This Morning viewers break down in ‘floods of tears’ as host Phillip Schofield reveals he’s gay – The Sun

THIS Morning viewers broke down in floods of tears today as Phillip Schofield revealed he is gay on the show.

The 57-year-old TV presenter – who has been married to wife Stephanie Lowe since 1993 – shared a statement on social media and then appeared live on alongside his co-host Holly Willoughby to speak about how he is feeling.

 

In the emotional and brave interview Phillip said he felt “lighter and lighter” each time he spoke about it as he thanks friends and family for their support.

Those watching at home were overwhelmed by the interview and took to Twitter to comment on it.

One person wrote: “I am in floods of tears watching @Schofe @thismorning what an amazing strong man! So emotional”.

A second added: “Just caught up with @thismorning and am in tears watching the love, friendship & support for @Schofe”.



While a third remarked: “@Schofe so much love and respect for you watching you and Holly had me in tears – you truly never do know what someone is fighting in their head, and it takes a hell of a lot of courage to open up about it”.

During the interview Holly said she has "never been more proud of my friend than I have today", and read out Phil's statement, before he reflected on how he was feeling.

He said: "It's funny, because everyone I've spoken to, you, have all been so supportive, loving and caring, and my entire family, to a person, have grabbed us and said, 'It's OK, it's OK. We love you, we're proud of you.'

"Every person I tell it gets a little lighter and a little lighter.


"I'm really very aware that Steph and the girls are at home watching this, and we're all together.

"We spent a lot of time together and they've been supporting us as we got to this moment.

"I feel a little lighter but I'm very aware there is no question it causes pain and upset.

"We've never had any secrets."

Asked how wife Steph is coping, he said: "It's tough. We've gone through this together. I have to deal with this for quite some time.

"I can't write in any statement what I feel.

"She is amazing, she is incredible. There is no one in my life who would have supported me in the way she has supported me."

Holly said some viewers may be questioning why he has decided to come out now.

Phil replied: "You know, this has been bothering me for a very long time.



"There's no question that it has in recent times, consumed my head. And has become an issue in my head. So I got to the stage where I thought, 'We sit here every day and some amazingly brave person is over here and I'm thinking 'You're so brave, you're so brave.'

"And I'm thinking, 'I have to be that person, I have to be that person. All you can be is honest with yourself.

"I was getting to the point where I didn't like myself. So when is the right time?

"We always say to talk to someone and believe me, I have and it has helped a lot. It's brought me back. Talking to people does bring you back and in some cases talking to people saves you. And you have to discuss it, with my friends, with my family, with my wife.

"You have to talk it through. It's absolutely my decision. It was something I knew I had to do.

"I don't know what the world will be like now, I don't know how this will be taken and what people will think.

"I'm very conscious about the hurt.

"My overriding emotion is guilt. But I will sit here and say I am proud of myself today."

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