Teary Ruth Langsford shares heartbreaking family farewell

Ruth Langsford admits she’s ‘never tried to be’ mother to Eamonn Holmes’ children

Speaking to Hello!’s In A Good Place podcast with Rosie Nixon, the presenter shared the heartbreak she felt when her beloved offspring left the family home. She detailed how she struggled to adjust when the now 21-year-old packed his bags.

The former This Morning star recalled rigorously preparing him for his new life. She joked that it was “like building a house”.

Amid the mayhem of buying pots and pans, the emotions did not kick in until the day came for him to move to Manchester. Due to COVID restrictions at the time, only one parent was allowed in his halls of residence.

This meant Ruth was lugging boxes up and down the stairs while husband Eamon Holmes patiently waited in reception. After settling him in, the moment came for her and her spouse, 64, to leave and that was the moment she nearly broke down.

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“And I remember thinking, and I looked at Jack. I could see his eyes were getting a bit wet,” she remembered.

“I thought let’s not prolong this, we can’t prolong this.

“We don’t want him to get embarrassed and us weeping all over him.”

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As the trio said their goodbyes, Eamon gave him a big tight squeeze, and they left. 

Ruth said she fought back her tears but all she could think about was not crying. Hiding her emotions she gave one final wave while attempting a smile.

The Loose Women star revealed: “Even now it makes me cry.”

In the car, the couple sweetly held hands and pulled themselves together, but started sobbing again.

Ruth found the first week incredibly “horrible”.

The former This Morning presenter said she came home and kept going into his room.

“I would smell his pillow as it smelt of him, I got hold of the pillow and had a good old cry.”

Despite the “horrendous” ordeal, Jack completed his degree and graduated leaving his parents super proud.

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