Holly Willoughby breaks silence after This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield comes out as gay

This morning presenter Holly Willoughby said she is ‘proud’ of Phillip Schofield after he came out as gay today.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 3:51 pm
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 3:52 pm

In a statement alongside a photograph of the two presenters today, on her Instagram account, Holly said: “Never been more proud of my friend than I am today.”

She commented after married dad-of-two, Phillip, issued a statement on his own Instagram page, revealing he is gay.

He said: “With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.

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Phillip Schofield with co-presenter Holly Willoughby

“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.”

Schofield's statement continued: “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.

“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.”