Phillip Schofield thanks fans for their support after he came out as gay
TV presenter Phillip Schofield has thanked fans for their support after he revealed he was gay.
The This Morning host announced the news during an emotional appearance on Friday's show, telling his co-presenter Holly Willoughby that he had ‘been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay’.
Following an outpouring of support, Schofield, who has been married to wife Steph for more than 20 years, sent a message of thanks to fans.
Writing on his Instagram Story, he said: ‘You will never know how important your support has been today, I've read as much as I can.
‘Please please, no matter your age or your thoughts, TALK to someone, don't let your head beat you and hopefully you'll find out that your friends & family have a remarkable ability to surprise you with their love and understanding.’
He added the hashtag #bekind.
The TV star has been a fixture on This Morning since 2002.
Schofield visited his mother, 83-year-old Pat, in Cornwall to tell her the news and she revealed she told him ‘I don't care’.
She told the Mirror: ‘For him to be so brave in front of so many people was inspiring, because I know how hard it was for him to do.
‘I love Steph and the girls more than anything in the world and I will always be there for them.
‘When Phillip drove to Cornwall to tell me, the first thing I said was I don't care.
‘Yes it was a shock, but nothing as a family that we can't support and applaud.’
Schofield, who met Steph, 55, while she worked in production and he on a BBC children's TV show, said his wife has been ‘incredible’ adding ‘she is the kindest soul I have ever met’.
He said their daughters have been ‘astonishing in their love’ while both his and Steph's families have ‘stunned’ him with their support.