PHILLIP SCHOFIELD broke down in tears on today’s edition of This Morning as he opened up on his announcement he is gay. The presenter started crying as he spoke about the struggle the support his wife had given him.
Phillip Schofield, 57, was interviewed by Holly Willoughby, 38, on today’s edition of This Morning in the aftermath of him posting on social media he was gay. As the discussion touched on his personal story, the presenter shed tears as he explained how he approached telling his loved ones the news. As well his co-host on the ITV show standing by him, he also explained the incredible strength his wife Steph Lowe had showed to him.
Sitting with her co-host on the sofa, Holly said: “You’ve been very open and honest with Steph about this.”
“I have no secrets, we’ve never had any secrets,” Phillip replied, before his co-host asked: “How is she coping?”
The presenter commented: “Yeah, it’s tough. I mean it is tough. But, this isn’t something that’s happened quickly.
“I’ve had to deal with this in my head for quite some time and so we’ve gone through this together,” he continued, referring to his wife being by his side.
The presenter praised Steph’s support, telling his colleague: “We’ve been honest and we’ve been open and Steph, as I’ve said, I can’t write in any statement what I feel about that woman.”
“She is amazing,” Holly said as Phillip became emotional over his wife.
“She is amazing,” he added, before going on to say: “She is incredible. I never, in my life, there is no one in my life who would have supported me the way, as a wife, she has supported me.
“She’s astonishing, literally astonishing,” he said in awe of his beloved.
Later in the interview, Phillip became emotional once again as he spoke about his daughter’s reaction to his announcement.
Holly asked: “You have two grown up daughters, Molly and Ruby, who are a credit to you and Steph. Telling them couldn’t have been easy.”
Agreeing with the latter, the presenter’s voice started to break as he told his colleague: “They are so amazing and their love and support.
“I sat them down and I told them and they jumped up and they gave me a hug, a big hug, a long hug, and then they hugged Steph and they said, ‘It’s ok, it’s ok. This is fine. We’ll be ok. We’ll always be a family.’”
Just before the show today, Phillip took to his official Instagram account to share the news via the story feature on the social media platform.
In view of his 2.7 million followers, the presenter wrote: “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.”
What was pertinent in the statement was the love and support the presenter has received from his family, who he told prior to today’s interview.
Explaining his decision to come out, Phillip continued: “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.
“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 surprising 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.”
They are so amazing