Ruth Langsford told her Loose Women colleagues Monday that she is discussing sexual consent with her son Jack.
Ruth shares Jack, 19, with TV host husband Eamonn Holmes, and told fellow panelists Penny Lancaster, Judi Love and Jane Moore, “I talk to Jack about consent. They say you should talk to your kids, but that’s pretty hard…’
She continued: “There was a rape case and he asked me what rape is and at that point – I must be so measured what I’m saying here. And it did lead to a conversation about consent.
Honest Conversations: Ruth Langsford told her Loose Women colleagues on Monday that she is speaking to her son Jack, 19, about sexual consent
“If someone says no, you stop. It doesn’t matter what you think of their decision.’
Penny replied, “I think it’s about teaching every child to be considerate of other people’s feelings and show respect and ask, ‘Would I like to be treated like that?'”
Penny also got emotional and burst into tears as she shared her experience going through menopause.
The 50-year-old model shared how she received a course of antidepressants and often felt guilty for being “upset.”
Ruth shares Jack, 19, with TV presenter husband Eamonn Holmes, saying: ‘I’m talking to Jack (pictured) about consent. They say you should talk to your kids, but that’s pretty hard…’
She said: ‘When I joined Loose Women, I sat back and listened to you more mature ladies at the time – but now I’ve caught up with you – thinking, ‘Is it really that bad?’ And never quite understand it.
“I think that’s half the problem. It’s not until it hits you literally from every angle that you think, ‘This is what you’re all talking about.’
She added: “Because we’re so good at hiding and putting on a mask and a band-aid on the problems, just get on with life, make sure everyone’s okay – the house is running, the kids are at school and the spouses – all these different roles that we play and work in between and we forget about ourselves.
“I went to the doctor for a mammogram check, and it was all good. I spoke to an incredible doctor – I had a few tears with her, as I tried to explain what I’ve been going through for the past few months and she said, ‘You have to get to the point where you say to yourself, I see you.’
Penny was supported by her co-hosts when she got emotional.
Candid: Penny Lancaster burst into tears on Monday’s episode as she shared her experience going through menopause
Honest: The 50-year-old model shared how she got a course of antidepressants and often felt guilty for being “upset” (pictured with Jane Moore)
She said, “You feel guilty for being upset. You go out for coffee with a friend and they say, “How are you?” And then you burst into tears and you don’t know why you’re crying.’
Penny added that she feels more anxious as a result of going through menopause.
She said, “My fear has gone through the roof. Where I’ve always been very patient, I feel like I’m losing traction. When I spoke to my primary care physician, the first thing they said was, “Well, let’s get you an antidepressant.”
“And I was like, ‘I need something to balance and take the edge off the upset, frustration and anger.” It did help a bit, but it was another band-aid and didn’t solve the real problem.’
Penny said, “You feel guilty for being upset. You go out for coffee with a friend and they say, “How are you?” And then you burst into tears and you don’t know why you’re crying.’
Discussion: Penny added that she feels more anxious due to menopause
She added: ‘Luckily Loose Women gave me advice to see a specialist and for the past six weeks I’ve been on treatment, I’ve come off the antidepressants and I feel balanced.
‘I’ve stopped sweating, I’m still scared… I’ll get there. Being able to talk to my husband is the absolute number one priority.’
Speaking of her husband Rod Stewart’s support, Penny said, “He saw me turn into another woman. “Why are you behaving like this?” Why are you arguing about something you would normally just brush off?”
“I’d get upset and he’d say, ‘What’s going on?’ It’s good to talk and make them understand.’
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Relationship: Speaking about her husband Rod Stewart’s support, Penny said: ‘He saw me turn into a different woman’