Phillip Schofield, who hosts ITV’s This Morning program, made the revelation this morning as he paid tribute to his wife of 27 years and two daughters, according to The Sun.
The 57-year-old wrote on Instagram today: “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.”
He added: “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.”
Schofield said he was feeling “pain and confusion” from the “hurt” he was causing his family, but his wife had been “incredible”.
“You never know what’s going on in someone’s seemingly perfect life, what issues they are struggling with, or the state of their wellbeing,” he said.
“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, encouraging words of comfort.”
Schofield met while Stephanie was working as a BBC production assistant and he was working for BBC children’s television.
They have two daughters together, Ruby, 24, and Molly, 27.
“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,” he said.
He also paid tribute to his co-host Holly Willoughby and the team at ITV.
“My friends are the best, especially Holly, who has been so kind and wife – and who has hugged me as I sobbed on her shoulder,” he said.
“At ITV, I couldn’t hope to work with more wonderful, supportive teams. Every day on This Morning, I sit in awe of those we meet who have been brave and open in confronting their truth – so not it’s my turn to share mine. This will probably all come as something as 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.”
Schofield has co-hosted the daytime show with Willoughby for more than a decade, with the pair often left in fits of laughter during segments.
Willoughby threw her support behind Schofield, writing on Instagram: “Never been more proud of my friend than I am today.
“We’ll be together at 10am on This Morning x”
The announcement comes just a few weeks shy of the Schofields’ 27th wedding anniversary on March 30.
Schofield had previously marked his silver wedding anniversary in 2018 on Instagram, gushing: “Two birthdays and a Silver Wedding Anniversary in one week! That’s a lot of cards. Happy 25th Mrs S”.
The popular presenter first began his career in the media in 1982 – working in New Zealand radio before returning to the UK to work for the BBC.
He then hosted ITV shows including Schofield’s Quest before snagging the role as This Morning presenter in 2002.
Schofield is also known for his work with charities, becoming the patron for the charity CHASE hospice care for children.
This story first appeared on The Sun and was republished with permission.