This Morning presenter, Phillip Schofield came out as gay earlier today in an emotional Instagram post.
Schofield has been married for 27 years and has two grown children. He was interviewed by Holly Willoughby this morning on the program.
When asked on the subject, he said that it had “been bothering him for a long time”, and that “everybody does this at their own speed when the time is right.”
He also admitted that his own sexuality had recently “become an issue in my head.”
Phillip Schofield Full statement from Instagram:
“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.
“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 my 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.
“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.”
His decision has prompted great outpourings of support from fellow celebrities, including Dermot O’Leary and Ant and Dec.
Schofield coming out can be seen as beacon to provide with more comfort if they are questioning their own sexuality.
The reactions soon after the news broke prove that Schofield’s decision to come out has been met with public approval, with it being looked as a courageous effort on Schofield’s part.