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Reverend Richard Coles sparked a huge response on social media today after revealing how he was spending his 58th birthday amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The priest, broadcaster and former Strictly contestant woke up and shared with his followers that he wasn't feeling particularly joyous on his special day.
He wrote: "It’s my birthday: fifty-eight, widowed, lonely, locked-down, straitened, and fat.
"But NO ONE can take my kipper," he added, alongside a photograph of his hearty breakfast.
Today was Richard's first birthday without his beloved husband David Coles, who died in December at the age of 42.
Rev. Richard Coles told his followers he was feeling 'widowed, lonely and fat' on his birthday and was soon inundated with supportive messages
After Richard admitted he was feeling blue, some users on the site – including many of his celebrity friends – began to respond with kind messages of support and best wishes.
Among the famous faces joining in were Rylan Clark-Neal who told him: "Happy birthday Richard hope you have a lovely day @RevRichardColes x."
Fellow Strictly co-star Susan Calman also joined in, tweeting: "Happy birthday lovely. Let’s meet up on a train when this is all over xxx"
Paul Chahidi, who plays the local vicar in BBC comedy This Country, wrote: “Happy Birthday, Richard – I hope the coming year brings you every good thing.”
It wasn't long before the Reverend was inundated with so much support that 'Happy Birthday Richard' began to trend on Twitter.
Richard's 58th birthday was celebrated on Twitter with many of his famous pals joining in to wish him well
Last month, Richard opened up about his struggling without his partner David.
"I’ve had to subtract David from the future and that has taken all the future with it,” he said in an interview with The Guardian.
"It’s a bit blank. I think: ‘What the f*** am I going to do? Play the accordion and go to bed at 10 past six, I guess. Of course, it’s not the end of my life.
"But it feels like it’s over sometimes."
Last December Richard confirmed that David had died at the age of 42 in a heartbreaking post on Twitter.
Richard announced in December that his husband David had died after a long illness
He said David had experienced a long illness and thanked the NHS staff who had taken care of him.
"I’m very sorry to say that @RevDavidColes has died,” Richard wrote. “He had been ill for a while. Thanks to the brilliant teams who looked after him at @KettGeneral.”
He added a quote from Isaiah 60:20 that reads: "The Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended."
The couple hadmet in 2007 and shared a home in Northamptonshire with their dogs.