Phillip Schofield has been fronting some of the most popular hits on British television for more than three decades – most notably on ‘This Morning’. The presenter bravely came out as gay in February and candidly spoke about the admission on the ITV primetime slot. Many have since wondered what will happen between Phillip with his wife of 27 years, Stephanie Lowe. Soon after the announcement, the mother-of-two revealed her plan to stay with Phillip until he finds love again and to support him as he accepts his sexuality. Since then the star moved out of the couple’s £2million home, in Oxfordshire, and into a London flat. The revelation has sparked a renewed interest in his love life and speculation about Phillip’s next romantic interest. As many look for clues as to the types of personality traits he will look for in a future partner, unearthed accounts detail the previous dating life. Anecdotes from Phillip’s past reveal one former flame considered a “love drug” to the star, who he “fell head over heels for”.
The presenter’s infatuation with New Zealand DJ Fenella Bathfield was documented in Robin McGibbon’s 1992 biography ‘Phillip Schofield: The Whole Amazing Story’.
He described that the star had kept a “squeaky clean image” throughout much of his young presenting career – long before his bachelors years, when he was considered to be a “ladies’ man” by some.
The future girlfriend first caught Phillip’s eye as he hosted the New Zealand Music Awards, when he spotted her dancing during one of the presentation intervals.
Soon after the pair started to get to know one another, it was claimed that the-then star of TV show ‘Shazam!’ fell “mady, hopelessly in love” with Fenella.
While Mr McGibbon claims he “did not talk freely” about his romantic interest, it was “an open secret at work”.
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Louise Jones, one of his former-colleagues who knew about Phillip’s infatuation, said: “He just went Boom, and fell in love… He didn’t come down to earth for days after the awards.
“I remember him being totally distracted for more than a lunch hour! He just wanted to be with Fenella all the time.
“Like the song says, ‘Love is the drug’ – you can’t get enough. Fenella was definitely the big one in Phillip’s life.”
Another coworker, DJ John Sweetman remembered the pair being a “really hot item” and described that they were “always kissing and cuddling whenever they were together”.
He added: “I didn’t think Fenella had much of a personality, but Phillip did, and when they were together, he would make her act nicely.
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“In turn, she added a touch of glamour to him. They fitted perfectly.”
Equally, it appeared that the feelings were reciprocated as Fenella lavished Phillip with praise when speaking about him to her mother Adrianne Bathfield.
She recalled her daughter saying: “Oh, mummy, I’ve met Phillip Schofield. He’s really lovely.”
Despite Phillip not being the “typical type” of man she expected Fenella to date, she immediately understood why their chemistry developed.
Adrianne said: “I fell for him immediately. He had a charisma that made him stick out from the rest.
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“But I found Phillip a deep-thinking person who, basically, wants to know how everything works. That’s a wonderful approach to life.”
Despite their blossoming romance, it wasn’t to last because the star longed to be reunited with his family – who had moved back to the UK after his father Brian suffered a near-fatal heart attack.
Adrianne, who became a ‘New Zealand mother’ to Phillip described that he had “mixed feelings” about leaving Fenella.
She added: “I told him he was silly, and that he must go back because there was nothing in New Zealand for his talent.”
Eventually he decided to leave and after the agonisingly hard choice, the three of them had a “tearful goodbye” at the airport before his 12,000-mile flight home.
Exciting career prospects loomed for the star, but had it not been for the wise and selfless words of Adrianne, he may never have become the star he is today.
She reflected: “I wouldn’t have wished my daughter on anyone at that stage.
“Their relationship was one of those lovely romances that can happen when you’re young, but they both had so much happening in their lives at that time.”