Phillip Schofield ran off This Morning to be sick amid ‘secret’ turmoil ‘Had to come out’10/15/2020
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This Morning host Phillip Schofield put out a statement on Instagram announcing that he was gay back in February. The ITV veteran has been married to his wife Stephanie Lowe for 27 years and the couple share two daughters together; Ruby and Molly.
The 58-year-old has now detailed his agony of dealing with the turmoil over his sexuality, saying he almost had a “total breakdown”.
Phillip opened up about two different occasions where he decided to leave This Morning because he couldn’t cope.
The star had a meltdown on the way to ITV Studios and even got his driver to take him home.
A second time the presenter ran off screen to be sick.
Both incidents forced Phillip to recognise that he had to let the world know.
In a new book, he wrote: “I had to come out. If I didn’t, the secret was going to give me a total breakdown… at best.
“You’re f*****g up everything and everyone and there’s no way to stop it.”
The ITV star continued in his autobiography Life What’s You Make It, that he was “emotionally, fundamentally scared” for the first time, and said his thoughts started to affect his job.
Phillip revealed the moment he couldn’t go to work because the pressure became too much.
The voice came into his head as he planned for an interview with singer Annie Lennox.
He asked the driver to turn around, texted producers to say he couldn’t come in and turned off his phone.
“It was the first time my issues had spilled over into work. Another day I had to leave a fashion item to be sick. I now knew that I needed professional help.”
The ITV star said his mental health began to unravel last Christmas, bringing him to the “darkest places”.
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Back in February, Phillip released a statement telling fans he had been “coming to terms” with being gay.
He wrote on Instagram: “With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.
“This is something that has caused many heart-breaking conversations at home.”
He added: “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.”
Elsewhere, Phillip revealed that his co-star Holly Willoughby was a “vital” part of his decision to come out as gay.
Speaking on The One Show, he told hosts Michelle Ackerly and Michael Ball: “I wouldn’t, I couldn’t have done that with anyone else, I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to be sitting by the side of me.
“We’d had a big lead up to that moment and Holly was one of the first people who I knew what I had to do, Holly was one of the first people that I told.
“She is such a wise person. She’s got a calm, sensitive aura to her.”
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