Coleen Nolan's playful tease about Ruth Langsford's jealousy over Eamonn Holmes

Pictured is Eamonn (left) and Ruth
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Coleen Nolan has cheekily suggested that her friend Ruth Langsford was "insanely jealous" of her bond with Eamonn Holmes, just a few months before the well-known couple announced their separation. In an interview earlier this year, the Loose Women star discussed the playful banter she shares with co-star Ruth about the possibility of 'stealing' Eamonn.

Coleen made these comments while talking to the Express in February, prior to her tour. "I love winding Ruth up about him. I love him - and me and him get on so well - and Ruth's like, 'seriously, my best friend, one of my best friends? ' And I know that she's insanely jealous," Coleen disclosed.

"She gets really jealous so I love winding her up and going, 'Really, Eamonn is much better with me.' But then the papers pick it up, the magazines and stuff," she continued. "We do have a laugh about it as soon as she says something about Eamonn - like if she's negative about him," she confessed.

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Coleen hinted at Ruth expressing exasperation over Eamonn's health woes, saying: "She'll say he's always moaning with all these ailments I go, 'Eamonn's not like that with me' and she's like, 'I swear to God I'm gonna kill you.' So we do have such a laugh about it. Love the two of them so much.", reports the Mirror.

Eamonn has indeed had a challenging time recently, including the loss of his mother and various health struggles. The GB News presenter's health reportedly took a turn for the worse in 2022 when, during his recovery from back surgery, he suffered a fall at home resulting in a broken shoulder.

Looking back at the event a year later, he recalled that Ruth was present when his legs gave way. He mentioned: "I was on a curve of the stairs, and I just went back down the stairs, boom, boom, boom down the whole staircase until I hit the stone floor in the hallway".

He depicted the aftermath, saying: "Blood was pouring out my mouth, and a bone was sticking out my shoulder. Ruth came rushing down the stairs. She kept reassuring me, 'You're fine, everything's okay, you're fine.' I said, 'Ruthie, there is a bone sticking out of my shoulder - I'm not fine'."

The couple had to wait four hours for an ambulance to arrive. Eamonn remembered: "Ruthie put a pillow under my head and sat with me in the hall and we tried to sleep."

Further, Ruth commented on the change in their relationship dynamic when she stepped into a caregiver role. "Being a carer is not always easy, but when someone you love needs help, you step up," she expressed during a magazine interview.

At the start of this year, she voiced her worry and wished for his health to recover, uttering: "For 2024, I obviously hope for Eamonn that his back improves, he's not in pain and can move around more."

Alongside nursing her husband, Ruth has experienced tough stages, including the loss of her sister Julia who died by suicide back in 2019. Currently, Ruth bears care responsibilities for her ageing mother, who has Alzheimer's and lives in a nursing home close to Ruth's residence.

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, after 14 years of marital bliss and almost three decades as a couple, revealed their intention to part ways on Saturday via a joint statement. The declaration stated: "Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes have confirmed their marriage is over and they are in the process of divorcing."

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