Like most of us, Ruth Langsford is finding it difficult to visit her beloved mum Joan amid the pandemic.
This Morning presenter Ruth – who is married to co-star Eamonn Holmes – said she really misses her mum and can only visit her with gloves and an apron on.
The pair share a close bond, but the pandemic has kept them apart as Joan lives in assisted accommodation.
This means Ruth could visit her only a handful of times, and during each of those meetings she was unable to hug her beloved mother.
Opening about the heartbreak that’s caused her, Ruth told OK! mag: “We have a Perspex screen between us and I have to wear a mask, gloves and an apron.”
She added: “She’s been amazing, but she’s of that wartime generation. She’s 88, she’s very stoic about it all. But I do miss her.”
It’s been an especially difficult time for Joan after her daughter, and Ruth’s older sister, Julia took her own life in her home in Surrey June last year after battling depression for many years. She was 62.
What’s more, Ruth’s dad Dennis lost his battle to Alzheimer’s in 2012, making this an incredibly lonely time for Joan and Ruth.
Ruth previously opened up about the tragic heartbreak, telling Prima : “I’ve learned now that I can have those moments; sometimes, I have a good old cry in the shower and feel better for it. I think it’s good to have a loud, snotty cry.”
But Ruth said she knows that she has to keep living her own life.
She continued: “You can’t spend your whole life crying. I’ve done a lot of crying over my sister.
“It’s not even a sense of saying, ‘Pull yourself together and get back to work,’ it’s just that you have to get on with your life and you can’t get on with it if you’re crying all day.”
If you’re struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email email@example.com or visit their site to find your local branch.