Eamonn Holmes has given his fans a rare treat by sharing a snap of him with his younger brother in a sweet family tribute.
The 61-year-old This Morning presenter wished his brother Brian a happy birthday over the weekend, as he posted a pic of him with his sibling, who is 13 months his junior.
It was Brian’s 60th birthday and Eamonn thought it was a good chance to show off one of his three brothers, who are rarely seen on the veteran presenter’s social media.
Eamonn captioned the pic: “Happy Birthday to my Baby bro Brian… I’m older by 13 months but obviously, I had a harder paper round than him [smiley face emoji].
“Can’t celebrate… but we will eventually mate. Laughter always guaranteed. Many Happy Returns. #family #familyfirst #familyiseverything #brother #brothers #brotherlylove.”
The photo sparked a huge response among Eamonn’s followers, with one commenting: “I see double trouble in this picture,” adding a laughing emoji.
One of the more telling respondents was Alison Hammond, who along with Dermot O’Leary, has taken over the Friday slot on This Morning which Eamonn and wife Ruth Langsford used to host.
Alison’s kind comment, which was written alongside a cake emoji: “Happy birthday xx.”
The cake emoji may have triggered memories of his diet when he spent much of his life working early in the day.
Eamonn said he would eat six or seven meals before his lunch break as presenters “eat more” doing breakfast telly.
He started his career on GMTV in 1993 before moving to host Sky News in 2005.
Then he began hosting This Morning with his wife Ruth Langsford, 60, but the couple will only host during the school holidays.
Eamonn told the Daily Star : “I did 26 years on breakfast TV. It’s very ageing.
“I didn’t realise how much it changed my life, your habit and how you are. I was three stone heavier when I was on GMTV than I am now.
“The pictures of me in my 30s and 40s, I just can’t look at.”
Eamonn added: “You eat more. You get up early and have a bowl of cornflakes at 4am, you get to work and you have a bacon roll then you might eat something on air like a doughnut then you finish at 9am and someone says ‘you fancy some breakfast?’
“Then you have elevenses and you’ve had six or seven meals before lunch.
“You are running on adrenaline but your cortisol is all off.”
Eamonn went on to lose three stone after he left Sky News and he now weighs 15 stone.
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