Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford will be spending Christmas ‘with a sea dividing’ them this year.
The pair, who are often forced to choose between celebrating in England or Northern Ireland, have decided to visit their respective mothers during the holidays.
Ruth’s mum Joan lives in a care home in Surrey and the Loose Women presenter was unable to visit her for several months during the pandemic. Ruth also recently revealed Joan was left ‘battered and bruised’ following a fall last month.
The pair both reunited with their mums after lockdown eased, with Eamonn describing meeting up with his mum Josie after so many months apart as ‘everything’.
Speaking to Woman and Home about their plans for Christmas, Eamonn, 61, said it was a common issue in deciding where to spend the holidays: ‘We have this issue now, in that we’ve got a sea dividing us. We often have a dilemma of whether I go to Belfast, whether Ruth comes with me.
‘But Ruth wants to be with her mum. My mother is 93 this year. It’s easier for us often to be apart.’
Ruth, 61, added: ‘Being apart for Christmas has never been a problem. I wouldn’t be going to Belfast this year, because I need to be with my mum. It’s about family for me.’
That’s not to say the couple – who have been married since 2010 and share son Jack – aren’t celebrating Christmas together at home before taking their respective trips.
Ruth went on: ‘I start Christmas early. I’m that person that when someone says, “Have you seen? It’s ridiculous – such-and-such supermarket has already got their Christmas things in, and it’s only July,” I go, “Oh, have they? Which branch?”
‘Eamonn has regressed into childhood. The older he gets, the more he goes back into his childhood at Christmas.’
Ruth previously called her mum’s first visit back to the house she shares with Eamonn, 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.’
‘I think it’s made us all realise the importance of loved ones and family when you couldn’t see them,’ Ruth, who’s often referred to her mother over the past year while presenting, added.
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 previously explained of their reunion: ‘I think a lot of people felt that frustration. So to meet up with loved ones is everything.’