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I'm going to be a grandad, emotional Eamonn tells This Morning viewers

Presenter tells of joy at son's news as he battles with chronic back pain


Excited: Eamonn Holmes with wife Ruth on This Morning yesterday as he tells viewers he will be a grandfather

Excited: Eamonn Holmes with wife Ruth on This Morning yesterday as he tells viewers he will be a grandfather

Declan Holmes and wife Jenny

Declan Holmes and wife Jenny


Excited: Eamonn Holmes with wife Ruth on This Morning yesterday as he tells viewers he will be a grandfather

Eamonn Holmes has been inundated with good wishes after revealing he is taking on a new role later this year - as a doting grandfather.

The broadcaster (61) made the announcement on This Morning, hours after teasing viewers that he had "something to tell them".

The happy news came after the Belfast man revealed he had been battling chronic pain.

The presenter broke the news alongside wife Ruth Langsford, telling viewers: "There's something I want to talk to you about. It's been a tough year for everybody and it's been a tough week for me. There's not much good news around.

"I don't like complaining, but I've been in a lot of pain. It's not been a good time. I've been in tears and I (am) in tears again."

Showing a picture of son Declan and his wife Jenny to the camera, Eamonn continued: "These people are called Declan and Jenny. The clue is their surname is Holmes. Declan is my eldest boy and Jenny is his beloved wife.

"They've just announced that I - together with Valerie and Robin, Jenny's mum and dad, and Gabrielle, Declan's mummy - we're all going to be grandparents.

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"Can you seriously believe that I'd be a grandpa? (I'm) far too young.

"Son, play your cards right and I'll get the catering all organised for the christening.

"I'm very happy. I didn't think I'd be so happy. I got very emotional about it. I'm so young and vibrant and maybe (I'm so happy) because I've been a bit down. What lovely news."

He went on to reassure the parents-to-be that they were under "no obligation" to name their little one Eamonn.

An excited Ruth said while she may become known as the "wicked step-grandmother", she still planned to sneak the baby treats.

"You (Eamonn) looked a bit like a grandad this week," she joked.

He added: "Thank you (to his son and wife) for bringing so much joy and happiness into our lives at this very miserable time."

His fans were quick to send well wishes, with one writing: "You brought me to tears earlier when you announced that you are expectant grandparents. Couldn't wish for better news. You are going to be an amazing granpappy and Ruth an amazing step grandmum. Of course hearty congratulations to your eldest son and his wife on their pregnancy news."

A second said: "The look on your face (following the last week of absolute pain you have been in) was one of total pride and joy. I'm delighted for you. Congratulations to you and the family."

A third added: "Congratulations to you and your family! There's nothing more lovely than the arrival of a baby - it fills you with hope. And I hope it brings you some respite during this tough time."

Comber-based Declan and Jenny (nee Gouk) married in August 2018 at Castle Leslie in Glaslough, Co Monaghan - the venue where Sir Paul McCartney tied the knot with Heather Mills in 2002.

Declan (32), MD of the Nightcap Event group, which specialises in pop-up bars and providing staff for hospitality venues, is Eamonn's son from his previous marriage. After splitting from his now ex-wife Gabrielle in 1995, the broadcaster married Ruth in 2010. They have a son called Jack.

The baby is due in July.

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