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Phillip Schofield and ITV ex lover signed ‘mutual gagging order’ over relationship

Phillip Schofield left ITV in May after he admitted to lying about an ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair with a younger colleague (Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Phillip Schofield and his ex lover signed a ‘mutual non-disclosure’ agreement following their relationship at ITV.

The former This Morning host, 61, left ITV in May after he lied about having an ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair with a younger colleague on the show.

Ever since his exit the father-of-two, who spent 21 years on the show joined later by Holly Willoughby, has kept a low profile, only speaking up in a televised interview in the days following the dramatic exit.

Now it’s been revealed both Schofield and the show runner – Person X – who is 34 years his junior, signed an agreement within which there was a non-disclosure provision, which prevents either party divulging details of their relationship.

A lawyer speaking on behalf of Schofield told Metro.co.uk: ‘Person X instructed Mishcon de Reya to seek from Phillip Schofield payment of his substantial legal costs in dealing with the media to protect his privacy, for extended therapy, compensation for the loss of his job and home, and other financial losses suffered as a consequence of the media coverage of their relationship.

‘This was incorporated in an agreement which included a mutual non-disclosure provision.’

Schofield used to host This Morning with Holly Willoughby (Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
He hosted the show for 21 years until his May exit (Picture:Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

The younger runner was 15 when he and Schofield met, and their romantic relationship began when he was 20.

Of the agreement, a source told the Mail on Sunday: ‘It means that Phil knows that his young ex will not ever be able to speak about their relationships so he can probably sleep a lot better at night now.

‘He has lost a lot but imagine if the full details came out – it would be pretty cataclysmic for him.’

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The source added: ‘And it’s a bit rich to present an NDA after Phil had his say with the BBC last year.’

During his interview Amol Rajan, Schofield indicated his TV career was over and said his daughters wouldn’t let him out of their sight, revealing he’s had suicidal thoughts.

This comes after Schofield was spotted out and about with his family, including his ex-wife Stephanie Lowe and daughters Molly, 30, and Ruby, 28.

Since his shock departure from ITV, former This Morning co-host Holly briefly returned to the sofa, but left soon after a kidnap plot against her emerged.

She has since returned to host Dancing On Ice, while Schofield has kept out of the public eye.

Months later and the long-time duo’s presenting replacements have just been announced, with Cat Deeley and Ben Shephard to host This Morning.

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