Phillip Schofield made the announcement on Friday morning ahead of This Morning’s live show in a lengthy statement posted on his Instagram story. He was accompanied by friend and co-host Holly Willoughby on the ITV This Morning’s sofa to talk about the brave moment. In a TV moment that touched the nation, Ms Willoughby hugged her friend and said: “Whatever happens in the future, I’ll be sat by your side. I will be by your side forever and ever and ever.”
In view of his 2.7 million followers, he wrote: “You never know what’s going on in someone’s seemingly perfect life, what issues they are struggling with, or the state of their wellbeing – and so you won’t know what has been consuming me for the last few years.
“With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.”
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Phillip for comment.
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The This Morning presenter, who has been married for nearly 27 years, added: “This is something that has caused many heart-breaking conversations at home.
“I have been married to Steph for nearly 27 years, and we have two beautiful grow-up daughters, Molly and Ruby.”
Phillip went on to thank his family for their “kindness” in spite of their “confusion” over the news.
He continued: “My family have held me so close: they have tried to cheer me up, to smother me with kinder and love, despite their own confusion.
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“Yet I still can’t sleep and there have been some very dark moments.”
Phillip explained: “My inner conflict contrasts with an outside world that has changed so very much for the better.
“Today, quite rightly, being gay is a reason to celebrate and be proud. Yes, I am feeling pain and confusion, but that comes only from the hurt that I am causing to my family.”