Both Eamonn and Ruth are delighted to be able to see their mums more freely now (Picture: Instagram/ruthlangsford/eamonnholmes)
Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have shared their joy at being properly reunited with their elderly mothers following the strict coronavirus lockdown measures.
The TV presenting couple have just begun their seven-week summer hosting duties on This Morning while main presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby take their annual break, after losing their regular Friday slot to Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary in 2020.
They have both, like millions of others, been separated from their beloved mums Josie, 92, and Joan, 88, due to UK quarantine restrictions.
Ruth, whose mother Joan lives in a care home, meaning particularly stringent rules had to be followed, called her mum’s first visit back to Ruth and Eamonn’s house, where she had a sherry and a dance peeling vegetables, ‘the best thing ever’.
Talking to the Daily Mirror, Ruth shared: ‘Both of our mums are elderly now and these are their twilight years and you want to make them as special as you can and see them as much as you can.’
Ruth was first able to see her mother in person, in her room in the care home, in March after passing a Covid-19 test, and has then been able to make a few visits in PPE since.
‘I think it’s made us all realise the importance of loved ones and family when you couldn’t see them,’ the 61-year-old, who’s often referred to her mother over the past year while presenting, admitted.
Eamonn’s mother Josie is a widow after his father Leonard died from a heart attack 30 years ago, and the former Sky News Sunrise presenter, also 61, described meeting up with her after so many months apart as ‘everything’.
He explained: ‘I think a lot of people felt that frustration. So to meet up with loved ones is everything.’
Eamonn, who’s been married to Ruth for 11 years, also shared that they kept happy together with each other ‘a huge amount of tolerance and a good dollop of humour’.
Eamonn and Ruth have been a presenting duo for years (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV)
That humour was on display recently when he took to Instagram to chat chippies in Belfast, after he got chatting to a lady who then donated her husband’s portion of fish and chips to him so he wouldn’t go without his tea.
‘Stanley has lost his dinner because she wouldn’t let me go, because she gave me Stanley’s dinner,’ Eamonn explained in the video he shared.
‘Stanley’s fish and chips. God love you.’
Credit: Original article published here.