Holly Willoughby is reduced to tears on This Morning by a widower"s heartbreaking tale

Caring Holly Willoughby is reduced to tears on This Morning by a widower's heartbreaking tale of a wife lost to cancer

She's usually known for her vivacious and bubbly nature, her beaming smile a near-permanent fixture as she presents This Morning alongside co-host Philip Schofield.

But caring Holly Willoughby broke down in tears today after hearing a heartbreaking tale of a family rocked by cancer.

The 31-year-old dabbed at her eyes as she listened to guest St John Greene's story of losing his wife Kate at the age of 37 to breast cancer.

Touched: This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby broke down in tears alongside Phillip Schofield as she listened to a widower's tale of losing his wife to breast cancer

Touched: This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby broke down in tears alongside Phillip Schofield as she listened to a widower's tale of losing his wife to breast cancer

St John, known to his friends as Singe, has written a book inspired by Kate's loss.

He landed a 100,000 book deal to publish Kate's list of 100 instructions to guide him through parenting young Finn and Reef without her.

The wish list ranges from 'kiss the boys goodnight x 2' to 'take the boys diving in Belize' and to make sure they 'never smoke'or 'ride a motorbike'.

Inspirational: Holly and Phillip were joined by St John Greene and his sons Reef and Finn. Their mother Kate left them a list of things to do after she died

Inspirational: Holly and Phillip were joined by St John Greene and his sons Reef and Finn. Their mother Kate, who died from breast cancer at the age of 37 left them a list of things to do after she died

The mother of two had left a list
of things she wanted her young family to do after she was gone.

As
she spoke to her guest and his two sons Reef and Finn, Willoughby was
unable to control her emotions, and dabbing away her tears, told the
boys: 'I'm a very silly lady.'

Her husband has published the story in a book called Mum's List, and there is interest in bringing it to life as a film.

Gone but never forgotten: St John and his late wife Kate Greene on a trip to Disney Land, Florida

Gone but never forgotten: St John and his late wife Kate Greene on a trip to Disney Land, Florida

He told the ITV1 presenters: 'I was very proud to have her as my other half.'

St
John, who is a qualified paramedic and lifeguard, runs a sailing school
called Training Saints, which specialises in teaching extreme sports to
young people.

Willoughby was still wiping her tears away with a tissue as the interview came to a close, sitting next to the two boys.

Pulled herself together: Holly apologised to the boys saying 'I'm a very silly lady', and her make-up was retouched after the interview

Pulled herself together: Holly apologised to the boys saying 'I'm a very silly lady', and her make-up was retouched after the interview

She later admitted that the programme's make-up team had to fix her face afterwards.

Slightly abashed at her display of emotion, Holly tweeted after the show: 'Sorry about that! What a wonderful family xxx'

The presenter recently opened up about her relationship with husband Dan Baldwin, saying: 'What I love is that underneath it all, the essence of what we had when we first met is still there. We laugh a lot; we always have done.

Have their instructions: St John, who has written a book about their experience called 'Mum's List' was told by Kate never to let the boys smoke or ride a motorbike

Have their instructions: St John, who has written a book about their experience called 'Mum's List' was told by Kate never to let the boys smoke or ride a motorbike

'You have to make time for each other. You have to still go out together and really talk about stuff.

'We’ll go down to our local pub, or to the cinema. Or if we can’t get a babysitter, it’s a case of putting the kids to bed, then we’ll sit down to eat.'

'Dan’s a real social butterfly and loves going out, which is good because I just go, “Come on, let’s sit on the sofa,” all the time – which we do a lot, by the way.'