Phillip Schofield comes out as gay after 26 year marriage: 'I am feeling pain'

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Phillip Schofield comes out as gay after 26 year marriage: 'I am feeling pain'

Phillip Schofield, 57, came out in a lengthy statement posted on his Instagram story, before going on to This Morning to be interviewed by his co-host Holly Willoughby, who said “I will always be by your side”. In view of his 2.7 million followers, the presenter, who has two daughters with his wife of nearly 27 years, Stephanie Lowe, 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.

“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 grown-up daughters, Molly and Ruby.”

Phillip went on to thank his family for their “kindness” in spite of their “confusion” over the news.

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“At ITV, I couldn’t hope to work with more wonderful, supportive teams.

“Every day on This Morning, I sit in awe of those we meet who have been so brave and open in confronting their truth – so now it’s my turn to share mine.

“This will probably all come as something of a surprise and I understand, but only by facing this, by being honest, can I hope to find peace in my mind and a way forward. Please be kind, especially to my family. Phillip.”

Phillip opened up about his announcement on This Morning today in a heartfelt appearance with Holly, who hugged him and assured him she would “be by his side forever” amid applause from the ITV team.

Holly asked her co-star how he was feeling about speaking out. 

He said: “It’s funny because, everyone that I’ve spoken to have all been so supportive, so loving and caring.

“My entire family, to a person, have grabbed us and said it’s okay, we love you, we’re proud of you. With every person I tell, it gets a little lighter and a little lighter.”

On how his wife is feeling, he replied: “It’s tough. But this is not something that has happened quickly. I’ve had to deal with this in my head for quite some time.

“And so we’ve gone through this together, we’ve been honest and we’ve been open.

“I can’t write in any statement what I feel about that woman. She is amazing. She’s incredible. I have never in my life, there is nobody in my life who would have supported me the way, as a wife, the way she has supported me. She’s astonishing. “

His co-star went on to ask why he decided to speak out today.

He replied: “It’s a good question. The thing is that. You know this has been bothering me for a very long time. I think everybody does these things at their own speed in their own time. There’s no question that it has in recent times, consumed my head and has become an issue in my head.

“And so I got to the stage where I thought, we sit here, every day, and I’m over there and some amazingly brave, incredible person is sitting here and I’m listening to their story and thinking, Oh my God, you’re so brave. And I’m thinking: I have to be that person.

“All you can be is honest with yourself. And I was getting to the point where I knew I wasn’t being honest with myself. I was getting to the point where I didn’t like myself very much because I wasn’t being honest with myself.

“And so, when is the right time? As a family, it is the right time.”

Holly then quizzed Phillip about a potential new partner in the future.

He added: “I’m doing each day at a time, this has always been a slow process. There is no fast process after this.”

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford shared their support to the star in the studio today.

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