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Phillip Schofield reveals his sexuality in an emotional Instagram post

by Erin Lindsay
07th Feb 2020

Presenter Phillip Schofield has been married to his wife Stephanie Lowe for 27 years

Beloved This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield has revealed that he is gay in an emotionally-written Instagram story, posted on his profile this morning.

The presenter said that he has been ‘consumed’ for the last few years, and now, with the support of his wife and daughters, he has come to terms with his sexuality.

Schofield said that the issue had caused “many heart-breaking conversations at home” but that his family have been “incredible” and have stunned him with their “love, instant acceptance and support”. He gave special mention to his wife of 27 years Stephanie, who he said is “the kindest soul he has ever met”.

In the post, Schofield detailed his “inner conflict” about the reveal, and how it “contrasts with the outside world”. He said: “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”.

Schofield also thanked his ITV co-workers for their continued support, especially his This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby. The two hosts are good friends, and Schofield thanked Willoughby “who has hugged [me] as I sobbed on her shoulder”.

Schofield and Willoughby were due to present This Morning on ITV today, but were replaced by Eamon Holmes and Ruth Langsford, who encouraged viewers who may be dealing with something similar to call in to the show.

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