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Schofield's mum so proud of his courage in coming out.

PHILLIP Schofield's mother has told of her pride in her TV presenter son after he came out as gay.

Schofield spoke publicly about his sexuality for the first time on Friday in an emotional on-air chat with his This Morning co-host and close friend Holly Willoughby.

The TV star, who has been a fixture on the programme since 2002, has been married to wife Steph for more than 20 years and has two grown-up daughters.

He visited his mother, 83-yearold Pat, in Cornwall to tell her the news and she revealed she told him, "I don't care".

She said: "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, 57, stunned viewers with the bombshell announcement on the This Morning sofa. The final show of the week is usually hosted by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, but Schofield and Willoughby appeared as guests.

Willoughby, 38, read out a statement from her co-presenter, revealing his years of struggling with being gay, including some "very dark moments". It said: "My inner conflict contrasts with an outside world that has changed so very much for the better.

"Today, quite rightly, being gay is a reason to celebrate and be proud. Yes, I am feeling pain and confusion, but that comes only from the hurt that I am causing to my family."

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2020
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