Phillip Schofield: This Morning host says coming out ‘saved’ him from ‘really dark’ place
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Phillip Schofield, 58, was speaking on RTE One’s The Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy when he explained his decision to come out of gay while on This Morning earlier this year. The star also revealed that he had travelled down to Cornwall to speak with his mother Pat, 84, who was concerned about his stress impacted weight loss.
It got that dark
Phillip’s weight had dropped to just nine stone before he came out, he told Ryan: “I had long conversations with Steph [his wife], we talked about it a lot. It was really beginning to trip me up, mess with my head.”
“It started off with a little bit of confusion, then my head managed to turn it into something really big, scary and dark. Steph and I went through that together.
He added: “Then when I had made the decision, the only way I think I could save myself because it got that dark was that I had to be honest. I had to be truthful.
“Then when you’ve decided to make that decision you have to be honest and truthful with the people who are around you.
Phillip divulged his driver had taken him to Cornwall so he could speak with his mother face to face.
The ITV presenter continued: “She had already asked me months before, ‘Are you OK, you look skinny… you look sad, I know there’s something wrong’. I said, ‘I’ll tell you when the time is right, but I’m not ill’.”
Phillip then explained that he has ‘annoying floaters’ in his eyes and his mother was worried he was going blind.
He continued: “I said, ‘Mum, I have something to tell you’, so I told her and she said, ‘Oh, oh right OK, thank God for that, I thought you were going blind… ‘
His mum added: “Those things in your eyes, that’s alright, so long as you are OK and Steph’s OK and the girls are OK. I’m fine!”
Phillip explained: ‘My mum suddenly turned into this incredibly modern, forward-thinking 84-year-old and we have these incredible really good solid chats about my head, how I am and us as a family. That’s actually worked out really well.”
The TV presenter currently has no plans to divorce his wife of 27 years Stephanie Lowe.
He said on Chris Evans podcast, How To Wow recently: “I’m still married to Steph. There is a great deal of talk of divorce – we have not discussed that at all.”
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He continued: ‘With divorce…that has not been discussed. We are picking our way through and however, that works and it’s a work in progress.
“I am a work in progress. Steph is a work in progress.
“It is not in my nature to hurt people and so I have to reconcile myself with the fact that I have done that. Indeed I have done that and I tried very hard not to.
He added: “I also say, is it possible to come out and not hurt your wife? No of course it isn’t. “
Steph has previously spoken of the “painful time” she has endured since her husband publicly came out.
“We have had to face the most emotionally painful time in our 27 years of marriage,” Stephanie told The Sun on Sunday.
Despite this, she said that she supports his “brave step”.
She revealed: “I love Phillip, as much today as I ever have, and always will.”
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