Eamonn Holmes has revealed that his ongoing back problems have put a ‘strain’ on his relationship with wife Ruth Langsford.
The presenter, 62, who is about to start his new job on GB News, revealed that the pain from a trapped sciatic nerve has led him to struggle to walk and made him ‘grumpier’.
He told The Sun: ‘I don’t walk – it’s more of a wobble. It has been very difficult this year. My problem is a trapped sciatic nerve, but I don’t even know quite how it initially happened.
‘For months now I haven’t been able to walk, sometimes at all, and it has really taken its toll on everyone around me too.’
Eamonn revealed that his health issues mean he can’t bend down to pick things up so Ruth, 61, ends up ‘waiting on’ him, while his sons are ‘a bit embarrassed by the way I move around.’
Due to his mobility issues, Eamonn has to use a hook to pull his trousers up and aids to get his shoes and socks on, and even had to stop driving and sell his car back to a dealer, which he found ‘quite emasculating’.
He has been working with a trainer who has helped Premier League footballers, in order to keep himself mobile and admits he hid the problem so that people wouldn’t ‘write him off’.
Eamonn added: ‘Even my own family are bored of my moaning. It has caused some strain and Ruth is fed up of hearing about it and of me saying I can’t walk the dog or tidy up, but I can’t help it. It’s agony.’
The former This Morning presenter sometimes takes Tramadol if he has plans for which he needs to be pain free, but it is not something he can take all the time.
As well as his health struggles, Eamonn is going to have to get used to waking up for breakfast television hours again for GB News – which also led to an awkward moment with his wife.
He asked her if she’d rather move out of their bedroom and sleep in the spare room as his alarm goes off at 2.45am, explaining: ‘I was trying to be considerate.
‘I really struggle getting myself dressed in the mornings because of my back problems, and the last thing she wants is me clattering around with the lights on at 3am.
‘In our bedroom we’ve got a bathroom that works really well for getting ready for work, and all my clothes and the extra things I’ve been using to help get myself dressed are there too, so I just thought it might be good if she went to the other room.
‘She glared at me angrily and told me in no uncertain terms that she won’t be moving, so I think that means I’m being turfed out. She was deadly serious.’