Ruth Langsford has shared her positive experience of being a stepmother to Eamonn Holmes' now-adult children, describing their relationship as "fantastic".
The Loose Women star was discussing a segment on why stepmothers are often portrayed as 'evil' with fellow panelists on the ITV show this week (Wednesday 6th January), during which she acknowledged that while she tries to take on a "nurturing" role as a stepmum, it can be "very difficult balance and a fine tight rope you're walking".
Eamonn has three grown-up children, Rebecca, Declan and Niall, from his first marriage to Gabrielle.
"It is interesting that it's always the stepmothers who are portrayed as the wicked or evil stepmother," Ruth told viewers. "I am officially a stepmother, although they don't call me that phrase very often."
"I actually sign things saying 'From your wicked stepmother'," she joked. "It's like a term of endearment in a way. I'm very lucky I have a fantastic relationship with my stepchildren.
"I always think a stepmother has to be very nurturing actually, it's a very difficult balance and a fine tight rope you're walking."
Ruth and Eamonn, both 61, are parents to 18-year-old Jack. The TV star has previously revealed she would have liked more children but she didn't meet Eamonn until she was 37.
"I was 42 when I had Jack, and I always knew, way before I met Eamonn, in my grand plan of life, I wanted to have children, I didn't meet Eamonn until I was 37," she told Closer magazine.
"I would have liked to have had more children, but everything in life is about timing and my timing has always been later than sooner."
Loose Women airs on ITV on weekdays.
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