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Phillip Schofield receives outpouring of love and support after courageously coming out as gay

Reiss Smith February 7, 2020
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby

Phillip Schofield's This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby shared this selfie of the pair after he came out as gay. (Instagram)

Phillip Schofield has been applauded by celebrity friends and the LGBT+ community after coming out as gay, aged 57.

Schofield made his announcement on Instagram shortly before appearing on ITV’s This Morning.

“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 – and so you won’t know what has been consuming me for the last few years,” he wrote.

“With the strength and support of my wife and daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.”

Holly Willoughby, Schofield’s This Morning co-host, was amongst first to pay tribute to the presented.

She said she’d “never been more proud of my friend that I am today”, sharing a picture of the pair to Instagram.

 

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Never been more proud of my friend than I am today. We’ll be together at 10am on This Morning x

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Appearing with Schofield on This Morning, Willoughby promised: “Whatever happens in the future I’ll be sat by your side… Forever and ever.”

The pair were joined by Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes, who said they would be “the first to stand beside” him.

“Nobody should feel bad about their sexuality,” said Holmes.

Schofield’s Dancing On Ice colleague John Barrowman said he was “so proud.”

“Welcome to your truth and authentic self,” he wrote on Instagram.

Dancing On Ice contestant Ian ‘H’ Watkins sent a similar message of support, welcoming Schofield “officially to our beautiful rainbow family.”

‘We and our allies will keep you safe,” he added.

Comedian Matt Lucas joked about presenting children’s TV show Gordon the Gopher with Schofield “from inside the closet”.

“Joking aside, that cannot have been an easy statement to make,” he tweeted.

“People come out at different stages in their lives. Good luck Philip xxxx.”

Activist Owen Jones sent “love and support” to Schofield, writing: ‘When someone with a public platform comes out, it helps people who are struggling with their sexuality.’

Dermot O’Leary sent his love Phillip Schofield and his family.

Pointless host Richard Osman paid tribute to Schofield’s showmanship.

“When you create a new entertainment show and start discussing who should host, the first name on the list is always Phillip Schofield,” he tweeted.

“That’s a fact. He’s just the very best at what he does, and the public adore him. Looking forward to many more years of his charm and brilliance.”

Stonewall sent its congratulations to Phillip Schofield for his ‘incredibly brave and moving’ announcement that he’s gay.

Twitter’s LGBT+ community came out in solidarity with Phillip Schofield.

Journalist Louis Staples gave a timely reminder that saying ‘I knew’ is never helpful when somebody has come out.

Guardian journalist Chris Godfrey joked that Alan Carr’s ‘long run as middle-England’s favourite gay’ has now come to an end.

More: coming out, Gay, Holly Willoughby, Matt Lucas, Phillip Schofield, This Morning

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