Ruth Langsford becomes third star to fall victim to the 'Curse of Loose Women'

Ruth Langsford with Coleen Nolan and other Loose Women panellists
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Fans reacted with shock over the weekend, as daytime TV stalwarts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes announced they are 'in the process of divorcing'.

The couple married in 2010 after being introduced by mutual friends. But the pair - both 64 - issued a statement in which they confirmed their marriage "is over".

Ruth, who has fronted ITV panel show Loose Women since 1999, is yet to speak out about the separation. However, fans have been concerned for the pair after reports of rows and a lack of photos of the couple together, sparked speculation.


Speaking about their split, one source said: "It's a very sorry tale. They are both so loved by the British public, they won over so many people on This Morning which they hosted for more than a decade."

Loose Women's Ruth Langsford
Loose Women's Ruth Langsford -Credit:ITV

They added: "They were as close to Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan as you could get," reports MailOnline. Meanwhile, a pal of the pair told The Sun how the couple drifted apart in recent months as their work commitments "took them in different directions".

Recently, Ruth touched on the subject of her marriage in a TV appearance and revealed how she would hate her marriage to end. While appearing on Loose Women, she confessed she would hate it if Eamonn were to leave her for a woman the same age as her and not someone younger.

So, as the star prepares to make a statement about the end of her marriage, here's a look at her Loose Women colleagues, who also decided to call it a day with their husbands.

Linda Robson

Birds of a Feather star, Linda, 65, broke the news she and her husband, Mark Dunford, were splitting up on Loose Women last year.

After 33 years of marriage, the actress spoke to OK! magazine about the breakdown of their relationship, insisting the split wasn't triggered by anything dramatic. Linda shared: "People do, sometimes, don't they? We never had that much in common. I'm very sociable. Mark never enjoyed that side of things."

The mum-of-four continued to explain how their kids kept them together for some many years, with the actress quick to describe her ex as "an amazing dad. "I've been sad about it, of course I have," she admitted. "But we had two lovely children together. But they're all grown up, living their own lives now. Now, it's me and Dolly the dog. [But] I'm in a really good place. Work's good.""

Jane Moore

Journalist Jane Moore said her husband was still her 'best friend' as she announced their separation live on the ITV lunchtime show in 2022.

The panellist, 62, married her husband Gary Farrow in 2002 and the two are parents to daughters Ellie and Grace. Jane is also step-mother to Gary's elder daughter Lauren.

Jane said the pair decided to split in 2021, but held off proceedings after Gary broke his leg. She added that they had decided to stay together for one last Christmas and would officially move on in the new year. Speaking on the ITV show, Jane revealed: "So Gary and I are separating. But it's weird that it's out there [in public] because we've been processing it for about a year."

"We're both quite private people. We had discussed it last year... it was going to happen last year. And then he fell and broke his leg and, no, I didn't push him," she joked.

Speaking about nursing her husband back to health, Jane concluded: "I have been sort of caring for him in that sense of the word. It's enabled us to sort of segue to process it first of all, and to sort of segue nicely into a really good friendship."

Other Loose Women stars to face marital crisis

Coleen Nolan

Coleen Nolan announced that she has split from husband Ray Fensome after 10 years of marriage in 2018. The star said she had fought "with every fibre of her being" to save the relationship.

Writing in her Daily Mirror column, Coleen said: "I wanted to tell you first as I can hardly sit here and keep dishing out advice if I'm not being totally straight about what is going on in my own life."

"There is too much dividing me and Ray. We can't go back."

She also spoke about the "hellish" 12 months of relationship difficulties the couple endured.

"The last 12 months have been pretty hellish. I've been honest on Loose Women for a while that Ray and I have been having problems and it's all I thought about in the Big Brother house."

Andrea McLean

Andrea, 54, who joined Loose Women in 2007, split with her second husband, builder Steve Tom, in 2012. In a heart-rending interview, the former GMTV weather girl revealed to the Mirror: "Steve and I had grown apart and we both knew it. We'd tried so many times to make it work, but it was hopeless."

She continued: "I had hoped we'd be together for ever, I insisted I wouldn't make the mistakes I made in my first marriage and I wrote about how my heart would lift with love when I saw his name flash up on my phone. And I really meant it. I tried for a year to save our marriage. I tried so hard..."

Sadly, for Andrea, the topic of marriages breaking down was up for debate on her Loose Women show, as she admitted she struggled through it. Opening up about hosting the show, she said: "On my first Loose Women show of the New Year the topic was, 'Why do marriages break down at Christmas.' I just wanted to burst out crying, but somehow I got through."

"I'd kept my marriage problems to myself and only Sherrie Hewson saw through my brave face. But I've explained everything now and I know the ladies will all be there for me."