In the mid-90s, Eamonn made a presentation on GMTV while Ruth moved to London in order to get on mainstream television.
Sparks flew when the couple first met in 1997 after being introduced by their mutual friend, TV presenter Sally Meen.
Just two years ago, Eamonn had separated from his first wife, Gabrielle Holmes, who is the mother of his three oldest children, Declan, Rebecca and Niall.
They deliberately chose to take their relationship slowly at first in order to be sensitive to Eamonn’s ex-wife and their children.
The flowering couple kept a very low profile at first, never holding hands in public and rarely attending events together.
Rather than being offended by keeping it a secret, Ruth said it only made her love for Eamonn even more.
“I thought that said a lot about the kind of man he was, the kind of father he was and the integrity he had. It made me love her more, not less, “she told the Daily Mail in November 2017.
Eamonn, who has co-hosted This Morning alongside Ruth since 2006, intended to make sure everything was handled with sensitivity when it came to his new relationship with Ruth.
He finally volunteered at the Cheltenham races in 2010, after asking Ruth’s mother for his hand in the marriage because his father was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Out of a solid bond with her husband while participating in Strictly Come Dancing, Ruth said: “Eamonn will be the first to take my mick away from me, but he will also be the first to tell me about his thoughtfulness.
“When I get home after rehearsing, he will have a bowl of foot ice and a gin and tonic on the side. He will take a break from one of his World War II documentaries and listen to me wandering around on my toes, my back, what Anton said and how I can’t remember a stage.
“I don’t pay any attention to him, but I know he won’t think of it. He understands. He understands me. This is why we work. “
Shortly after their relationship, Eamonn and Ruth nearly separated after their very first argument.
“You know, 20 years ago and I tried to make Ruth my ex,” exclaimed Eamonn on a phone call to This Morning to find out if you should come back with an ex-partner.
Eamonn told agonizing aunt Vanessa Feltz that they had almost broken up after a shocking argument.
As Vanessa laughed, Ruth shook her head and sighed, “It was our first row. You are so dramatic. “
Eamonn continued, “I said,” This is it, it doesn’t work, bye. ”
“And I went to close the door and she pushed it back and you know what she said to me?”
“Oh, don’t be stupid.” ”
Ruth joked that they had been “paddling since”, while Eamonn revealed that she had asked him why he would ever want to dump her.
“Why would I ever want to dump you?” “He said, smiling as he counted jokingly on his fingers.
Ruth gave birth to their son Jack in 2002, and Eamonn eventually divorced from Gabrielle in 2005.
The couple married in a lavish ceremony in June 2010 at Elvetham Hall, Hampshire, in front of family and friends.
Eamonn previously revealed that the secret to their happy marriage is “compromise”.
He was put in a corner when asked about the book by Jilly Cooper, 50, How to Stay Married, which states that women must be “housekeeper, cook, hostess, dressmaker and glamor,” among others. .
Ruth asked Eamonn’s husband what he thought was the secret to a happy marriage in an interview with Hello! magazine last year.
“Secrecy is compromise, secrecy is consideration and a lot of spouses,” replied Eamonn.
But Ruth said she believed their sense of humor and laughter were more important.
Giving her own advice, Ruth added, “I would say laughter is what keeps us together. Eamon is actually very good. We have a very equal relationship, it is very equal in our marriage.
“People will say” who wears the pants “, well nobody. You find your way, he is not the boss and I am not the boss – in modern relationships, that’s probably how it should be. “
In June of this year, Eamonn shared his “admiration” for Ruth while discussing their relationship away from the cameras.
“Ruth doesn’t talk about work,” he revealed on The Journey podcast with Pete Snodden.
“She likes to be a housekeeper and I have never seen anyone with the energy she has. She always creates clothes for QVC.
“It seems to be her passion, this fashion creation that she has been doing for three years. ”
“We are different people,” he added, before saying, “No one is pressuring, she is the patron of our relationship. “
The presentation duo had hilarious and awkward lines on the screen live on This Morning on “trash” gifts, “lightly clad” photos and even bacon.
But after their live televised clashes, the couple still make up and go home together at the end of the day.
“She always criticizes me. So I usually say “oh, give yourself some rest”, you know. She will say that she rules me and I will say that I encourage her to be freer, “said Eamonn.
He said Ruth is “much happier to be at home” because she “likes being a mother” and taking her dog for a walk.
“I have so much admiration for her, but we are different people, who marry and show up together,” he added.
* Celebrity Gogglebox is broadcast on Friday on channel 4 at 9 p.m.