Phillip 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.’
In the wake of this revelation, here’s a look at Phillip’s family life and his wife of nearly 27 years…
Who is Phillip Schofield’s wife?
Phillip Schofield has been married to Stephanie Lowe since March 1993, which means they’d be due to mark their 27th wedding anniversary next month.
Phillip and Stephanie met when they were both working at the BBC – he as a children’s TV presenter and she as a production assistant.
Together they have daughters Molly, 27, and Ruby, 24.
Ruby studied psychology at Leeds Beckett University and Molly has followed her father into showbiz by working as a talent manager.
In his statement, Phillip said: ‘This is something that has caused many heartbreaking 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 I still can’t sleep and there have been some very dark moments.’
He 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 only comes from the hurt I am causing for my family.
‘Steph has been incredible – I love her so very much. She is the kindest soul that 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.’
Phillip also praised his long-time-on-screen partner Holly Willoughby, who co-hosts This Morning and Dancing on Ice with him, by saying: ‘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.’