Ruth Langsford takes break from Loose Women amid Eamonn Holmes's 'new friendship'

Ruth Langsford
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Ruth Langsford is set to take a break from ITV's Loose Women for the remainder of the month but is expected to make a comeback on the show next month, her friends have revealed. The TV host has reportedly been "hurt" upon discovering that her husband Eamonn Holmes has been seen out with a woman several times.

It has been reported that Ruth was unaware of their outings until recently, and is said to have played a significant role in their decision to end their marriage. Additionally, she has been "deeply upset" by insinuations that she abandoned her marriage due to Eamonn's health issues.

Close sources say there is "no way back" for the couple's marriage, which seems destined for divorce. Ruth, aged 64, will extend her absence through June but intends to return to the ITV programme in July. She last appeared on screen in May, reports the Mirror.

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A friend commented: "Ruth was hurt when she learned about Eamonn's friendship with another woman but she is strong and she will be back soon with a smile on her face, putting her best foot forward, as she always does. She needs a bit of time to regroup after everything that's gone on, which is understandable, but she plans to return to Loose Women, with renewed vigour, in July."

Ruth was reportedly left devastated upon discovering that Eamonn, 64, had been on days out with a woman in her forties. This comes after he reportedly developed a friendship over the last couple of years, taking her to various events including a safari park visit in February, a Manchester United match, and a Beyonce concert.

The woman is said to volunteer for a charity that Eamonn got involved with after the passing of Ruth's sister, Julia Johnson, who battled depression. Ruth, who has been Eamonn's wife for 14 years, supported him through his back surgery and cared for him when he broke his shoulder after a fall at their Surrey home.

A close source expressed Ruth's frustration and sadness, saying: "The thing that deeply upsets and frustrates her is the notion that she's ditching him because of his ongoing health issues," adding, "That is not true. She's always been there for him. But she has struggled with the knowledge that he's not always been honest with her."

A spokesperson for Ruth Langsford last night confirmed: "Ruth had holiday time booked from Loose Women and has extended her leave. She's looking forward to returning to the show in due course."

Eamonn Holmes made a swift return to his role on the GB News breakfast programme, which he co-presents, just days following the public announcement of their divorce. He acknowledged the split on air, expressing gratitude for the supportive messages sent to both him and Ruth, before turning his attention back to the day's news.

Last month, they released a joint statement confirming the end of their marriage: "Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes have confirmed their marriage is over and they are in the process of divorcing." Following the split, Eamonn has moved out of their shared home in Weybridge, Surrey.