Phillip Schofield, the co-presenter of ITV’s has announced he is gay after being married for over 27 years.
In a statement released on the program’s Twitter account, the presenter, who has been married to his wife for almost 27 years, paid tribute to his family.
“With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact I am gay,” he said.
The 57-year-old also said he had cried on the shoulder of his co-presenter, Holly Willoughby. And he wrote about his “inner conflict”, contrasting it with “a world that has changed so much for the better”.
“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 with a plea for people to be kind, “especially to my family”.
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