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Ruth Langsford reveals 'physical pain' of huge family change

The Loose Women star opened up about empty nest syndrome

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Chloe Best
Lifestyle Features Editor
August 24, 2022
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Ruth Langsford has admitted she suffered "empty nest syndrome" after her son Jack left home for university.

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The This Morning presenter spent days "sniffing his pillow" after the teenager moved out of the family’s £3million home, as she and husband Eamonn Holmes adjusted to everyday life without him.

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"I truly understand the pain of empty nest syndrome. The day we dropped Jack off at university, we said goodbye and, as we got around the corner, I burst into tears and Eamonn was crying too," Ruth told Woman & Home.

"It sounds dramatic but for the next three days, I felt like I'd had my womb ripped out. It was physical pain. I was sitting on his bed, sniffing his pillow, and I kept his bedroom door shut because then I could imagine he was in there."

Ruth Langsford son Jack© Photo: Instagram

Ruth Langsford was heartbroken when her son Jack left for university

However, one year on, Ruth said the family has adjusted to their new routine. "Now it's great. Jack seems so happy and I don't get as upset each time he comes home and then leaves again," Ruth revealed.

Ruth and Eamonn share a beautiful Surrey home, and both regularly reveal glimpses inside on social media.

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Recently, Ruth showcased her dressing room, complete with fitted wardrobes and a Hollywood-style mirror at the dressing table. Meanwhile, other highlights include a Manchester United-themed ‘man cave’ for Eamonn, and a sprawling garden where the couple enjoy relaxing and gardening.

Ruth and Eamonn Holmes kitchen© Photo: Instagram

Ruth and Eamonn have adjusted to being empty nesters

It has been a year of big changes for the couple; as well as their son Jack leaving home, their joint presenting role on This Morning also came to an end as Eamonn started a new presenting job with GB News.

Ruth returned to the show earlier this week to present alongside Rylan, who she has previously described as her "TV son", and fans were delighted about her comeback.

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