Eamonn Holmes 'on borrowed time and not OK' as he reaches out to Ruth Langsford

Eamonn Holmes has candidly shared his feelings about his split from Ruth Langsford, confessing at the TRIC Awards: "I'm not OK. This is not a good time at all."

Nominated for Best News Presenter and Best News Broadcast, Eamonn reflected on their over decade-long marriage of 14 years, saying, "It's too early to say but I hope we can still be friends."

The TV personality, who has been dealing with severe back pain that necessitated a state-of-the-art wheelchair at the event, also revealed his concerns about his health, noting to the Mirror that he feels like he's living on "borrowed time" after his father passed away at 65 from a heart attack.

Now 64, Eamonn has faced several health challenges in recent years, culminating in the announcement of his divorce from Ruth last month.

Despite considering skipping the awards due to intense pain, Eamonn managed to attend thanks to his new wheelchair equipped with various features. "I wasn't going to come, but I've got this new chair with all these gadgets," he explained.

Eamonn has spoken out before about the struggles with his back pain, which he finds limiting. "I get very resentful that I'm not the way I used to be but I get on with it," he remarked.

"I work hard at trying to walk. It's very hard to get through a normal day but I have help from people around me."

He had previously praised Ruth for her constant support. Last month, they said in a statement: "Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes have confirmed their marriage is over and they are in the process of divorcing."

Eamonn previously said: "We'd just like to thank people for your support for Ruth and I over the last few days as to the news of our separation. Your support for both of us is very much appreciated."

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Christine McGuinness was spotted holding Eamonn's hand at the award ceremony, with an arm wrapped around his shoulder as they posed for the camera. Eamonn looked dapper in a black suit, white shirt and blue tie.

He also took to Instagram to confirm his attendance at the event, sharing a photo from inside the luxurious venue. He quietly slipped into the venue where he sat waiting for his meal to be served. "Whatever the results, a nice lunch awaits #Tricawards," he captioned the snap from his table.

This followed reports that sources close to Eamonn were uncertain if he would be able to attend due to problems with his back. They suggested he was likely to attempt to go as he has fond recollections of the awards from previous years, where he has won accolades and mingled with friends in the TV industry.

"He would like to go but it is in the balance, a lot will depend on how he feels on the day," the source told The Mirror.

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