Phillip Schofield has announced he is gay in emotional Instagram post
7 February 2020, 09:59 | Updated: 7 February 2020, 11:05
Phillip Schofield has come out as gay on his social media and on ITV's This Morning.
The longtime This Morning host made the announcement on Instagram today (February 7).
After nearly 27 years of marriage to his wife Steph, with whom he has two daughters, Phillip explained he has suffered "inner conflict" and is now ready to "celebrate and be proud" of his sexuality.
In a post on Instagram, he wrote: "With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay."
The 57-year-old wrote: "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 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 I still can't sleep and there have been some very dark moments."
Phillip met Stephanie was she was working as a BBC production assistant and he was working for BBC children's TV.
The announcement comes just a few weeks before the couple's 27th wedding anniversary on March 30.
Phillip has co-hosted This Morning with Holly Willoughby for over a decade. Holly has shown her support already, writing on Instagram: "Never been more proud of my friend than I am today."
Holly Willoughby read out his statement on the morning show today, before Phillip said a few words.