Ruth Langsford to 'step back' from Loose Women amid Eamonn Holmes split

Ruth Langsford is taking a 'step back' from Loose Women amid her split with Eamonn Holmes after 14 years of marriage and a total of 27 years together.

On Saturday, 25 May, it was announced by a representative for the pair that they were going their separate ways. They share a 22 year old son, named Jack.

The statement said: “Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes have confirmed their marriage is over and they are in the process of divorcing.” The Sun reported that amid the news, Ruth will not appear on Loose Women this week, where she often anchors the show.

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford at an event.
Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have split after 27 years together -Credit:No credit

By contrast, Eamonn is expected to return to his slot on GB news as normal. It's said that he will address the split when he's back on our screens on Monday, 27 May.

A source told the publication: “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.

“He is putting on a brave face and will be the true professional he always is. Focusing on work will be a welcome distraction.”

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford
Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have been married for 14 years and are a TV golden couple -Credit:Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Eamonn is said to have moved out of the family home that he shared with Ruth into a house nearby. Speaking about the split, one source told MailOnline: "Ruth and her team have been telling their friends to look out for the comments, which they are planning to put on social media.

"It's a very sorry tale. They are both so loved by the British public, they won over so many people on This Morning which they hosted for more than a decade."

ITV confirmed to OK! that Ruth will not be appearing on Loose Women this week.

It has now been reported that Ruth and Eamonn 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.

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Ruth is said to be temporarily stepping back from Loose Women amid her divorce announcement

A friend of the couple has claimed that Ruth has "become more his carer than his wife" and that his health woes had made him "thoroughly miserable". The insider also claimed that Ruth began to get the brunt of his frustrations, and that the dynamic became too much for the couple.

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. OK! has contacted Ruth's reps for comment.