Ruth Langsford opens up about 'testing times' with Eamonn Holmes before announcing divorce

Ruth Langsford made an unusual comment about her marriage to Eamonn Holmes just days before the couple announced their separation.

The shocking news was revealed in a surprise statement on Saturday, May 25 leaving fans of the television duo stunned. Representatives for the pair stated: "Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes have confirmed their marriage is over and they are in the process of divorcing."

This announcement followed observations by some sharp-eyed fans who noticed that the couple hadn't been seen together for several months. Eamonn also sparked speculation when he posted a photo of himself with Page 3 model Linda Lusardi on Instagram this week, leading his followers to ask 'Where is Ruth?'"".

In the midst of this uncertainty, Ruth, 64, gave a poorly-timed magazine interview where she confessed she was experiencing a 'testing time' with her husband, reports the Mirror.

Speaking just days before the end of her marriage was announced, Ruth expressed her concerns that Eamonn, with whom she shares son Jack, 'might never be 100 per cent right again'. She was referring to the impact of his chronic back pain on their personal lives.

Eamonn, 64, has been battling the condition for two years. The GB News presenter has undergone surgery and daily physiotherapy sessions but has yet to find relief from the excruciating condition.

Ruth stated: "I don't know how much Eamonn's mobility will improve. We live in hope. He does the physio, but there might have to be some acceptance that this might never be 100% right."

"Dealing with any care situation is challenging - and there are millions of carers in this country - it isn't always easy. It's testing but we manage as a family.

Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes attend The TRIC Awards 2022
Ruth and Eamonn are divorcing -Credit:David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

In an interview with Woman's Weekly, she spoke about the importance of maintaining good health and ageing gracefully: "I look at Eamonn, who's had his health and back problems, and it makes you realise how important your health is."

The interview is still available for purchase in stores, having been printed just days before the couple announced their separation in a joint statement.

Eamonn has previously opened up about how Ruth supported him during a difficult period when his health deteriorated and he experienced a frightening fall.

Remembering a severe accident that occurred while he was heading to bed one night, Eamonn said: "Suddenly it was as if someone had shot my left knee from behind. It literally collapsed without any warning. I was on a curve of the stairs, and I just went back down the stairs, boom, boom, boom down the whole staircase until I hit the stone floor in the hallway."

He continued: "Blood was pouring out my mouth, and a bone was sticking out my shoulder."

"Ruth came rushing down the stairs. She kept saying, 'You're fine, everything's okay, you're fine.' I said, 'Ruthie, there is a bone sticking out of my shoulder - I'm not fine."

Eamonn described feeling "hopeless" as he moved to a private rehabilitation centre for six weeks, but his wife Ruth remained by his side to aid his recovery.

On Friday, the Mirror reported that TV icon Eamonn Holmes is undergoing almost daily painful physiotherapy sessions in an effort to fully recover his mobility. Despite undergoing surgeries for bulging discs in his back, Eamonn faced further challenges after a fall last year resulted in a broken shoulder.

Recent photographs captured him using two walking sticks in London's Notting Hill, and later seated in a wheelchair following a strenuous physio session.

A source close to the 64 year old presenter revealed to the Mirror: "Eamonn has been using walking aids for around 18 months now so not much has changed unfortunately. He is doing everything he can but the lack of progress from the physio has obviously been a bit frustrating. But he continues to have physio sessions pretty much every day and continues to work hard in his rehabilitation."

Despite the constant discomfort, Eamonn remains dedicated to his career, managing to work seated during his Monday to Wednesday stint at GB News, which somewhat eases his condition. Eamonn himself has previously expressed concerns about his potential to recover fully.

In January, he shared his fears, stating the "harsh reality" might be that he could never walk unaided again.

Reflecting on his health struggles, he remarked: "It's as if somebody up there is playing with my life."

"In the past year I've had an operation on my back which went wrong and has confined me to a wheelchair. I've fallen and broken my shoulder. Honestly you could not make it up."

He added: "I have tried every treatment, but you go, 'Maybe I'll never get out of it,' which is a harsh reality to face."

Ruth and Eamonn first crossed paths in 1997 when they were introduced by mutual friends. They dated for over a decade before Eamonn proposed, leading to their marriage in 2010.

When asked about the secret to their lasting relationship, Ruth shared: "I think always respect, mutual respect. And we laugh a lot. I think love and lust and everything's wonderful at the start of a relationship. But really...you've got to have that connection as friends where you feel comfortable with each other."