Eamonn Holmes had disagreement that plagued Ruth Langsford marriage

Eamonn Holmes has suggested that a disagreement over relocation could be the reason behind his marriage breakdown. Ruth Langsford was not keen on moving to his homeland, Northern Ireland, despite him being eager to "go home" and live by the sea.

Eamonn and Ruth have been together for 27 years and married for 14 but confirmed their relationship was over in a statement to The Sun on Sunday. According to the Mirror, he revealed: "I've always pined to go back to Belfast because that's what I associate with company and friendship and craic.

"I'd love to have a house nowadays probably a bungalow with a sea view. I'd love to breathe in sea air and I always associate that with Ireland. I think that would make me happy. Trouble is, Ruth wouldn't go. That's a little snag. She wouldn't go. I do like the idea. I do like the idea of being there."

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Before their separation, Eamonn and Ruth, both aged 64, resided in a lavish six-bedroom house in Weybridge, Surrey. However, during a conversation with Kaye Adams for her How to be 60 podcast last year, Eamonn confessed that he never felt England was his home and that he experienced loneliness being away from his family in Northern Ireland.

"I've never taken to London life; it's never been for me. It's not what I would call home," he shared. "I go back to Ireland all the time and everybody I know is there my four other brothers, two of my children and my grandchild is there as well. So, it's always had a call for me to be back in Northern Ireland. That stretch of water is a big divide. I find London can be very lonely."

"I don't have the same friendships or camaraderie with people that I know in London, because it's all so disparate and far apart. I've never felt it to be home or somewhere that I would call home. You need mates. In the London area you're miles away from everyone."

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have been battling through issues with his health
Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford -Credit:Getty Images

During the honest conversation, he also revealed to Kaye, who serves as a panellist on ITV's Loose Women alongside Ruth, that his wife disapproves of his hobby of purchasing vintage childhood toys on eBay and doesn't allow him to display them at home.

The presenter shared: "It meets disdain from my wife. I tend to look up toys from when I was about ten years of age, so anything to do with Airfix, soldiers, Captain Scarlet toys, Dinky, Corgi things that made me very happy when I was young. And then Ruth shouts, things arrive and she doesn't allow them in the house and she calls them dust collectors. I'm not allowed to display anything. When I was a kid, I had lots of Action Men and I tried to start buying Action Men, but Ruth put the kibosh on that as well."

Eamonn revealed that Ruth credited his sense of humour as the glue in their marriage, saying she had remarked: "If you didn't make me laugh so much, we'd be divorced." The duo was well-known for their on-air spats and banter during their time co-hosting This Morning, yet they always maintained that their squabbles were rooted in love. T

Their marriage was often cited as one of the most enduring in the television industry. They shared the screen as co-presenters on ITV's This Morning until 2021. While Ruth continued her role at ITV, anchoring Loose Women, Eamonn took up a new position at GB News.

Returning to the breakfast programme post-bank holiday, he expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support following the announcement of their separation on Saturday. He said: "Just before we move on I would 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."