Ruth and Eamonn – Twitter gems

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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!

 

13 comments

  1. Hazel Katherine Larkin

    What a lovely article about such a lovely couple!
    I completely agree with what Eamonn has to say about there being no ‘middle man’ on Twitter. And Ruth’s comment about there always being someone on Twitter who can solve your problem – or knows a man who could – certainly rang true for me!
    Lovely piece, Maria, well done.
    Hx

  2. Lovely, well written interview Maria. Eamonn and Ruth came across as a captivating, fun couple who are, apart from being celebrities, also a warm, interesting and engaging couple. I wish them a long, love filled and happy marriage.
    And next time I have to be interviewed I’d like you to do it Maria.

  3. Great post, Maria. I love to hear all the celebrity goss. You are a natural at this interviewing lark. Can’t wait to see who you have on here next!
    Well done.

  4. Great article Maria – well done. It is interesting and encouraging to read about celebrities using Twitter to keep in touch with their fan base and to receive feedback. One of the things I like about Twitter is that, no matter who you are, you have only 140 characters to express yourself. In that sense Twitter is a great ‘leveller’. Kudos to the likes of @EamonnHolmes and @Ruthieel who use their Twitter ‘soundbites’ to give us a glimpse of themselves beyond the veneer of fame and celebrity.
    Thanks Maria.

  5. Another great blog, Maria. You have a great approachable way with you – no wonder the slebs are happy to talk to you.
    Well done!

  6. The stars are flocking to you now, Maria. Cos they know one when they see one.
    Ruby

  7. Great interview Maria. I love that it gives an insight into the lives of @EamonnHolmes and @Ruthieel as well info about their use of Twitter.

  8. After such an unprecedented week of bad news here in Ireland, it’s a real treat to read a warm, happy story about a couple in the limelight who are so much in love. Thanks Maria :)

  9. Great read, Maria. Always thought Eamonn was a charming cuddly chap. When will you be doing a blog on the other couple; Richard & Judy?

  10. A really lovely insight Maria. A shame they’re not really doing ‘I’m a Celebrity’ – a jungle breakfast show would be an interesting twist and a nice change from people eating witchety grubs. Yuk!

  11. I agree to about celebrities being able to get their own message out on Twitter without the media making stuff up. It also puts everyone on a more even level so there is better communication. They come across as real people with normal lives. A lovely interview indeed. Well done.

  12. Lovely to see that even celebs with 10s of 1000s of followers actually enjoy the direct feedback. Not only that but enjoy getting an interesting discussion going.
    That’s completely different than how I imagine it (the image of Beetles running from screaming fans is stuck in my head).
    Informative, and so nice to see how down to earth your interviews are.

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