Phillip Schofield has recently rejected reports that he has moved out of the multimillion pound Oxfordshire home that he shares with wife Stephanie Lowe and into a London flat. He claimed that he was in lockdown with his wife of 27 years and their daughters Molly and Ruby, during the coronavirus pandemic. Speculation continues to surround the ‘This Morning’ star’s love life after he revealed that he is gay in February. Many wonder who may line-up as a potential love interest for the popular presenter and what personality traits he may be looking for. But if history is to repeat itself there may be a long passage of time before his future partner is unveiled to the public. And unearthed accounts reveal the star has kept a number of relationships in the past top secret and the measures he took to keep his private life out of the public eye.
During Phillip Schofield’s near-four decade career in showbiz and the TV world, he had been linked to a number of women.
After securing his initial break in New Zealand on the show ‘Shazam!’, he courted Marika Tautz who later “broke his heart” after rejecting his marriage proposal.
He also went out with Fenella Bathfield, who was nicknamed his ‘love drug’ relationship due to him falling so “madly, hopeless in love”.
Back in the UK, his love life continued with a magazine poll voting him ‘Britain’s Most Eligible Bachelor’ and later some considering him a ‘ladies’ man’.
Later he was also linked with Caron Keating, according to Robin McGibbon’s 1992 biography ‘Phillip Schofield: The Whole Amazing Story’.
She was the daughter of then-disc jockey Gloria Hunniford and despite the pair keeping quiet about their “affair”, rumours were “buzzing around the BBC”.
Hints about This Morning star Phillip Schofield’s future love life may be gleaned from past accounts
During his younger life, Phillip Schofield was voted ‘Britain’s Most Eligible Bachelor’
Biographer Mr McGibbon wrote: “Just how deep the love affair was, only Phillip and Caron can say. Certainly they were not rushing into print on the subject.”
He explained that it was a pattern of the TV star at the time and whoever he was seeing he “went out of his way to keep it secret” for a heartbreaking reason.
The writer added: “He had made a deal with himself that no matter how famous he became he would try to keep his private life just that – private.
“It would be difficult, because he was, to a large extent public property; but he had seen other stars’ lives wrecked by being too open and revealing, and he was not going to let it happen to him.”
Shortly after that time, Phillip appeared to be emerging as a heartthrob for “mothers and daughters” across the nation.
Holly Willoughby read out Phillip Schofield’s announcement of being gay on This Morning
He had moved away from his younger CBBC audience and onto Saturday morning show ‘Going Live!’, as well as the travel show ‘Schofield’s Europe’, where his cheekiness became apparent.
During one episode he flashed his “bare bottom” during a sauna scene and later claimed that he was being bombarded with saucy fanmail – in the more than 2,000 letters he would receive a week.
Mr McGibbon wrote: “When it came to sexy suggestions, Phillip had to admit the mums had the more creative imaginations.”
In contrast to his previous vow of relationship secrecy, he gave a newspaper a tell-all interview about his romantic rendezvous with former flame Fenella Bathfield.
Phillip detailed the “most bizarre” affair with his New Zealand based ex-girlfriend, which he described as like a “smouldering flame”.
Phillip Schofield has been married to Stephanie Lowe for 27 years, they have two kids Molly and Ruby
Mr McGibbon reported that the star had told a newspaper that it was “fun that feels naughty” and they crammed everything into three weeks.
In other interviews by the Spring of 1991, Phillip claimed he had no time for love and was focused solely on his career.
Phillip explained his concern that he had forgotten how to fall for someone and stated: “When the time comes for someone to open the door to my heart, the lock hasn’t rusted.”
But at this time in his life, it was claimed that the then-24-year-old had already met future wife and mother of his two children Stephanie Lowe.
They were introduced at a party by TV presenter Andy Crane where they allegedly “hit it off immediately” and began “seeing more and more of one another”.
Phillip Schofield rose to fame in New Zealand on ‘Shazam!’ and then in the UK fronted CBBC (above)
Mr McGibbon wrote: “Whether Stephanie Lowe was trying to open the door to his heart, he was not publicly admitting.
“But it does seem certain, in view of what was to emerge later, that she was.”
Despite Phillip claiming he didn’t have time for love, the contrary would be proven when she moved into his Chiswick home within a “matter of months”.
Two years later, the pair would get married in 1993 and had daughters Molly, now 27, and Ruby, now 24.
While rumours about Phillip’s future love life are yet to emerge and seem even less likely during lockdown, these tales of the past suggest details could take a while to emerge and will be closely kept secret.