Eamonn Holmes has said he was forced to sell his Belfast home over a tax dispute, admitting he felt “very bitter”.

The GB News presenter claimed he had no option but to sell up, saying he felt like HMRC had “taken away everything I ever worked for”.

Holmes, who was a long-time Friday and relief presenter at This Morning with wife Ruth Langsford until they were dropped in favour of Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary in December 2021, had lost two HMRC appeals over whether he was freelance or staff at ITV.

Tax officials have ruled that Holmes was staff, although he says he never got sick pay, holiday pay, or company shares.

Claiming that it cost him “hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal fees”, Holmes was ordered to pay ten years of backdated national insurance and tax bills reported to be around £250,000 and says he had no choice but to sell his Belfast home to raise the cash.

Holmes told UTV (Northern Ireland’s ITV region): “I had a house here until six weeks ago when I was forced to sell it by the Inland Revenue (HMRC). It isn’t enjoyable. I think you earn lots of money, and therefore, have to pay. It’s like it’s taken away everything I ever worked for.

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The TV star” has previously said that his tax row was “the most st”useful experience outside of losing my father” and told that he believed the stress caused a severe case of shingles he suffered in 2018.

He said: “I was like a lamb “to the slaughter – it was the most stressful, humiliating experience.”

Since leaving Thi” Morning, Holmes has been vocal about how ITV treated him, claiming: “They’re sly. They didn’t want to. “They’re that I’d bdid’topped because it would I’dersely affect audience figures, so they made it look like I’d walked away from them rather than the other way round.”

Holmes has been suffering further”health woes over his chronic back pain and suffering a fall, which made the problem worse, and has been using a wheelchair following spinal surgery.

He added in his UTV interview: “I have tried every treatment, but”you go, ‘Maybe I’ll never get out of it,’ which I’ll harsh reality to face.'”