This Morning’s Eamonn Holmes looks unrecognisable after horrifying shingles battle

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This Morning’sEamonn Holmes has shared a series of shocking pictures of himself after suffering through a painful bout of shingles, and the presenter is barely recognisable.

The star snapped himself covered in raw red blisters and parts of his face were still swollen from the condition.

The 61 year old TV star then said he felt like something out of a "Hammer horror film" and even jumped back when he spotted himself in the mirror.

The Irish host was also forced to pull out of his role on This Morning during the height of the shingles, which is an adult form of the chicken pox virus.

Eamonn first contracted the condition three years ago, before it unfortunately returned once more.

Speaking to the i website, the presenter shared: "It was like some hideous movie, where you feel your face and you go, ‘What’s that?’

"I remember going to the bathroom mirror and jumping back in horror. I had no idea what the symptoms were or why you would even be vulnerable to it.

"I had no idea whether I had ever had chickenpox at all, so I had to go and ask my mother.”


Eamonn shared more pictures of his condition during an appearance on Loose Women Thursday, as he joked to the panel that he looked like "Quasimodo".

"This is me with shingles looking like Quasimodo there and as you can see from that, it's quite brutal," he said. "You'll say, 'How on earth did you get that?' Well, if you've had chickenpox and you've had the virus, it's there in your system and there's a very high chance – 60 per cent chance or so – that you too will have shingles.

"That was at a time when my eldest son – my only son to get married. That was the first marriage in the family and that was what I looked like on the wedding day and I had to have that covered up."

"So you can imagine, I ruined all the pictures, I didn't want to be in them," the star continued. "I didn't want to be the centre of attention with all this.

"But the timing was awful. The dangerous thing about mine was that if it's on your face, it can affect, maybe impair your eyesight."

Later posting a follow-up on his Instagram page, Eamonn thanked ITV and the show for allowing him the opportunity to share his experience about shingles and "get the message across".

"As you can see I had it 3 years ago – and u don't want to. Check out UnderstandingShingles.co.uk," the host added.

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