After 27 years of marriage to his wife, This Morning star Phillip Schofield has revealed that he is gay.
Shared on Instagram on Friday morning, the statement read:
"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 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. My family have held me so close; they have tried to cheer me up, to smother me with kindness and love, despite their own confusion. Yet still I can’t sleep and there have been some very dark moments.
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"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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"Steph has been incredible – I love her so very much. She is the kindest soul I have ever met. My girls have been astonishing in their love, hugs and encouraging words of comfort. Both mine and Steph’s entire families have stunned me with their love, instant acceptance and support. Of course they are worried about Steph, but I know they will scoop us both up. My friends are the best, especially Holly, who has been so kind and wise – and who has hugged me as I sobbed on her shoulder. 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 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.
Phillip shared his statement on his Instagram just moments before he appeared on This Morning to discuss it with his co-host Holly Willoughby.
Speaking on the sofa, he broke down in tears as he opened up on the "pain" he thought he was causing his family, but said he was overwhelmed by the support they had shown him.
“I feel a little lighter but I am also very very aware there is no question that it causes pain and it causes upset," he said.
“It is tough but this is not something that has happened quickly, I’ve had to deal with this in my head for quite some time so we’ve gone through this together, we’ve been honest and open and Steph, as I said, I can’t write in any statement what I feel about that woman.
“She is amazing, she is incredible. There is no one in my life who would have supported me the way, as a wife, the way she supported. She’s astonishing, literally astonishing.”
Phillip thanked turning to his co-star and on-screen wife, Holly Willoughby, he thanked her for her constant support and friendship.
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“Whatever happens in the future I’ll be sat by your side,” she said. “I’ll be by your side forever. Forever and ever. We need you as part of this family.”
Speaking about his announcement, which he claimed has been something that has been "consuming for the last few years", he revealed.
“I got to the stage where I thought, we sit here every day, I’m over there and this amazingly, brave, incredible person is sitting here and I’m listening to their story thinking ‘oh my god, you’re so brave’, and I’m thinking ‘I have to be that person, I have to be that person’, because all you can be in your life is honest with yourself,” he said.
“I was getting to a point where I knew I wasn’t honest with myself, getting to the point I wasn’t liking myself very much because I wasn’t honest with myself. When is the right time to do it? And as a family it’s the right time.”
“Every person I tell, it gets a little lighter but at the same time, I have made this decision which is essential for me and it’s essential for my head and thats the reason I’ve done this.”
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