Eamonn Holmes contemplates life in Belfast and potential remarriage before split with Ruth Langsford

Eamonn Holmes
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Prior to his break up with Ruth Langsford, Eamonn Holmes entertained the idea of returning to Ireland to "marry a local girl". During an appearance on NVTV's Conversations With Gerry Kelly in November 2023, he opened up about having endured a tough few years, marked by losing his job, losing his mother, and his Belfast home.

The well-known face of GB News also revealed for the first time that he might be bound to a wheelchair.

Eamonn, 54, expressed longing for Belfast, stating it would always feel like home. He mentioned the possibility of resettling in Northern Ireland, while adding that Ruth was not inclined to relocate there.

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He said: "Ruth wouldn't come back to Northern Ireland. Yes, because of her family and also because she's English and she sees life around London and things, whereas I can't stand London. So we have a different outlook on things like that."

The television presenter even pondered over his future and the idea of remarrying - all before their split. Jokingly, he suggested he could remarry if Ruth were to meet with an unfortunate accident: "Maybe Ruth will be run over by a bus or something, who knows? ", reports the Mirror.

Continuing the joke further he mentioned, "If I get another wife I might come back, get a local girl. That's awful talking about Ruth being run over by a bus, that's awful."

Finally, Eamonn delved into his health struggles, particularly citing the double-hip replacement surgery in 2016 and a mishap during a spinal operation in 2023, which left him using a wheelchair.

Eamonn expressed his disbelief: "You couldn't make it up. It's as if somebody is up there playing with my life. In the past year, I've had an operation on my back, which has gone wrong, which has confined me to wheelchair. I have had my mother dying, and I couldn't go to her funeral."

He elaborated further: "I've had the court case going against me twice for the tax thing. Honestly, Gerry, you could not make it up. There was a fall which broke my shoulder as well."

In a conversation with Gerry, Eamonn opened up about his concerns regarding his mobility.

He revealed: "I would like to think that at some stage in my life I will get out of the wheelchair, but it is strange that you know a year's past, and you think, I've tried every treatment, believe me, and you go, 'maybe I'll never get out of this wheelchair.' That's a harsh reality to face."

In a joint statement, Eamonn and Ruth, who are both accomplished broadcasters in their own right as well as a couple, confirmed the end of their marriage: "Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes have confirmed their marriage is over and they are in the process of divorcing."

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