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Holly Willoughby breaks down on This Morning for a second day in a row  


Holly Willoughby broke down on This Morning for a second day in a row on Tuesday after discussing the escalating crisis in Ukraine live on the show.

The presenter, 41, struggled to control her emotions as she spoke with co-host Phillip Schofield and commentators Julia Hartley-Brewer and Nicola Thorp, causing Phil to cut to an ad-break as she regained her composure.

It comes just a day after she cried on Monday’s show as she watched footage of a little girl singing inside a bomb shelter in Kyiv. 

Upset: Holly Willoughby broke down on This Morning for a second day in a row on Tuesday after discussing the escalating crisis in Ukraine live on the show

Upset: Holly Willoughby broke down on This Morning for a second day in a row on Tuesday after discussing the escalating crisis in Ukraine live on the show

On Tuesday’s show Julia had just finished her commentating on the fleeing citizens, saying that seeing images of children getting on trains and buses to leave their homes, ‘broke her heart’.

The camera then cut back to the studio, where Phil softly said: ‘Let’s just leave it there for the moment shall we, we will be back right after this.’

Holly, sat beside him, had tears running down her face and was unable to look at the camera while she composed herself.  

Tears: The presenter, 41, struggled to control her emotions as she spoke with co-host Phillip Schofield causing him to cut to an ad-break as she regained her composure

Tears: The presenter, 41, struggled to control her emotions as she spoke with co-host Phillip Schofield causing him to cut to an ad-break as she regained her composure

After the show returned from the break Holly said that she couldn’t help feeling sad over the crisis in Ukraine, telling viewers: ‘It’s very hard not to feel anxious when you look at what is going on in the world, when you read the papers or switch on the TV.’ 

Viewers of the show took to social media to offer their support to Holly after she visibly broke down. 

One viewer penned: ‘I absolutely can understand Holly crying. Remember we could be in a difficult situation one day, who knows which way this war will go Putin has nothing to loose now.’

Teary: After the show returned from the break Holly on Tuesday, Holly said: 'It's very hard not to feel anxious when you look at what is going on in the world'

Teary: After the show returned from the break Holly on Tuesday, Holly said: ‘It’s very hard not to feel anxious when you look at what is going on in the world’

Another said: ‘Can someone PLEASE give Holly a hug’ in reaction to the emotional scenes.  

It comes after Holly was moved to tears as she watched footage of a little girl singing inside a bomb shelter in Kyiv on Monday. 

The world has been touched by the heartbreaking scenes coming out of Ukraine in recent weeks, with Holly unable to hold back as she was played the video on the show. 

Emotions: Nicola was also visibly emotional after the segment had finished, shedding a tear as the show cut to an ad break

Emotions: Nicola was also visibly emotional after the segment had finished, shedding a tear as the show cut to an ad break 

Difficult: The camera then cut back to the studio, where Phil softly said: 'Let's just leave it there for the moment shall we, we will be back right after this'

Difficult: The camera then cut back to the studio, where Phil softly said: ‘Let’s just leave it there for the moment shall we, we will be back right after this’

In the viral clip, a little girl named Amelia is seen trying to rouse everyone’s spirits with a performance of Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen. 

As Holly was left in tears she said: ‘Such innocence, isn’t it,’ while Gyles Brandreth added: ‘We’re seeing the worst and the best of humanity in this crisis aren’t we?’

Camilla Tominey then noted: ‘I hadn’t seen that before actually. She’s the age of my youngest daughter. It’s awful.’

An emotional Holly went on, ‘It’s horrible, it’s horrible,’ before Phillip threw to a break.  

Devastating: Julia had just finished her commentating on the fleeing citizens, saying that seeing images of children getting on trains and buses to leave their homes, 'broke her heart'

Devastating: Julia had just finished her commentating on the fleeing citizens, saying that seeing images of children getting on trains and buses to leave their homes, ‘broke her heart’

Holly later told ITV News host Mary Nightingale, ‘We all just fell to pieces there’, as the pair discussed reporting on the war.  

The video of Amelia singing Frozen was first posted to Facebook on Thursday by Marta Smekhova, who says she filmed it with permission from the girl’s mother.

‘From the first word in the [bomb shelter] came complete silence… everyone put their business aside and listen[ed] to a song by this girl who was just beaming light… even men couldn’t hold back the tears,’ Marta wrote.

It is unclear when the video was taken or where in Kyiv the shelter is located. 

Heartbreaking: It comes after Holly was moved to tears as she watched footage of a little girl singing inside a bomb shelter in Kyiv on Monday

Heartbreaking: It comes after Holly was moved to tears as she watched footage of a little girl singing inside a bomb shelter in Kyiv on Monday

The footage has been shared 99,000 times on Facebook. It has been reposted on various social media sites, with each version racking up tens of thousands of views. 

In the video, Amelia belts out a version of Let It Go for those sheltering in the bunker. 

The song was originally recorded for the soundtrack of the animated Disney film Frozen. 

Sung by actress Idina Menzel and written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100.

Touching: In the viral clip, a little girl named Amelia is seen trying to rouse everyone's spirits with a performance of Let It Go from Disney's Frozen

Touching: In the viral clip, a little girl named Amelia is seen trying to rouse everyone’s spirits with a performance of Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen

In 2014, Disney released a compilation of 42 foreign-language versions of the song, including translations in Ukrainian and Russian. 

When Amelia finished, the crowd erupted in cheers and applause.

‘Bravo! Bravo!’ one voice exclaimed, as a shy and rosy-cheeked Amelia clutched her hands in front of her face.

Marta said she filmed the girl, whose age is not known, while visiting a bomb shelter in Kyiv.

‘Seeing in one of the Kyiv bomb storage, how children draw bright pictures in half-darkness, I, of course, couldn’t silently pass by… stopped, praised, offered to do a little exhibition to somehow decorate this not so happy place,’ she wrote, according to a translation of her Facebook post, which was written in Ukrainian.  

Innocent: As Holly was left in tears she said: 'Such innocence, isn't it,' while Phillip was seen choking up alongside her

Innocent: As Holly was left in tears she said: ‘Such innocence, isn’t it,’ while Phillip was seen choking up alongside her 

‘The girl turned out to be so friendly, so talkative…  She told me that besides drawing, she loves to sing… and whispered shared her dream that she wants to sing on a big stage in front of the audience…

‘So what’s the matter ? – I’m saying, – now we’re organizing… do you see honey how many people are here? that’s what you sing for!!!’

Marta went on to note that Amelia was worried because it was her first performance. She also said it was loud and that people may not hear her.

‘Needless to say worried for nothing.. From the first word in the [bomb shelter] came complete silence… everyone put their business aside and listen to a song by this girl who was just beaming light… Even men couldn’t hold back the tears ..’

Heartbreaking: Marta Smekhova detailed her encounter with Amelia in a Facebook post on Thursday. She noted the video's impact, adding, 'Look Russians, against whom you are fighting!'

Heartbreaking: Marta Smekhova detailed her encounter with Amelia in a Facebook post on Thursday. She noted the video’s impact, adding, ‘Look Russians, against whom you are fighting!’

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