Following my recent interview with the poor, downtrodden but absolutely fabulous Mrs Fry, I thought it was time to bring back a bit of warm fuzziness. We all love to read something that warms the cockles of our hearts and a love story is just the thing – especially one we can follow on Twitter.
Together for the last 13 years and very much in love, Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) and Ruth Langsford (@RuthieeL) are one of my favourite celebrity couples. They finally tied the knot in June in a romantic country wedding in Hampshire, featured exclusively in HELLO!. Having kept tight-lipped about the wedding, Eamonn posted on his Twitter page on 27th June:
Hello. Sorry if me and @RuthieeL have been a bit quiet these past few days… but have been a bit preoccupied – we got married yesterday!
He immediately followed up by commenting:
Although it was a truly stunningly beautiful day – even the sun was eclipsed by my beautiful bride, who I love even more than before.
Well needless to say, Twitter almost exploded with this piece of news and to have it straight from Eamonn, rather than reading something written by a third party, was a treat.
Ruth and Eamonn are perfect examples of celebrities using Twitter brilliantly. They are engaging, interesting and most important of all; they reward their followers with personal tweets on a regular basis.
Television presenter, Ruth, who presents This Morning every Friday on ITV with her husband, has almost 40,000 Twitter followers. She doesn’t tweet quite as often as Eamonn, but when she does, we see her first as a mother and wife, rather than a celebrity. She’s completely down to earth, tweeting recently that she was going to be celebrity spotting at the Pride of Britain Awards! As a mother myself, I love to see her tweets about doing the normal, every day things that we mothers do, such as in a recent tweet:
Morning. Tough getting up for school run this morning . . .sports kit, reading book, fruit snack….respect to all of you with more than one!
She also loves a bit of banter and the night before presenting BBC Radio London breakfast show in September, she tweeted:
For the first time since Jack was a baby I’ll be up before @EamonnHolmes! Any tips for making sure I sleep? x
After being flooded with answers she then tweeted:
Thanks for all your tips. So, that’s a hot bath, a lettuce sandwich, cup of horlicks, lavender oil on the pillow and a good book! x
Ruth was kind enough to chat with me recently about what she loves so much about Twitter. She told me:
“Twitter is addictive. I sit down to post a couple of messages and an hour later I’m chatting to people about whether we prefer hobnobs or chocolate digestives!”
I also asked her if the tweets she receives are mainly nice ones or is there a lot of negativity?
“People are generally very nice,” she said, “but it’s also a great platform for a heated debate. There is a real sense of community, something which is lacking in so many of our lives, and whatever you need help with you’ll always find someone on Twitter who knows or knows a man who does!”
Eamonn too, with almost 80,000 followers, is a Twitter gem. I had the great pleasure of having a lovely chat with him a few days ago and found him to be both charming and funny. Before our chat, I may have told him that I’m… em… quite shy and was nervous about speaking to him. I then proceeded to chew his ear off for a whole hour (not literally of course) about everything and anything. Maybe it was his melodic Northern Irish accent that drew me in or maybe his years of interviewing just put me at ease, but make no mistake, this lovely man is as wonderful an interviewee as interviewer.
Eamonn has a great, natural sense of humour and we can see that in his tweets. The other day he tweeted:
Sitting in park. How come dogs have a never ending supply of urine on tap at will to mark territory? They must be attached to the mains!
And only yesterday, during tweets about ‘I’m A Celebrity’, he joked:
@RuthieeL and myself lined up for jungle next week to stoke things up – am def going. Then I’ll run and leave her there! Haha!!!
As fans, it’s obvious why we love to follow celebrities and see them tweet about even the mundane things, but what does a successful celebrity find so attractive about Twitter? I asked Eamonn and he told me:
“I love that Twitter is a two way process and that it’s all conducted in real time. I get to chat to my followers and also get their feedback straight away.”
I’ve also noticed that Eamonn loves to get a good debate going on Twitter – whether it’s about a football match or something more serious (yes, there are things more serious than football!). I asked him if any particular debate springs to mind as one that gets the most reaction, and he has no hesitation:
“Homework is the one subject that’s sure to get the Twitterati fired up,” he says. “I’m very anti-homework and believe children should finish their work while in school. I think homework just eats into family life and takes up precious time we should be spending with our children. I often tweet about this, especially on a Sunday night when Jack is finishing his weekend homework. The tweets I get from people who support my views, even teachers, are overwhelming.”
When I see Ruth and Eamonn tweeting to each other, I have a picture of them sitting side by side on the sofa, laptops on knees, tweeting away to their heart’s content. I asked Eamonn about this and he laughed:
“Ours is a three story house,” he explained. “Ruth’s office is on the ground floor and mine right up the top of the house. With my knees and back, I can’t be doing with walking all the way down the stairs, so if I want to ask her something, it seems easier to tweet!”
Eamonn told me that what he loves most about Twitter is the fact that there’s no middle person. “There’s nobody to twist our words for a more sensational story,” he said. “Everything our followers read comes directly from us. Ruth and I get to show the public the real us.”
And we love them for it!