Gogglebox star Tom Malone Jr and girlfriend devastated as beloved dad dies

Gogglebox star Tom Malone Jr and girlfriend Bryony Briscoe are devastated after her dad passed away.

The former fan-favourite, who rose to fame alongside his mum Julie and dad Tom Sr on the hit Channel 4 show before quitting in February 2021, shared the tragic news with his fans via Instagram on Tuesday.

Tom, 29, referred to Bryony's dad as "a great man" while paying tribute to him on the social media page following his death.

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Sharing a black and white image of himself enjoying a drink with Peter he wrote: "The world lost a great man today, Peter Briscoe, rest easy," adding a praying hands emoji to the caption.

Bryony also shared an emotional tribute to her dad posting a series of images of them together over the years from when she was a tiny child.

The grieving beauty posted: "I don’t even have the right words right now and I don’t think I ever will.

"This morning my dad, my best friend, my inspiration finished his journey with us. I’m finding solace in the fact I can still feel your warmth around me like a big hug.

"I know you’ll be here to guide me and comfort me when I need you and I promise to do my best to make you proud.

"I love you truly and deeply, forever and always. Tuft."

Bryony's followers then rushed to send her messages of condolence over the sad news – including YouTube star Saffron Barker and former Love Islander Summer Botwe.

Saffron wrote: "Oh my goodness I am so sorry, sending all my love, he will be looking down on you so proud."

Actress Chelsee Healey added: "I am so, so sorry Bryony, you're in my thoughts and prayers."

Tom has previously talked about his relationship with Bryony and his marriage plans in a chat with The Sun.

He said: "It’s been good, it feels like we’ve been together for a lot longer than we have. It’s actually gone a lot better than I thought it would.

"I’ve always been like very strict on the fact that I wouldn’t get into a relationship if I didn’t think that potential was there.

"Unless I can see myself getting married to the person, I wouldn’t get into a relationship because I wouldn’t waste my time or the other person's time. The fact that I am in a relationship with her means yeah.”

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