10 February 2020 00:43
Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from Liverpool Echo - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Philip Schofield held back tears during his first Dancing On Ice show since coming out as gay. The 57-year-old appeared alongside friend and co-host Holly Willoughby for the show and was in a buoyant mood. Celebrity judge Ashley Banjo said that he had nothing but 'love and respect' for the host and Philip looked moved. Once the judges made their way onto the ice, Ashley said: "You have always been an absolute legend but never ever more so than this week my friend. Phillip looked like he was going to cry before making a joke and saying: "It's not about me, it's not about me." The presenter, came out as gay on Friday morning with an emotional social media post.
Following his lengthy, heartwarming post, he appeared on This Morning to be interviewed by co-host and friend Holly Willoughby. Holly began the This Morning segment by saying: "I've never been more proud of my friend than I have today" and then read out Philip's statement. The nation's favourite double act Ant and Dec say they are "sending love" to Phillip Schofield after he announced he was gay. I have been married to Steph for nearly 27 years, and we have two beautiful grown-up daughters, Molly and Ruby. Yes, I am feeling pain and confusion, but that comes only from the hurt that I am causing to my family.
Sitting on the sofa, Phil, told Holly that now was the right time to come out. "You know this has been bothering me for a long time," he said. Phillip said there were "no secrets" between him and his wife. When Holly asked how Steph was coping, Phil said it was "tough". In her first statement since her husband came out as gay, Phillip Schofield's wife said the couple face the "most emotionally painful time in our 27 years of marriage".
"Both mine and Steph's entire families have stunned me with their love, instant acceptance and support." As the star revealed to the world he is gay, he wrote on Instagram: "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. Phillip has also admitted he knew he was gay when he married Stephanie 27 years ago. He said in an interview: "I must have been gay when I wed but I was so happy I never considered it. Phillip Schofield has spoken about his long-term fight with himself over his sexuality before he came out this week. The This Morning host, 57, said his longtime partner Steph, who he met when he was 25 and they worked on children's shows together, has known for some time before he decided to tell the public. And he said he had denied his sexuality to himself before they married 27 years ago. He told The Sun On Sunday: "I am not saying I didn't know. Phil, who married Steph in 1993 when he was starring in Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, said he had been overjoyed when they had their daughters Molly and Ruby and were bringing them up together. And his wife Steph told the paper: "We have had to face the most emotionally painful time in our 27 years of marriage." Video: Phil Schofield tells Holly about the moment he told his mum Phil said he had been confused for such a long time but had now fully come to terms with who he is. "But over time I realised and started coming to terms with it. He added that now he knew for certain, saying: "If you ask anyone who is gay, they know, there is no confusion." And he said he was so grateful for his wife's support. "But I still love Steph as much as when we first met. Phillip Schofield's wife Stephanie Lowe 'won't divorce him until he's found love again' Phillip's wife Steph is 'not planning a divorce' after he comes out as gay. Phillip Schofield's wife Stephanie Lowe has no plans to file for divorce until the TV star is "happy and settled" in a new relationship, reports claim. Steph, who has been married to the telly host for almost 27 years, allegedly wants to agree on an amicable deal when the time is right – but isn't planning on rushing the proceedings. According to Phil, 57, the mother of his two children has been his rock during his secret sexuality struggle, providing strength and support as he came to terms with the fact he was gay. Read more: Phillip Schofield praises 'incredible' wife Stephanie Lowe as he comes out as gay Phillip and Steph have been married since 1993. Read more: Phillip Schofield's daughter Molly breaks silence to support dad after TV star comes out as gay The TV star praises his wife and says she's been "astonishing". The couple share two grown-up children, Molly, 27, and Ruby, 24, and plan to remain a family unit as they navigate their new life following Phillip's shock revelation earlier this week. Read more: Loose Women throw support behind Phillip Schofield after he comes out as gay Phillip has praised his loving family for their support and strength. The beloved broadcaster, who is said to be worth around £8million, bravely came out in a touching statement on social media and later broke down live on This Morning as he confirmed the news. When quizzed by best friend Holly Willoughby about whether he'd met someone new, Phillip explained he was currently single and planned to take things very slowly in regards to relationships. He told his co-host: "I'm doing each day at a time now and this has always been a slow process. Read more: Eamonn Holmes makes cheeky Holly Willoughby gag after Phillip Schofield comes out as gay in emotional This Morning interview In his original statement on Instagram, Phillip, who married Steph in 1993 after meeting her behind-the-scenes at the BBC, said: "I have had to deal with this in my head for quite some time and as for Steph, as I said I can't write in any statement how I feel about that woman.