This is what presenter Phillip Schofield said in his statement as he comes out as gay in an emotional message

On Friday, February 7, television presenter Phillip Schofield took to Instagram to come out as gay.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 11:08 am
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 3:15 pm

In a statement on his Instagram story, the presenter who has been married to Stephanie Lowe for 27 years, revealed the news.

Phillip said: "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.

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

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Phillip Schofield has been married to wife Stephanie for 27 years and has two daughters. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

"This is something that has caused many heart-breaking 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 still I can't sleep and there have been some very dark moments."

Schofield's statement added: "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 comes only from the hurt that I am causing to my family.

"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 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. 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.

"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.

"Please be kind, especially to my family.”

The 57 year-old appeared on ITV’s This Morning with co-presenter and close friend Holly Willoughby adding that those around him have been supportive.

He said: "I feel a little lighter but I'm also very aware, there is no question that it causes pain and it causes upset."

When he was asked why he was announcing it now, he added: "I got to the stage where I think we sit here every day and I'm over there and some amazingly brave, incredible person is sitting here and I'm listening to their story, thinking 'Oh my god, you're so brave' and I'm thinking 'I have to be that person'.”