TV presenter Eamonn Holmes has branded actress Elizabeth Hurley's relationship with her 16-year old son Damian extremely "weird." Eamonn made the statement during a discussion about "embarrassing parents" on Loose Women. Eamonn was supporting his wife Ruth Langsford, who was on the panel along with Nadia Sawalha, Jane Moore and Denise Welch, on the show.
Addressing Hurley and Damian’s recent YOU Magazine interview, Ruth revealed the model had said her son was like “her soulmate”, and posed beside him for a number of photos.
Ruth quipped: "Can you imagine me trying to take that sort of photo with [my son] Jack! He'd be like "Urgh, mum get off!"
Thank you Eamonn & ladies for a great show xx pic.twitter.com/KqfDfdkV1h— Judith laws (@Judithlaws3) October 1, 2018
Eamonn, who was sitting in the audience at the time, chimed in with his own take on the mother-son relationship: "It's weird. I'm sorry, it's seriously weird." His comments sparked further debate among the panel where Denise Welch claimed she was actually a "bit jealous" of their close bond, and admitted that all her boys have blocked her on social media.
A lot of people wouldn't know this, but Damian is the one behind the camera taking a lot of photos of his famous mom for her various social media accounts, including loads of her in bikinis and swimsuits on never-ending holidays.
In the You Magazine feature, Hurley seemed happy to reveal that she and Damian share wardrobes. "I tend to wear Damian’s cast-offs," she told the magazine. "His 14-15-year-old trackie bottoms fit me perfectly."
She also added that she feels lucky to have a child whose personality "gels" with hers. "Friends who have several children always admit, although they love them all equally, inevitably there’s one whose personality mirrors their own and they 'get' each other better. It’s definitely nature not nurture."
"I do worry sometimes that I’m overbearing. The one thing I didn’t realise about being a parent is how you have to adapt your behaviour as they grow. You might treat your son one way for 13 years then, almost overnight, it sounds patronising and bossy," Hurley said.
Earlier this year, Hurley resorted to defending her decision to use her son as a photographer. She said, "When we're on holiday together, sure he'll take some pictures. He's got a really good eye and he's studying photography."
She further added that it was completely "ridiculous" to call the act inappropriate and revealed that she also used professional photographers and other family members to take the hundreds of pictures she posts online. Previously, it was also reported that Damian had reportedly asked his mother to stop sharing revealing pictures of herself, especially the ones where he featured as well.
But it looks like the teenager, whose father is the American businessman and film producer Steve Bing, has had enough of it and refuses to be bullied and made fun of by his friends anymore. "Damian's starting to get a lot of ribbing from friends," a source reportedly told the publication.
"He's at the age where everything his mum does is embarrassing, and he just can't understand why she can't cover up a bit more. But Liz is extremely proud of her youthful looks and she told him there's nothing wrong with a woman her age being sexy."