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‘I’ll be by your side forever’ Holly Willoughby hugs Phillip Schofield as he says he's gay

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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Phillip Schofield gay: Holly Willoughby hugs ITV This Morning co-host (Image: ITV)

Phillip Schofield announces he is gay with Holly Willoughby on This Morning (Image: ITV)

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.”

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