‘I couldn’t be more proud’: Phillip Schofield’s mother Pat, 83, tells of her shock after he told her he was gay but hails his ‘inspiring’ bravery for revealing news on TV
- Pat, 83, has spoken out for the first time since her son came out to the nation this morning after revealing the ‘dark times’ he has faced
- The presenter, 57, emotionally revealed that his 83-year-old mother, Pat, said ‘I don’t care’ after he told her he was gay
- Phillip revealed that he travelled down to Cornwall to come out before his announcement and praised her ‘instant acceptance’
- The TV star, who has been married to wife Steph for 27 years, revealed on Friday in an emotional Instagram message that he is ready to come out as gay
- If you have been affected by this article or would like support on LGBT related-issues, you can contact the LGBT Foundation on 0345 330 3030 or email [email protected]
Phillip Schofield’s mother has told of her shock at finding out her son was gay, but praised his ‘inspiring’ bravery for revealing the news on TV.
Pat, 83, has spoken out for the first time since her son came out to the nation this morning after revealing the ‘dark times’ he has faced.
He revealed he had travelled down to Cornwall to come out to his mother before his TV announcement and praised her ‘instant acceptance’.
Now his mother Pat has spoken of how the news did come as a shock, but that she ‘couldn’t be more proud’ of her son’s actions.
Supportive mother: Phillip Schofield, 57, emotionally revealed that his 83-year-old mother, Pat, said ‘I don’t care’ after he told her he was gay (pictured in the summer)
Brave: Phillip took to Instagram moments before the show aired to reveal he is gay
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.
‘Yes it was a shock, but nothing as a family that we can’t support and applaud.’
Phillip, who has been married to wife Steph for 27 years, made his announcement via Instagram on Friday, moments before This Morning aired and said he had suffered years of ‘inner conflict’.
He and co-host Holly Willoughby, 38, broke down in tears and hugged as she immediately showed her support to her best friend.
During the interview, Phillip said: ‘It was the same with my mum, my mum is watching this today. She’s been on the phone this morning, ‘Hope you’re OK.’
‘I went down to see her, she’s down in Cornwall, and I went down to see her. And I told her and she said, ‘Oh, ok, well, I don’t care’ – and that’s the same with everyone.’
Close bond: The This Morning presenter revealed that he travelled down to Cornwall to tell his mother to her face and said she had immediately accepted him
Sweet: The ITV presenter has a close bond with his mother and regularly shares updates of her on his Instagram (pictured in 2008)
Phillip also spoke about his family’s support in his emotional Instagram message on Friday, he penned: ‘Both mine and Steph’s entire families have stunned me with their love, instant acceptance and support.’
The ITV presenter has a close bond with his mother and regularly shares updates of her on his Instagram.
In 2017, Phillip got teary after his mother, who was 81 at the time, was strapped to the outside of a plane for a daring wing-walk to celebrate her milestone birthday.
Supportive: The television star was hugged by his co-host Holly Willoughby, 38, with the two breaking down in tears over his heartfelt announcement
Close bond! In 2017, Phillip got teary after his mother, who was 81 at the time, was strapped to the outside of a plane for a daring wing-walk to celebrate her milestone birthday
What a woman! After watching Pat partake in the stunt, the presenter wiped away tears, while Holly gushed: ‘That’s your mum! When I grow up I want to be like her!’
After watching Pat partake in the stunt, the presenter wiped away tears, while Holly gushed: ‘That’s your mum! When I grow up I want to be like her!’
Phillip announced he was gay in a heartfelt message shared to his Instagram story on Friday, just minutes before he gave an interview on This Morning with co-host Holly.
He 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 he has been consuming me for the last few years.
Family: The presenter has praised his family for their ‘instant acceptance and support’, he shares daughters Molly, 27, and Ruby, 24, with Steph (pictured together in 2018)
‘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 presenter has praised his family for their ‘instant acceptance and support’, he shares daughters Molly, 27, a talent manager, and Ruby, 24, a recent graduate, with Steph.
He wrote in his statement: ‘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.’
Although he candidly added: ‘Yet still I can’t sleep and there have been some very dark moments.’
Phillip continued: ‘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 us.’
If you have been affected by this article or would like support on LGBT related-issues, you can contact the LGBT Foundation on 0345 330 3030 or email [email protected]
‘I’ve no secrets’: Full transcript from Phillip Schofield’s interview with Holly Willoughby on This Morning
‘It’s funny because, everyone I’ve spoken to, you, have all been so supportive and so loving and caring.
‘And my entire family to a person have grabbed us and said it’s OK, it’s OK, we love you, we’re proud of you.
‘And every person I tell it gets a little lighter and a little lighter but at the same time, you know, I have made this decision which is essential for me and essential for my head and that’s principally the decision why I’ve done this.
‘Of course I’m really very aware that Steph and the girls are at home watching this and we’re all together, and we spent a lot of time together, we spend a lot of time together obviously.
‘And they’ve been supporting us as we got to this moment and we all knew it was coming.
TV presenter Phillip Schofield on ITV’s This Morning talking with Holly Willoughby today about his announcement that he is gay
‘So, yeah, I mean I feel a little lighter, but I’m also very aware, there’s no question that it causes pain and it causes upset. I’ve no secrets. We’ve never had any secrets. Tough, it is tough, but this is not something that’s happened quickly. I’ve had to deal with this in my head for quite some time.
‘We’ve gone through this together and we’ve been honest and we’ve been open. Steph, as I said, I can’t write in any statement what I feel about that women.
‘She is amazing, she’s incredible. There’s no one in my life who would have supported me the way, as a wife, as the way she supported me. She’s astonishing, literally astonishing.
‘It’s a good question (why now). You know this has been bothering me for a very long time and I think everybody does these things at their own speed, at their own time, when they feel the time is right.
‘I’ve no secrets’: Full transcript from Phillip Schofield’s interview with Holly Willoughby on This Morning
‘And there’s no question that it has in recent times consumed my head and has become an issue in my head.
‘And so I got to the stage where I thought 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 and thinking ‘oh my God, you’re so brave, oh my God, you’re so brave’.
‘And I’m thinking ‘I have to be that person, I have to be that person’. I think all you can be in your life is honest with yourself. I was getting to the point where I knew I wasn’t honest with myself, I was getting to the point where I didn’t like myself very much because I wasn’t being honest with myself.
‘And so, when is the right time, when is the right time to do it? And as a family, it’s the right time.
‘There are people around the world, there are people in this country, there will be people watching this, and we always say talk to someone, and believe me, believe me, when we say that and we do say that a lot on this show, you must talk to someone, you must talk to someone, i have and it’s helped a lot.
‘And it’s brought me back – i mentioned those dark places in the statement – talking to people does bring you back. And in some cases talking to people saves you. You have to discuss it, with my friends, with my family, with my wife, we’ve talked it through – and we have to talk it through.
‘This is my decision, this is absolutely my decision. It was something I knew that I had to do. And I don’t know what the world will be like now – I don’t know how this will be taken, or what people will think.
He said: ‘But at the same time I will sit here and say actually, I’m proud of myself today. And I am proud of myself today’
‘But would I say is that yes, I am very conscious of the hurt, and so my overriding emotion with my family is obviously going to be guilt, because I do feel guilty that this can’t be anything other than a painful process for them.
‘But at the same time I will sit here and say actually, I’m proud of myself today. And I am proud of myself today. It wasn’t easy but they (my daughters) were, they are so amazing in their love and support.
‘I sat them down and I told them and they jumped up and they gave me a hug, a big hug, a long hug, and then they hugged Steph and they said it’s OK, we’ll be OK, we’ll always be a family, always us four, is what we always call ourselves. We’ll always be that.
‘It was the same with my mum, my mum is watching this today. She’s been on the phone this morning – hope you’re OK. I went down to see her, she’s down in Cornwall, and I went down to see her. And I told her and she said ‘oh, OK, well, I don’t care’ – and that’s the same with everyone.
‘No I don’t think so (thinking about future relationships) – I’m not thinking there. I’m doing each day at a time now, this has always been a slow process and there is no fast process after this.
‘This was the big day and this was the day that I knew everything was pointing towards and I could not have don’t it if it hadn’t been you. So afterwards I don’t know, but no, there’s no one, I’m not rushing out to anybody.’
Phillip was open and honest during the appearance in which he chatted to his good friend
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