy for the person in the relationship who hasn’t lost someone.   

‘It’s about looking forward and can be a tricky balance, it’s something Amy and I have talked about it. There’s a lot of focus on the widow/widower. Rachael was high profile and it’s really difficult to feel like you’re not living in their shadow. 

Rachael (pictured) was a BBC Radio 5 Live broadcaster who also hosted the podcast You, Me And The Big C, a role that Steve has now taken over

He also praised Damien Lewis and Helen McCrory for going public with a conversation they’d had about dating after loss before Helen’s death from cancer aged 52 on April 16th.

Bland said: ‘It’s amazing they talked so openly about it; that does wonders for breaking down taboos.’ 

Following Rachael’s death, Bland took over on the podcast You, Me and the Big C airs tomorrow alongside co-hosts Deborah James and Lauren Mahon. 

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