When asked about Phillip coming out, Fern told the publication she instantly thought about his wife Stephanie Lowe.
The couple, who wed back in 1993, have two daughters: Molly, 27, and 24-year-old Ruby.
The ITV star commented: “My immediate thoughts were for his lovely family. I send them all my love. It must be tough.
“I haven’t seen any of them for a long time so I don’t want to pass comment on how they must feel.”