Widower splits with dead wife’s lookalike after whirlwind romance
A widower who found love six months after his childhood sweetheart wife died from cancer has split from his new lover.
Jake Coates and wife Emmy had won the hearts of the nation as they raised more than $180,000 for charity before her death from thyroid cancer in June 2017.
But Jake, 33, was blasted by the family of his late wife Emmy after he announced he’d found love again with events organizer Jenna Elsby just six months later.
The pair, who had moved in together, are now understood to have separated and have both moved out of the house they shared.
Jake had also been helping to promote Elsby’s lifestyle business on social media but his accounts have now been taken down.
Jake, a trained doctor who is the son of multi-millionaire businessman Derek Coates, is believed to be living at his family’s home since the split.
His mother Jane Crockford, 60, said: “Poor Jake was crucified by people when Emmy died, he was crucified when he remarried and now he’s being crucified again.”
“The attention of late has forced him to come off social media.”
Elsby declined to comment when contacted by The Sun.
Emmy’s family lashed out at Jake after he announced his relationship with Elsby on social media in 2018 — just a month after saying he had ended plans to have Emmy’s baby via a surrogate.
Emmy’s sister, Sophie Collett, said at the time that Emmy would be “devastated” and it would “break her heart.”
She added: “Not only am I at a loss for words at the insensitivity of it but I am also trying to maintain some dignity for Emmy.”
“I can assure you this would break her heart and leave her devastated as it has for so many of us.”
She added their relationship had been “flaunted so publicly and insensitively.”
Jake later said he felt let down by Emmy’s family over their criticism and insisted his late wife would have wanted him to move on.
He said: “Emmy wanted me to be happy. She wanted me to meet someone, she told me that.”
“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.”