Eamonn Holmes, 61, has detailed his battle with shingles in 2018 and how he was struck by the virus on his son Declan’s wedding day.
During an appearance on Loose Women on Thursday, he spoke about his health struggles that left him unable to work on This Morning three years ago. He also shared images of his swollen face covered in spots and scabs during his fight.
Shingles is a viral rash caused by the varicella zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox, which is reactivated. In the UK, 90 percent of adults have had chickenpox, so this virus will lie dormant in their nervous system.
When the photo of Eamonn’s face was shown on the screen, he said, “This is me with shingles looking like Quasimodo over there and as you can see it’s pretty cheeky.”
Pained: Eamonn Holmes, 61, has detailed his battle with shingles and how he was struck by the virus on his son Declan’s wedding day (Eamonn shared the above image from three years ago on Instagram on Wednesday)
He went on, “You’ll say, ‘How the hell did you get that?’ Well, if you’ve had chickenpox and you’ve had the virus, it’s in your system and there’s a very high chance – 60% chance or so – that you will get shingles too.”
Eamonn shares children Declan, 32, Rebecca, 30, Niall, 28, with ex-wife Gabrielle and son Jack, 18, with current wife Ruth Langsford.
On Thursday’s show, he explained the impact of the condition and how his image was ravaged by the side effects on his son’s wedding day.
He said, ‘That was at a time when my eldest son – my only son to get married. That was the first marriage in the family and this is what I looked like on the wedding day and I had to cover that up…
Painful: During an appearance on Loose Women on Thursday, he spoke about his health struggles that left him unable to work on This Morning three years ago
His son: Eamonn shares children Declan, 32, Rebecca, 30, Niall, 28, with ex-wife Gabrielle and son Jack, 18, with current wife Ruth Langsford (Declan pictured)
“So you can imagine, I ruined all the photos, I didn’t want to be in them. I didn’t want to be the center of attention with all this.
“But the timing was terrible. The dangerous thing about mine was that if it’s on your face, it can affect, maybe even affect your eyesight.’
In an interview with I, Eamonn spoke of the horror he felt when he was struck,
He said, ‘It was like a horrible movie, where you feel your face and you go, ‘What’s that?’ I remember going to the bathroom mirror and jumping back startled. I had no idea what the symptoms were or why you would even be vulnerable to it.
Shock: He showed the impact the virus had on his face
Shingles: DISEASE CAUSED BY THE SAME VIRUS AS CHICKENS
Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox, the herpes varicella-zoster virus, and causes a painful rash that develops into itchy blisters.
It is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it, which can also make people feel unwell for several days before a rash appears.
Most people carry the virus dormant after suffering from chickenpox as a child, but it can reactivate later in life to cause shingles.
There is currently no cure for the disease and in most cases the painful rash lasts between 7 and 10 days, although it can take two to four weeks to fully heal.
The disease can also lead to complications such as post-herpetic neuralgia, which is when severe nerve pain persists for more than three months after the rash has cleared.
Estimates suggest that this occurs in at least 1 in 10 people with shingles, although it is more common in older people.
“I had no idea if I’d had chickenpox, so I had to go and ask my mom.”
Later in the day, he shared an image on Instagram and added the caption: ‘Thank you to @itvnews and @loosewomen for spreading the word about #Shingles Awareness. As you can see I had it 3 years ago – and you don’t want…
‘Check out UnderstandingShingles.co.uk funded by @Gsk #AD’.
Eamonn’s discussion comes after he revealed he told Anne Robinson he would have “knocked her head off” if she were a man – after she criticized his parenting.
The sour-tongued 76-year-old TV host previously angered Eamonn after claiming he “sacrificed fatherhood for fame” — and he wasn’t afraid to confront her about it when they met at an airport.
Awkward: Eamonn’s discussion comes after he revealed he told Anne Robinson he would have ‘knocked her head off’ if she were a man – after she criticized his parenting
Speaking of his children on RTE One’s The Meaning of Life show on Irish TV, he said: ‘This is the man who went into an airport lounge one Sunday morning, very, very early in Belfast, and there was another person in there. that lounge and it was Anne Robinson.
“I walked up to her and said simply, very coolly and sincerely, ‘If you were a guy, I’d knock your damn head off. I just want you to know that.’ ‘
The star – who co-hosts this morning with his wife Loose Women star Ruth, 60, during the summer months – slammed Anne’s comments, protesting that he is always there for his children.
Reputation: The sour-tongued 76-year-old TV presenter previously angered Eammon after claiming he “sacrificed fatherhood for fame” — and he wasn’t afraid to confront her about it when they met at an airport
He added: ‘This comes from a man who was due to fly back from London for his children’s school sports days, who would be taking the last flight from Belfast at 10pm after he had put them to bed every night. 8:00 pm, you know, who was just there for them all the time with every need for them.’
Eamonn admitted that the Countdown presenter insisted he sit next to her on the run and apologized for her comments.
He said: ‘Then Anne Robinson asked me to sit next to her on the plane and I thought twice and I sat down next to her, and we had a very enlightening conversation, a very sensible conversation, and she apologized.
Family: Announcer Eamonn, 61, shares children Declan Rebecca, 30, (right) Niall, 28, with ex-wife Gabrielle and Jack, 18, (left) with current wife Ruth Langsford.
‘What can you do if someone apologizes? You have a choice whether to forgive or not, and I decided to forgive her?
‘I’m a good father. No matter how old my kids are – they are 32, 30, 28 and 18 – I check in with them. I’m trying my best.’
Also on the show, Eammon broke down in tears as he paid tribute to his late father Leonard 31 years after his sudden death. He died at age 64 of a heart attack while driving.
Close: The star slammed Anne’s comments, protesting that he is always there for his children (pictured with daughter Rebecca)
He also recalled how his mother Josephine once urged him to let his father give him some money to feel needed.
In the heartbreaking clip, Eamonn said of his tactile and incredibly generous father: “He’s been gone for 31 years now, but I still miss him every day.
“I can’t remember my late father without remembering how he always wanted to take care of… even when I had a successful career. I think he was needed like all of us.’
Describing a vivid memory of his father, as he swallowed the tears, Eamonn said: ‘All he did was give us a big hug, or whatever…
“He just said things like, ‘Do you need money?’ I was on Ulster Television making £12,000 a year. He wasn’t making £12,000 a year or anything close to it.
One day my mother said, ‘Let him give you some money’. I did. I was like ‘yes dad’ and he would give me twenty pounds.’
Eamonn also admitted the hardest part about losing his father so suddenly he couldn’t say goodbye.
He is one of five brothers – Conor, Brian, Leonard and Colm – whom he previously described as his “best friends.”
Devastating: It comes after Eamonn broke down in tears on Sunday night as he paid tribute to his late father, 31 years after his untimely death