Bradley Walsh breaks down in tears live on This Morning as he discusses Huntington’s disease

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Bradley Walsh broke down in tears on live on This Morning on Thursday as they discussed families being torn apart by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 60 year old joined Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on the show from his home in Essex as they spoke about people in care homes not being able to see their relatives due to social distancing guidelines.

Following a video which showed the story of Ruth, who has been put on anti-depressants as she is not allowed to see her son Sam in care, Bradley opened up on how he would feel if he was in the same position.

He said: "I never realised, this is an age thing for me, that you could get messages via Instagram, I really didn't, I didn't know that existed.

"My [wife] Donna saw this and said, 'Brad, have you seen this message that you've got?' and straight away I thought, wow, if it was my mum, or my son Barney for instance, I'd be absolutely devastated. I had to get in touch and had to do something.

"I've never met Ruth by the way, and Sam, and that's heartbreaking. Since then I've got on board and thought, what can be done?

"In Ruth's case specifically, seven months having daily contact with Sam and now having none, he's in the later stages of Huntington's disease and it's so sad."

The Chase host's voice began to crack as he continued: "It's hard enough to see your… it's hard, sorry."

Through tears, he carried on: "It's hard enough to see your parents go but if you child is going to go before you, something needs to be done.

"I apologise, sorry about that. It's so upsetting. I had no idea this was going on, I promise you."

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV

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