Ruth Langsford revealed how she copes with the loss of her sister (Picture: Rex & Ruth Langsford Instagram)
Ruth Langsford has opened up about her struggles to talk to her mother about the death of her sister Julia Johnson, revealing the heartbreaking reason she avoids the conversation.
Johnson took her life in 2019 at the age of 62 after a long battle with depression.
During Wednesday’s Loose Women, TV presenter Ruth revealed that she doesn’t talk about her late sibling with her mum as she’s ‘worried about upsetting her’.
She explained: ‘I think she probably feels the same way as me, so sometimes we both hold back from discussing my sister. Especially during the pandemic when I haven’t been able to be there with her, I don’t want to talk about my sister on the phone.
‘I had visions of my mum being on her own afterwards in tears. But I think [grieving is] about allowing people to talk, actually, it’s good to talk.’
The presenter acknowledged that it is best to handle grief whichever way works best for you, even if that means choosing to ignore the date of someone’s passing.
Ruth shared the news on Twitter in 2019 (Picture: Ruth Langsford Instagram)
The Loose Women star had confirmed the tragic news on Twitter, explaining she was completely ‘broken’.
Sharing a snap alongside her late sister, the 61-year-old told her followers: ‘My lovely Sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken.
‘She was the kindest and most gentle soul and I will miss her forever. As I am sure
‘Thank you for your understanding.’
Johnson, a landscape gardener, was found in the garage of her home in Lingfield, Surrey, where she lived with her husband Paul.
Johnson had suffered with depression for years but on her last visit to a psychiatrist, it was decided that she was improving greatly and had ‘settled’, with her appointments being dropped to one every six months.
Paul Johnson, Julia’s husband, discovered her body after he became concerned about his wife while visiting their daughter Katie.
Johnson had previously spoken about living with depression, telling the Express in 2010: ‘In adult life, I have suffered from depression, especially when I hit my 50s. I’m learning to deal with it now, but Ruth has been really supportive.’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.