- TV presenter Phillip Schofield has revealed he is gay.
British daytime TV presenter Phillip Schofield has come out as gay in an Instagram post.
In the post he said: ‘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 coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.’
Phillip Schofield’s coming out message
Schofield, 57, came to fame as a children’s TV presenter in the Children’s BBC ‘broom cupboard’ from 1985 to 1987. He then moved on to Saturday morning kids’ show Going Live!
But he is now best known for This Morning, ITV’s daytime show, which he has co-hosted since 2002. He is also the host of Dancing on Ice.
In his coming out message he added:
‘This is something that has caused many heart-breaking conversations at home.
‘I’ve 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 I still can’t sleep and there have been some very dark moments.
‘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 my family.’
Support from friends and family
Schofield goes on to praise his friends and family for their support.
He writes: ‘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 [Willoughby, This Morning co-host], 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.
‘Please be kind, especially to my family.