Eamonn Holmes details marriage issues with fed up Ruth Langsford due to his health woes01/01/2022
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Former This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes, 62, opened up about the health struggles that have plagued him for the past year. He also admitted that his wife Ruth Langsford, 61, is “fed up” of him complaining and expressed concerns that his children are now “embarrassed” by him.
In a new interview, Eamonn has detailed how his increasingly grumpy demeanour caused by severe back problems has sparked tension in the Holmes household.
The star admitted that he relies on his wife Ruth constantly to wait on him, despite undergoing months of physiotherapy and taking strong painkillers.
Speaking about his “very difficult” year, Eamonn explained that the pain he is experiencing is caused by a trapped sciatic nerve, though the way the nerve got trapped initially is still unclear.
He said: “For months now I haven’t been able to walk, sometimes at all, and it has really taken its toll on everyone around me too.
“I can’t bend down to pick things up so Ruth ends up having to wait on me, and I know my sons particularly are a bit embarrassed by the way I move around.
“I had to stop driving and sold my car back to the dealer too, which felt quite emasculating, and I have to use a hook to pull my trousers up when I’m getting dressed in the morning and something else to get my shoes and socks on,” he revealed to The Sun.
Speaking about filming a programme for the BBC called Farm To Feast, Eamonn went on to describe how the director was forced to employ “clever tricks” in order to conceal “how much he was struggling”.
“It’s slow progress, and part of the problem is you feel like you have to hide it all the time because as soon as people think you’ve got an issue like this they write you off,” the presenter shared.
“Even my own family are bored of my moaning. It has caused some strain and Ruth is fed up of hearing about it and of me saying I can’t walk the dog or tidy up, but I can’t help it. It’s agony.”
Eamonn added that taking the strong painkiller Tramadol can help, although he only get a certain amount of it before he reaches his limit and the pain returns.
Nevertheless, the journalist praised his trainer James, who has previously worked with Premier League footballers, and his methods of getting him “moving in the mornings”.
He has the star taking ice baths and doing some pain-relieving exercise which makes him feel “like he can walk again” for a short while afterwards.
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Eamonn will be returning to breakfast television next week, ditching This Morning on ITV for a new show on recently-launched channel GB News.
The presenter, who has previously hosted on the show alongside his wife for the past 15 years, will now share the screen with former Sunrise presenter Isabel Webster, 39.
The star expressed that he “can’t wait to get started”, confessing that it “felt lovely” to be working somewhere that was genuinely “pleased to have him”.
Aside from the problems Eamonn’s health woes have caused at home, he admitted that one suggestion he made ahead of starting his new role left Ruth fuming.
With his return to breakfast TV warranting a 2:45am wake-up time, Eamonn suggested that his wife might be more comfortable sleeping in the guest bedroom, but Ruth wasn’t having any of it.
While he insisted that he was “trying to be considerate” by saving her from hearing him “clattering around” in the early hours, Ruth didn’t seem to see it that way.
“She glared at me angrily and told me in no uncertain terms that she won’t be moving, so I think that means I’m being turfed out. She was deadly serious,” he mused.
Breakfast With Eamonn And Isabel starts on GB News this Monday.
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