One year after Helen Gibbins’ death, Michael Palin, 80, tearfully reveals he longs for the comforting ‘reassurance’ she once provided him

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Michael Palin heartbreakingly admitted he misses the ‘reassurance’ that his late wife Helen Gibbins gave him during an appearance on Tuesday’s episode of Lorraine. 

The Monty Python star, 80, announced Helen had sadly passed away following a battle with chronic pain and kidney failure on May 2 last year, just weeks after they marked their 57th wedding anniversary.

He described her as the ‘bedrock of my life’ and said her death was an ‘indescribable loss’ for himself and their three children – Thomas, 55, William, 53, and Rachel, 49. 

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly, Michael said: ‘It would have been our 58th anniversary. I find myself looking for reassurance she was terribly good at telling me what I should do and what I shouldn’t do. 

‘She knew what I liked and when I was happy with work, rather than getting into something I didn’t like. I miss her humour a lot too.’

One year after Helen Gibbins’ death, Michael Palin, 80, tearfully reveals he longs for the comforting ‘reassurance’ she once provided him

Michael Palin, 80, heartbreakingly admitted he misses the ‘reassurance’ that his late wife Helen Gibbins gave him during an appearance on Tuesday’s episode of Lorraine

The Monty Python star announced Helen had passed away following a battle with chronic pain and kidney failure on May 2 last year, weeks after their 57th wedding anniversary (pictured in 2015)

The Monty Python star announced Helen had passed away following a battle with chronic pain and kidney failure on May 2 last year, weeks after their 57th wedding anniversary (pictured in 2015)

The childhood sweethearts met when they were 16 and married in 1966, marking their 57th wedding anniversary weeks before Helen passed away. 

Michael and Helen met when they were both on summer holidays in Southwold, Suffolk, where they were staying in neighbouring cottages with their families. 

Speaking ahead of his new Channel 5 show, Michael Palin in Nigeria, he explained how he felt he ‘had to keep on working’ because Helen would have wanted him to go. 

He continued: ‘We’d love to do another journey. I’d go with the little group anywhere really.’ 

Last week, Michael admitted he still struggles with the ‘foreverness’ of life without his childhood sweetheart, Helen. 

He said he struggles with the ‘foreverness of it’ and said life without his lifelong companion feels ‘unreal’. 

He told The Mirror: ‘We were both 16, and we married in our early 20s… Helen was the bedrock of my life. Her quietly-wise judgment informed all my decisions and her humour and practical good sense was at the heart of our life together.’

 He continued: ‘It is kind of dealing with the foreverness of it. That it is forever.’

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly, Michael said: 'It would have been our 58th anniversary. I find myself looking for reassurance she was terribly good at telling me what I should do and shouldn't do'

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly, Michael said: ‘It would have been our 58th anniversary. I find myself looking for reassurance she was terribly good at telling me what I should do and shouldn’t do’

'She knew what I liked and when I was happy with work, rather than getting into something I didn't like. I miss her humour a lot too,' he added

‘She knew what I liked and when I was happy with work, rather than getting into something I didn’t like. I miss her humour a lot too,’ he added

He described Helen as a ‘vision of rebellion’ when he first met her and admitted their romance quickly blossomed, according to The Telegraph.

Michael was living in Sheffield at the time while Helen was in Cambridgeshire, but the pair remained in touch by writing letters and met again the following summer.

They were then reunited on Michael’s first day at Oxford University, where Helen was visiting her friend for the weekend, with fate bringing them together once again.

Recalling the reunion, Michael said: ‘You can see fate was actually tightening the screws on us very hard at that time.’

The Monty Python star told how Helen had been suffering with chronic pain for a few years and had been diagnosed with kidney failure before her death.

Announcing the news on his blog last year, Michael shared a selfie of them together and wrote: ‘My dearest wife Helen died peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

‘She had been suffering with chronic pain for several years, which was compounded a few years ago by a diagnosis of kidney failure.’

The childhood sweethearts met when they were 16 and married in 1966, marking their 57th wedding anniversary weeks before Helen passed away

The childhood sweethearts met when they were 16 and married in 1966, marking their 57th wedding anniversary weeks before Helen passed away 

Announcing her death last year he described her as the 'bedrock of my life' and said her death was an 'indescribable loss' for himself and their three children

Announcing her death last year he described her as the ‘bedrock of my life’ and said her death was an ‘indescribable loss’ for himself and their three children 

He continued: ‘We first met on a summer holiday on the Suffolk coast when we were both sixteen and we married in our early twenties. Two and a half weeks ago we celebrated our 57th wedding anniversary.

‘Her death is an indescribable loss for myself, our three children and four grandchildren.

‘Helen was the bedrock of my life. Her quietly wise judgment informed all my decisions and her humour and practical good sense was was at the heart of our life together.

‘The family ask that their privacy be respected at this time.’

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