Ruth Langsford in swipe at Eamonn Holmes as she addresses son’s birth: ‘He was nervous’

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Loose Women panellist Ruth Langsford, 60, has opened up about her experience giving birth with her husband Eamonn Holmes, 60, by her side. The couple welcomed their son Jack Holmes, 18, in 2002 and went on to tie the knot in 2010.

Sharing a rare insight into her family life, Ruth admitted if she had decided to have another child with Eamonn, she would have preferred it if he wasn’t in the delivery room with her due to his “nervous” disposition during Jack’s birth.

The This Morning favourite got onto the subject while speaking to her Loose Women co-stars about home births in today’s episode of the ITV show.

Ruth said: “I like the idea of women helping women and Eamonn wouldn’t mind me saying this, because I’ve said it to him, is that had we have had another child together, I would have had my best friend.”

Explaining her thought process, the presenter added: “Because it was lovely he was there, but he was nervous.

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“And I think I would have been happy with him to just be waiting outside and you have a woman with you who you’re close to and who knows what she’s doing.”

The television personality also shared a rare photo of herself and her son when he was a baby during the programme.

Ruth was pictured smiling for the camera while relaxing on a bed with Jack laying down beside her.

Opening up about her reservations about home births, Ruth said: “I love the idea of it  and I understand, you know, the baby’s in your womb and it’s dark and warm and quiet and then it comes out to bright lights and people and things.

“However, I would just be too frightened. I’ve only had one baby so Jack was my first and I would have just been too frightened if something had gone wrong.”

Ruth went on to say: “You have to do what’s right for you.

“But it is interesting that more women are looking into home births now.”

Elsewhere, Ruth took to Instagram earlier this week to thank her followers for their “lovely comments” following her emotional appearance on Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow on Saturday night.

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The TV star was seen in floods of tears when she won £33,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society during an appearance on the game show with Eamonn.

Ruth posted a still from the programme on the picture-sharing site in view of her 863,000 followers.

Alongside the image, she wrote: “Thank you for all your lovely comments about our appearance on Play Your Cards Right on @itv on Saturday night.”

Following Ruth and Eamonn’s television appearance, the mum-of-one thanked her supportive husband for always being by her side.


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Shortly after the programme aired, Eamonn wrote on his own Instagram account: “She won £30k to help @alzheimerssoc on tonight’s Play Your Cards Right.

“Believe me, she had reasons to shed those tears,” he added.

Eamonn continued: “Once again so proud of her for all she does in the fight against this cruel disease.”

Ruth replied: “SO emotional. Thank you for always being by my side darling.”

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.

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