EAMMON Holmes and Ruth Langsford have revealed that they will be spending Christmas apart “with a sea dividing them” this year.
The TV couple have opened up about the heartbreaking reasons behind their decision, but insisted that it is “not a problem”.
Eamonn and Ruth have been together for 25 years Credit: Rex
They will be spending this festive season apart Credit: ITV
Both stars have elderly parents who they want to spend the festive period with – but with Ruth's 93-year-old mum Joan living in Surrey, and Eamonn's mother Josephine in his native Belfast, they can't visit both on Christmas Day together.
Eamonn explained: “We have this issue now, in that we’ve got a sea dividing us. We often have a dilemma of whether I go to Belfast, whether Ruth comes with me.
“But Ruth wants to be with her mum. My mother is 93 this year. It’s easier for us often to be apart.”
Ruth added to Woman & Home magazine: “Being apart for Christmas has never been a problem. I wouldn’t be going to Belfast this year, because I need to be with my mum. It’s about family for me.”
The TV favourite broke down in tears when she was finally able to reunite with her mum back in March after being unable to visit her in her care home due to coronavirus restrictions.
She had bravely documented her heartbreaking struggle on Loose Women – a situation that resonated with millions of Brits across the country during the height of the pandemic.
There was more family joy for Eamonn and Ruth this year when they became grandparents for the first time after Eamonn's son from his previous marriage, Declan, welcomed a daughter.
The 61-year-old star joked at the time: “It surprises people, because they look at me and think, ‘He’s too young to be a grandfather!'”
Eamonn and Ruth have been together for 25 years – married for 11 – and share 19-year-old son Jack.
Neither star wants to spend Christmas away from their elderly parents Credit: Instagram
The couple share son Jack Credit: Instagram
Loose Women’s Ruth Langsford breaks down in tears as she shares heartache at not being able to visit mum in care home