Emotional Holly Willoughby chokes up watching family reunion videos on 'This Morning'

Danny Thompson

This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby could not hide her emotion as she shared photos of families reuniting – admitting how much she misses her own parents.

Social distancing due to the coronavirus lockdown has meant people up and down the country have been unable to spend time with loved ones.

New measures introduced by Boris Johnson mean certain people are able to form support bubbles and see another household, meaning families have been reuniting across the nation.

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Reporting on the meetings, This Morning showed touching photos of parents taking children to see grandparents and families hugging, but the images proved too much for Willoughby.

Holly Willoughby attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

The presenter said: “Claire says, ‘I lost my mum in September last year so these past few months have been hard on us all, but now my dad has become part of our bubble’.”

Claire’s children were then seen hugging their grandfather, which led to an audibly chocked up Willoughby commenting: “Oh my gosh I can feel that hug.”

Co-host Phillip Schofield then read out another message.

He said: “Jane said, ‘We finally got to hug my mum.’”

Which Willoughby responded to by saying: “I’m so jealous. I just feel like, I know it’s so lovely and I’m so happy for them, but I just want to hug my mum so bad and my dad.”

It isn’t the first time the mum-of-three has shared how much she misses her mother.

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She posted a sweet photo of them together before lockdown while wishing her happy birthday last month.

Willoughby captioned the image: “Happy birthday to my beautiful mumma. Miss you so so much, can’t wait to cuddle you again, love you.”

This Morning airs on ITV on weekdays between 10am and 12.30pm and is available to stream on the network’s catch up service.