Eamonn Holmes discusses working with wife Ruth Langsford
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Ruth Langsford has opened up about the start of her relationship with husband Eamonn Holmes, as she feared it would all go wrong when she met his three children from his first marriage.
Ruth, 61, admitted she was “very nervous” before meeting Eamonn’s children at the beginning of their romance.
She knew that if they did not all get along, her relationship with her now-husband would likely be “doomed”.
Eamonn, 62, shares Declan, 33, Rebecca, 31, and Niall, 29, with his ex-wife Gabrielle Holmes.
He and Gabrielle were married from 1985 until 2005, though they separated in 1994.
Ruth and Eamonn met the following year when his children were all under ten.
The pressure was on for the Loose Women host, who revealed: “Because he’s such a devoted father, I do remember thinking, ‘If they don’t like me, this relationship is doomed.’”
She also explained the advice Eamonn gave her before he introduced her to his brood.
“Quite understandably, they’re his number one priority, so I was very nervous,” said Ruth.
“But Eamonn was great because he said to me, ‘Just be yourself and let them come to you. They are very different personalities,’ and he told me which ones would come first and second and they all absolutely did.
“He said, ‘Just don’t interview them,’ because you know sometimes with children I can be like, ‘So, how was school? What are your favourite sports?'”
Ruth added that she has always been “very mindful” of Eamonn’s ex-wife so as not to overstep boundaries when it came to her kids or try to be their new mother.
“I never tried to take that role at all,” she said, “I was more just a friend, [then] daddy’s girlfriend and now wife.”
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In the early days, they opted to keep their relationship under wraps so as not to upset anyone.
Ruth told The Daily Mail this only made her fall more in love with Eamonn, as she gushed: “I thought it spoke volumes about the sort of man he was, the sort of father he was and the integrity he had. It made me love him more, not less.”
Former This Morning hosts Ruth and Eamonn went on to welcome their own child, a son named Jack, in 2002, and they tied the knot in 2010.
When Ruth was pregnant with Jack, she experienced a breakthrough with her stepchildren.
“I do remember the most wonderful moment for me, when I felt that they really do like me, was when they wanted to come to London for the weekend and Eamonn was working,” she said.
“He was really busy at the time doing the Lottery. He said, ‘Well you can come but I’m not really around. Ruth is here,’ and they said, ‘That’s fine.’
“It was an acceptance of me, and obviously they saw him, but I spent most of that time with them and I thought, ‘Well, if they don’t like me they wouldn’t come knowing they were going to have to spend most of the day with me.'”
Ruth and Eamonn went on to tie the knot in 2010 at Elvetham Hall in Hampshire.
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