Phillip Schofield has announced he is gay.
The This Morning presenter – who has been married for nearly 27 years – made the revelation this morning.
He and partner Steph share two children together but told how he is now ready to ‘celebrate and be proud’ of his sexuality.
“With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to the terms with the fact that I am gay.”
“This is something that has caused many heart-breaking conversations at home,” he wrote.
“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 I still can’t sleep and there have been some very dark moments.
“My inner conflict contrasts with an outside world that has changed so 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 only comes from the hurt that I am causing to my family.”
He continued: “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 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 as 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.”
Schofield began his career in TV in 1982, landing a role on This Morning in 2002 with Ferne Britton.
Since then, he and Holly Willoughby have formed an on-screen relationship.
Willoughby wrote on Instagram: “Never been more proud of my friend than I am today.”
More to follow.