Phillip Schofield candidly admits talking ‘saved him’ as he shares harrowing mental health story
Phillip Schofield has emotionally revealed that talking to others “saved him” in a candid post on Twitter, months after coming out as gay.
The 58 year old made the admission as he shared a link to a Just Giving page, which told the story about a young man who had tragically taken his own life.
Phillip shared the link to a the page, which was raising money for mental health charity Mind in memory of Morgan McGlynn, and said it was a “heartbreaking story” on Twitter.
This Morning star Phillip, who recently hit out at speculation he had a boyfriend, then urged his 4.5million followers to speak to one another as he said: “There is strength in talking. Please don’t try to fight your head on your own. Talking saved me #bekind #talk”.
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Phillip’s candid post was met with more than 700 likes and replies from fans who agreed with him.
One wrote: “I agree talking to someone has defiently helpt me and I know it’s helpt so many others. A quote i love is be the rainbow in someone else’s storm,” [sic] followed by a rainbow emoji and a heart emoji.
Another added: “So sad for his family. No-one should feel ashamed to talk, although it's hard to express your feelings. Love you @Schofe. Your such a kind person and a good soul.” [sic]
While a third said: “Great you're still around Phillip, I'm so glad it saved you, I've made the first step,” followed by a praying emoji.
The TV star’s candid admission comes months after he came out as gay in an Instagram post, moments before discussing it on This Morning.
He wrote: “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.
“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.
“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.
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“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.”
He ended his post with: “Please be kind, especially to my family. Phillip.”
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