Ruth Langsford has spoken out on feeling "fed up" with her husband Eamonn Holmes as she cares for him while he suffers from chronic pain due to his slipped discs.
The TV presenter, who recently gushed over Rylan's "impressive" body transformation, opened up about the topic to her Loose Women co-stars Gloria Hunniford, 81, Coleen Nolan, 56, and Brenda Edwards, 52.
"Now a lot of you will know that Eamonn started his new job this week and because of that he's been giving a lot of interviews, like you do, and people have asked about his health because he's had a really rough year this year," she said.
Eamonn has endured a number of difficulties over the past year due to his back problem and is now using a walking stick to get around.
She continued: "He said in this interview, which actually made me feel a bit sad, he said, 'I think my family are fed up with me now, the kids are a bit embarrassed about how I move around or don't move around and Ruth's getting a bit fed up with me'.
"And I thought, 'Well I am and I'm not,' it's human when you're helping someone all the time and they're incapacitated, it's hard to be Florence Nightingale all the time.
"And not sometimes roll your eyes or… And it did make me think, it's very difficult when somebody has any kind of chronic condition, which impacts their mobility, it impacts everybody, your family, the people around you. All of your lives slightly change."
Ruth explained how Eamonn has nicknamed her Nurse Ratched, which references the character from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Gloria then shared: "I think, in my opinion, because I've known Eamonn a very long time, he's a typical, macho, gorgeous Irishman and he has great pride in himself. As I hope we all do. I just think that Eamonn doesn't like to be seen in such pain or using his stick or hobbling around."
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Ruth: "I think you feel like a bit of an inconvenience. Like I don't want to be a burden on anybody…"
Since being diagnosed with a trapped sciatic nerve, Eamonn has suffered from insomnia on and off, he can't bend down or walk properly and he's unable to drive.
Speaking to The Sun, he said: “I can’t bend down to pick things up so Ruth ends up having to wait on me, and I know my sons particularly are a bit embarrassed by the way I move around."
Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes
He added: “Even my own family are bored of my moaning. It has caused some strain and Ruth is fed up of hearing about it and of me saying I can’t walk the dog or tidy up, but I can’t help it. It’s agony."
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