This Morning host Ruth Langsford walked off set to compose herself today (August 12), after one of the show's segments in the show caused her to become upset.
According to husband and presenting partner Eamonn Holmes, Ruth had to take a break from filming for a moment after the show's phone-in topic reminded her of her sister Julia Johnson, who passed away in June.
Psychologist Anjula Mutanda was hosting a phone-in about anxiety and depression during today's show, and while speaking to one This Morning caller who was asking a question about anxiety, Langsford had to step off set.
When the camera panned back to Eamonn, it was clear that Ruth was no longer sitting next to him and he explained that Ruth had to leave the studio.
"Obviously, this has featured in Ruth's life," he said. "She's upset now. She's had to leave the studio because of her sister, who was a chronic depressive and no matter what, you know, help and medication that was there, it didn't really seem to make much difference.
"There were good times, and bad times."
Later in the show, he also added: "Obviously, these things are very raw for her right now, following the death of her sister."
Langsford's sister Julia Johnson passed away at the age of 62 in June, and Ruth shared the news in a post on Twitter at the time.
My lovely Sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken. She was the kindest and most gentle soul and I will miss her forever. As I am sure you will appreciate I need to take time to grieve with my family. Thank you for your understanding. pic.twitter.com/o6jMtIqMg4— Ruth Langsford (@RuthieeL) June 20, 2019
"My lovely Sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken," she wrote.
"She was the kindest and most gentle soul and I will miss her forever. As I am sure you will appreciate I need to take time to grieve with my family. Thank you for your understanding."
This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV.
We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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