A lovely wife who supports and gives strength, two beautiful daughters who make him prouder and the finest family that pours him loads of love. But, these factors didn’t hide the fact that Phillip Schofield lived in a secret hell for the past 27 years hiding his sexuality. Last Friday, he confessed that he is gay in an emotional TV interview,
“I am not saying I didn’t know,” he told a newspaper paper. “Whatever was ‘there’ I thought, ‘OK, whatever this is, you stay back because I am happy’.
“I admit I was perhaps a bit naïve. But when we got married it was a joyous time and it wasn’t a consideration in my head.”
“We’ve been honest and open,” he told Holly. “Steph, I can’t write in any statement what I feel about that woman. She’s amazing, she’s incredible.
“There is no one in my life who would have supported me the way… as a wife, as the way she’s supported me. She’s astonishing, literally astonishing.”
“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: “There is no doubt living with this kind of secret can take people to the darkest of places. And there is no question for me it got very dark because it felt hopeless. There is no question, in those moments, when I couldn’t see a way forward, it was Steph and my girls – through their strength – who hauled me back.
“But I understand completely why so many men and women in this country get to the point of suicide. I had Steph and I had my girls and I don’t think I could have left them like that. But if I hadn’t have had their support, then who knows?”