Phillip Schofield’s wife Stephanie Lowe has broken her silence amid her husband’s shock revelation that he’s gay.
On Friday morning, February 7, British television host Philip Schofield took to Instagram to reveal that he’s gay before appearing on This Morning to discuss his announcement.
Two days after his announcement, his wife Stephanie spoke publicly about it for the first time.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, 55-year-old Steph said: “We’ve had to face the most emotionally painful time in our 27 years of marriage.”
Stephanie’s comment comes after reports have claimed she has “no plans to divorce” Phillip until he is settled in a new relationship.
The pair, who met when he was a Children’s BBC star and she was a production assistant, married in 1993 and had their first child, Molly, the same year.
Philp told the publication that he does believe he’s known he was gay throughout his marriage to Stephanie, saying: ‘Whatever was ”there” I thought, ”OK, whatever this is, you stay back because I am happy.”
The veteran TV star added that he was ‘naive’ to think he could suppress his sexuality when he married Steph 27 years ago, but he didn’t consider his sexuality as it was such a ‘joyous time’ for him.
‘If you ask anyone who is gay, they know — there is no confusion.’
The Dancing On Ice star also hailed his daughters Molly, 27, and Ruby, 24, for the way they’ve supported him through everything.
He added that they’ve been a ‘credit to us’, adding: ‘I am so proud of them.’
He continued to say that the girls ‘picked up’ that something was up before he and Stephanie broke the news, adding that he had been ‘very low’ around that time.
Phil took to Instagram earlier this week to reveal the news in a lengthy and impassioned post before appearing on This Morning to discuss his announcement with his co-host and best friend Holly Willoughby, during which he broke down in tears.
He said that he has suffered ‘inner conflict’ and is now ready to ‘celebrate and be proud’ of his sexuality, yet insists he is not thinking about a new relationship.
Phillip spoke on This Morning about his battles with keeping his secret and the relief of coming out. Phil met Stephanie when she was a BBC production Assistant and he was working for the BBC Children’s television.
It comes as it was revealed that Stephanie reportedly has no plans to divorce him. A source has claimed Stephanie Lowe does not wish to formally end their marriage until he is settled in a new relationship.
The source told The Mirror: “Steph isn’t bitter over Phil’s coming out. She isn’t the type to be spiteful by dragging him into court. She’s saying she’ll stick with him until he’s settled and happy in a new relationship, and then they’ll talk about an amicable split deal.”
Two years ago, This Morning celebrated Phillip and Steph’s 25th silver wedding anniversary during the show. However, there are claims Philip’s sexuality was an “open secret” on the This Morning set and he allegedly told ITV bosses about his plans to come out in an impromptu meeting on Thursday. It’s also claimed that his close friend and co-host Holly had known about his sexuality for some time.