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Why Eamonn Holmes was 'hands off' while romancing new love Ruth

By Staff Reporter

Eamonn Holmes has revealed how he is still reluctant to hold hands with his wife in public, in case they are photographed together.

The romantic Belfast broadcaster also opened his heart about how he and his This Morning co-star Ruth Langsford ended up going out.

The couple, who have been married since 2010 and have a 13-year-old son Jack, began dating 18 years ago.

And despite the passage of time, they say they are still addicted to each other.

In an interview with Fabulous magazine, Eamonn spoke of the difficulty of explaining to his three older children - Declan (25), Rebecca (24) and Niall (21) - that he had found a new romance after splitting with their mother in Belfast.

He said he was nervous about being seen holding hands with Ruth in public in the early days of their relationship for fear of being photographed.

"We were 'papped' holding hands before I was comfortable letting people know about our relationship," the Sky Sunrise presenter told the magazine.

"I had young children and didn't want to go to them and say 'this is daddy's girlfriend' when they already didn't understand about mummy and daddy.

"So, hand-holding still freaks me out."

Ruth, who hosts This Morning alongside her husband every Friday, said she was left "star-struck" when she met him for the first time after he gave her a lift to a party.

However, it took Eamonn two years to ask her out.

"You're still star-struck," he joked. "You can't believe your luck."

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