UK presenter, Phillip Schofield, who has been married to wife, Stephanie Lowe, for 27 years has revealed he is gay.
The 57-year-old made the announcement via a statement posted on his Instagram story. He wrote;
“Today, quite rightly, being gay is a reason to celebrate and be proud,”
“Yes, I am feeling pain and confusion, but that comes only from the hurt that I am causing to my family.”
Schofield presents ITV programmes including Dancing On Ice and This Morning, which won a National Television Award last week for best live magazine show.
The 57-year-old also said he had cried on the shoulder of his co-presenter, Holly Willoughby. And he wrote about his “inner conflict” , contrasting it with “a world that has changed so much for the better”.
“Every day on This Morning, I sit in awe of those we meet who have been brave and open in confronting their truth – so now it’s my turn to share mine. This will probably all come as something of 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.”
The presenter was interviewed by his co-host Holly Willoughby on Friday’s edition of This Morning.
The presenter added in recent times his sexuality has “become an issue in my head”.
“All you can be in your life is honest with yourself and I was getting to the point where I knew I wasn’t honest with myself. I was getting to the point where I didn’t like myself very much because I wasn’t being honest with myself.”
“[Coming out] is my decision. This is absolutely my decision. It was something I knew that I had to do. I don’t know what the world will be like now. I don’t know how this will be taken or what people will think.”
But the presenter said he is not ready yet for a relationship with a man.