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GMB's Ben Shephard shares his heartbreak for son Sam

The Tipping Point host is a proud father of two

Gemma Strong

Ben Shephard revealed there has been some upset in his family following the latest announcement from the government. The 46-year-old Good Morning Britain star appeared on the show on Thursday with Kate Garraway, and was asked about his Christmas.

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"It was just all over too quickly, and then we're back and we're all thrown into it [lockdown]," he began. "Bit of turmoil, of course, because Sam's doing his GCSEs this year – or was supposed to be doing his GCSEs – so bless him, he spent the whole of Christmas doing his revision for his mocks…"

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"Oh, he's such a good boy!" Kate interjected. "I don't know where he gets it from," Ben joked. "Well, he gets it from his mum! He certainly doesn't get it from me."

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Laughing, Kate agreed: "He gets it from Annie – you're still thinking about doing your GCSE revision!"

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Ben has been married to wife Annie since 2004

Ben continued: "I have to say there's been a huge drop-off in the amount of industry at home, once that announcement was made! I just feel that it's so frustrating for anyone doing GCSEs, A-Levels and the B-Techers, that's a really complicated situation as well."

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Ben has been married to wife Annie since 2004, and together they share two boys: Sam and his younger brother, Jack. Speaking in October, Ben gave an insight into how his sons had coped with the first lockdown.

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The couple with their boys, Jack and Sam

The Tipping Point host explained: "Jack is much smaller, but he is the emotional one and the one who will explode. Sam is a lot more gentle.

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"Often, if there's anything physical, it will come from Jack. They're good mates and they’re pretty different."

Ben continued: "Having boys is like having dogs. You just need to run them every day. If they're stuck inside every day, the built-up energy is extraordinary. As long as they feel like they've been able to exercise, then I'm very content with how that comes about."

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