Phillip Schofield stepped down from ITV’s This Morning on Saturday, May, 22 amid rumours he and co-host Holly Willoughby had been feuding. Since then, it has come out that Phillip had an affair with a much younger colleague.
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Since the affair has come to light, Schofield has completely stepped down from ITV and will no longer be hosting the British Soap Awards, moreover, he has been fired by his agents at YMU ‘with immediate effect’ according to Daily Mail.
Amid the whole scandal, Phillip Schofield released a statement via Daily Mail. In it, he apologises to his wife for having an affair during their marriage as well as lying about the affair to ITV.
The first thing I want to say is: I am deeply sorry for having lied to them, and to many others about a relationship that I had with someone working on This Morning.
I am so very, very sorry, as I am for having been unfaithful to my wife.
A look into Phillip Schofield’s marriage
As many of you know, Phillip Schofield is married. He has been married to his wife Stephanie Lowe for 30 years. Schofield and Lowe tied the knot back in 1993 and are still together, even after Phillip came out in 2020.
Together, the couple brought two children into this world, Molly and Ruby. Since his coming out in February 2020, Stephanie shared her thoughts on the news. In 2020, she told The Sun:
We have had to face the most emotionally painful time in our 27 years of marriage.
Schofield also admitted that he knew he was gay when he married Lowe in 1993. In the same interview, he said:
I am not saying I didn't know. Whatever was 'there' I thought, 'Ok, whatever this is, you stay back because I am happy'.
Phillip then went on to explain that in the end, Stephanie knew he was gay as they lived together and they share everything:
Steph is my closest confidante. She's been amazing. I have no secrets from Steph. We have been very truthful and honest. She has known for a while.
It is still unclear whether or not the couple plan on divorcing. Stephanie revealed that she would wait until Phillip is in a relationship before deciding to split amicably. A source told Mirror in 2020:
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.
Phillip Schofield’s affair with a male colleague
In his statement, Phillip Schofield admitted to having an affair with a younger male colleague from This Morning. However, it is believed that Phillip and the colleague met when the latter was just 15.
Schofield admits that his relationship with the young colleague was ‘unwise but not illegal’.
Eamonn Holmes has once again shared his thought on the matter. In an interview with Dan Wootton, Holmes reveals that Schofield’s affair was 'known by virtually every staff member both on and off screen’ and that he had asked ITV to investigate.
Holmes also revealed that the young colleague involved in the affair is still in touch with his wife, Ruth Langsford.
The couple knew the young man and that they ‘looked after him’ on the show:
Ruth and I particularly looked after him, he never once talked to us about any relationship.
But we knew he was in a bad way and he was in a bad way fragilely.
There’s an incredible duty of care that should go with that young man.
Holmes then explained that the young man went on to work with Loose Women.
Metro: ‘Eamonn Holmes’ wife Ruth Langsford is ‘still in touch’ with Phillip Schofield’s ‘ex-lover’
The Sun: ‘PHIL'S STRUGGLE Phil Schofield says he was ‘naive to suppress’ that he was gay when he married 27 years ago’
Daily Mail: ‘Phillip Schofield apologises to wife Stephanie Lowe after admitting to having affair with young male This Morning colleague while he was still married to her’
Hello!: ‘Phillip Schofield's wife Stephanie Lowe breaks silence as This Morning presenter admits he knew he was gay 27 years ago’
Hello!: ‘Phillip Schofield addresses wedding ring questions following shock split from wife Stephanie’
Mirror: 'Phillip Schofield's wife has 'no plans to divorce TV star' after he came out as gay'