Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford's love story as couple announce divorce

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have announced they are getting a divorce after over a decade of marriage.

The pair, who previously presented This Morning together and have been together for more than a decade, confirmed the news through a representative.

A statement read: “Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes have confirmed their marriage is over and they are in the process of divorcing.”

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Eamonn and Ruth have always been open and honest about the ups and downs of marriage - right until the end.

Belfast-born Eamonn and wife Ruth were introduced in 1997 by their mutual friend, TV presenter Sally Meen, the Mirror reports.

Ruth had just moved to London to break into mainstream television and at the time, Eamonn was two years out of his marriage to first wife, Gabrielle Holmes.

Gabrielle is the mother of his eldest three children, Declan, Rebecca and Niall.

The exes met in 1976 and were together for nearly 20 years.

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford's love story -Credit:ITV
Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford's love story -Credit:ITV

After their split, Northern Ireland native Eamonn was keen to handle his new relationship with Ruth respectfully - meaning they kept it on the down low, refusing to hold hands in public or attend events together.

Ruth said Eamonn's gesture made her fall for him even harder as he was so thoughtful.

"I thought it spoke volumes about the sort of man he was, the sort of father he was and the integrity he had. It made me love him more, not less," she told the Daily Mail in November 2017.

Their son Jack arrived in 2002, and from 2006 onwards they co-hosted This Morning before being dropped a few years ago.

Eamonn eventually proposed at the Cheltenham races in 2010, after asking Ruth's mother for her hand in marriage.

Their son Jack was born in 2002 -Credit:Disney
Their son Jack was born in 2002 -Credit:Disney

Her father was at the time in the late stages of Alzheimer's.

Gushing about the solid bond with her husband while she was taking part in Strictly Come Dancing, Ruth said: "Eamonn will be the first to take the mick out of me but he will also be the first to floor me with his thoughtfulness.

"When I get home after rehearsing he’ll have a bowl of ice out for my feet and a gin and tonic on the side. He will pause one of his Second World War documentaries and listen to me rambling on about my toes, my back, what Anton said and how I can’t remember a step.

"I’m giving him zero attention but I know he won’t be thinking that. He just gets it. He gets me. That’s why we work."

However, they hadn't been dating long when they almost split up after their first row.

"You know, 20 odd years ago plus I tried to make Ruth my ex," Eamonn said on This Morning.

Eamonn told agony aunt Vanessa Feltz that they almost broke up after a shocking row.

As Vanessa laughed, Ruth shook her head and sighed: "It was our first row. You're so dramatic."

Eamonn continued: "I said, 'That's it, this is not working, goodbye.'

"And I went to close the door and she pushed it back and do you know what she said to me?

"'Oh, don't be stupid'."

Ruth joked that they had been "rowing ever since", while Eamonn revealed that she had asked him why he would ever want to dump her.

"Why would I ever want to dump you?" he said, grinning as he counted on his fingers jokingly.

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning -Credit:ITV
Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning -Credit:ITV

Eamonn divorced Gabrielle in 2005 and then married Ruth in a lavish ceremony in June 2010 at Elvetham Hall, Hampshire, in front of their family and friends.

He has previously revealed that the secret to their happy marriage is "compromise".

Ruth asked Eamonn husband what he thought the secret to a happy marriage is during an interview with HELLO! magazine.

"The secret is compromise, the secret is consideration and lots of conjugals," answered Eamonn.

But Ruth said she believes their shared sense of humour and having a laugh is more important.

Giving her own advice, Ruth added: "I would say laughter is what keeps us together. Eamon's very good actually. We have a very equal relationship, it's very equal in our marriage.

"People will say, 'who wears the trousers,' well nobody. You find your way, he's not the boss and I'm not the boss – in modern relationships that's probably how it should be."

Eamonn and Ruth co-hosted This Morning from 2006 until 2020 -Credit:Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Eamonn and Ruth co-hosted This Morning from 2006 until 2020 -Credit:Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

The presenting duo had hilarious and awkward on-screen rows live on This Morning over 'rubbish' presents, 'scantily clad' pics and even bacon.

But after their live TV clashes, the pair always made up and went home together at the end of the day.

Eamonn has been battling chronic back pain for two years now and earlier this month, Ruth shared her concerns that he may not fully recover from his ongoing health issues.

Speaking to Women's Weekly, she expressed uncertainty about the future of Eamonn's mobility, saying, "I don't know how much Eamonn's mobility will improve. We live in hope."

She reflected on the difficulties that come with caring for a loved one, noting, "With any care situation - and there are millions of carers in this country - it isn't always easy. It's testing but we manage as a family."

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