Holly Willoughby and beau facing their ‘toughest test’ after she quit ITV show

Holly Willoughby quits ITV’s This Morning after 14 years

Holly Willoughby and her husband Dan Baldwin face their “toughest test”, according to sources.

The 42-year-old quit This Morning to focus on her family over the coming months but explained to her legion of fans it had been a “difficult” decision.

Speaking about her ITV show exit, sources suggested Holly’s husband has been her “saviour” after an emotional year, including the departure of her co-star Phillip Schofield in May after the presenter admitted he lied about an affair with a younger colleague.

A source told OK! Magazine: “Neither of them could have predicted the events of the last few months. Phillip’s scandal and Holly’s subsequent decline in popularity shook them both as individuals.

“Holly’s confidence was knocked and Dan struggled to see her feeling down. Now that Holly has stepped back from a career she adores, they’ll face their toughest test yet as a couple.”

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They added: “Dan has lifted her up when she’s felt her lowest, and he’s been a shoulder to cry on during the most difficult days.

“They’ve come back fighting every time obstacles have been thrown their way. I have no doubt they’ll do it again.”

Holly and Dan tied the knot in 2007 and the couple share three children together.

Taking to her Instagram account on October 10, the former This Morning presenter made the shocking announcement she was leaving the programme.

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Holly wrote: “I have let ITV know today that after 14 years, I will not be returning to This Morning. To everyone who has ever worked on the show over the years, thank you so so much.

“This is such a difficult goodbye, you are incredible and I forever will be proud of what we’ve done together.

“Thank you to everyone at ITV for being supportive. To every guest who has sat on our sofa, thank you. Most of all, thank you to the wonderful viewers. You’ve been so loyal, so supportive and the very best company every day.

“Richard and Judy said we only look after this show, it will always belong to the viewers’. It’s been an honour to just be part of it’s story and I know this story has many chapters left to go. Sadly, however, I now feel I have to make this decision for me and my family.”

She signed off: “I will miss you all so much.”

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