Ruth Langsford felt 'more carer than wife' as Eamonn Holmes' health battle took 'torrid' turn

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford
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Following the news that they have called time on their 14-year marriage, it has now been reported that Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes were having a tough time coping with the latter's health battle. Eamonn has been battling chronic back pain after undergoing spinal surgery in 2022 and a double-hip replacement in 2016.

The couple, who were together for 27 years, announced that they are in the process of divorcing on Saturday (25 May), and a friend of the couple has now claimed: "Ruth has become more his carer than a wife. Eamonn has been thoroughly miserable."

Talking to MailOnline, they continued: "He has had a torrid time with his health, he's in constant pain, and the truth is he can't contain how miserable it makes him." Continuing that Ruth began to get the brunt of his frustrations, the source explained that the dynamic became to much for the couple.

Ruth Langsford crying
A source has claimed that Ruth was 'getting the brunt' of Eamonn's frustrations over his health -Credit:(Image: ITV)

They added: "In the end it just started to get her [Ruth] down more than she could accept. She needs her own life. It's a case of her wanting to get out and enjoy herself. Women at Ruth's age realise that they only have ten, 20, 30 years max left and they want to have some fun."

OK! has approached Ruth and Eamonn's representatives for comment.

While neither Ruth nor Eamonn have spoken out on the news themselves or given a reason for the split, it has also been reported that work commitments had the pair going in separate directions.

Eamonn Holmes
Eamonn has been battling chronic pain for several years now -Credit:Instagram/Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn and Ruth, both 64, first met in the mid-90s after they were introduced by their mutual friend, TV presenter Sally Meen. They went on to marry at The Elvetham hotel in Hampshire on 26 June 2010 and welcomed son, Jack, in 2002.

The confirmation of their divorce followed on from swirling rumours about the couple, who haven't been pictured together in months. GB News presenter Eamonn previously sparked concerns about the state of his relationship after telling his followers he had "loads to think about".

And following the news breaking over the weekend, it's now been reported that Eamonn will speak out on the split when he returns to work at GB News on Monday morning.

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford
Ruth and Eamonn were together for 27 years and are known as one of TV's 'golden couples' -Credit:Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

A source revealed that Eamonn understands viewers will expect him to comment and he's ready to share his perspective. "Eamonn is always frank on camera and knows it will be odd for him to discuss the day's news without mentioning his split so he'll say a few words," the insider confirmed while talking to The Sun.