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Eamonn Holmes' co-host Isabel Webster became his 'nurse' during health struggle

Eamonn Holmes has gushed about how co-host Isabel Webster supported him through his recent health struggles.

Last September, the GB News presenter underwent spinal surgery after suffering from chronic pain.

Shortly after his operation, Eamonn, 63, fractured his shoulder after falling down the stairs at his Surrey-based home.

In a new interview, the presenter has opened up about how Isabel, 40, helped him through some challenging days.

Speaking to Hello!, Eamonn revealed that the mother-of-two had taken his weight whilst the pair finished up reporting outside of Buckingham Palace following Queen Elizabeth’s death.

He said: “There was scaffolding everywhere. On the long route back to the car, Isabel took my weight and steered me.”

“I went into nurse mode,” explained the mum-of-two, before Eamonn added: “After everything we’ve been through together, it feels like we’ve been through a war.”

The presenting duo first got familiar with each other while working on Sky’s Sunrise in 2014.

The Northern Irish broadcaster had initially hosted the show with Lorna Dunkley between October 2005 and January 2007, before working with Charlotte Hawkins between 2007 to 2014.

Isabel then stepped in beside Eamonn on Sunrise until the latter announced his departure in September 2016.

In December 2021, it was announced that the star would join GB News and would host the breakfast show with Isabel from January 2022.

Speaking about how their latest partnership came about, Eamonn said: “Isabel called me and said, ‘Why don’t you come to GB News?’”

He went on to say: “I can’t ever imagine us arguing or not having her in my life.

“In this business, no one else will fight your corner. But if anyone had a go at Isabel, I might punch them.”

The loyalty is evidently mutual as the 40-year-old added that she was “allowed to be rude” to Eamonn but nobody else was.

Last month, the 63-year-old gave an update on his health and admitted that he felt “humble” and “helpless”.

Speaking to Best Magazine, the father-of-four said: “Well, I can walk if that’s what you mean (50 steps, to be exact) but I now accept life is easier with help from others.

“Getting around with crutches is exhausting. I wish I could walk further but, for now, I can’t.”

He also admitted that asking for help is “truly draining” but that he is very “grateful”.

“However, it’s truly draining when you have to say, “Do you mind? Could you…? Thank you, I’m sorry.’

“The good news is the op last year cured me of my back pain…I lost full mobility. I’m doing everything I can to get better. But it’s slow.”


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