Ruth Langsford 'steps back' from ITV Loose Women after Eamonn Holmes split

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.
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Ruth Langsford is reportedly taking a break from Loose Women next week.

The experienced presenter, aged 64, has been a staple on the ITV programme since its inception, reports the Mirror. However, following the announcement of her separation from husband Eamonn Holmes, also 64, it's understood that Ruth will be 'stepping back' from her hosting duties.

After much speculation, a spokesperson for the pair, who are well-known for their time on This Morning, confirmed they were parting ways.

The revelation has sent ripples through the entertainment industry, and while Eamonn is expected to make his comeback on GB News come Monday, Ruth is said to be taking an extended period away from the spotlight at least for the upcoming week.

Eamonn, on the other hand, is reportedly preparing to open up about his second divorce upon his return to GB News. An insider claimed that the broadcaster is aware that viewers are eager to hear his perspective and he won't avoid discussing it.

"Eamonn is always frank on camera and knows it will be odd for him to discuss the day's news without mentioning his split so he'll say a few words. He is putting on a brave face and will be the true professional he always is. Focusing on work will be a welcome distraction," the source disclosed to The Sun.

Recent reports suggest that the Belfast-born personality had grown "more and more grumpy" over the years, which some attribute to his ongoing struggle with chronic back pain.

A friend of the couple has spoken about how Ruth Langsford has had to take on more of a carer role for her husband, Eamonn Holmes, due to his ongoing health issues. They revealed: "Ruth has become more his carer than a wife. Eamonn has been thoroughly miserable. He has had a torrid time with his health, he's in constant pain, and the truth is he can't contain how miserable it makes him," according to MailOnline.

Eamonn has openly discussed his "chronic pain" on X, previously known as Twitter, after having spinal surgery in 2022 and a double-hip replacement in 2016. The source claimed that Ruth has "borne the brunt of much of his anger and frustration in recent years", leading to a breaking point.

They added: "In the end it just started to get her [Ruth] down more than she could accept.She needs her own life. It's a case of her wanting to get out and enjoy herself. Women at Ruth's age realise that they only have ten, 20, 30 years max left and they want to have some fun."

The friend also claimed that while Ruth and Eamonn continued to live in the same house, they were sleeping in separate rooms. However, recent reports suggest that the Northern Irish presenter has since left their £3.25 million Surrey mansion and is now residing in a nearby property.