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Wife Stephanie 'absolutely shattered'.

Byline: Tom Bryant

PHILLIP Schofield's wife is said to be 'absolutely shattered' by the TV presenter's revelation that he is gay.

The presenter has paid tribute to his wife of 27 years Stephanie and their two adult daughters Molly and Ruby, saying he had received love and support from his family.

But although Stephanie has been Phillip's rock and is said to support his decision to come out, a friend close to the couple told The Mirror that she has been left 'absolutely shattered' that they have 'been living a lie' for so long.

"Steph is being a rock for Phillip, as she always has been, but there's no denying she is absolutely shattered by all this.

She and the girls love him very much and will support him as much as they can, but the knowledge they have been living a lie for so long is terribly hurtful."

They added: "It's humiliating to think that you're married to someone who doesn't love you the way you love them."

Stephanie and Phil have been married for nearly 27 years.

Since his statement on Friday morning, Phil has confirmed he's not looking for a new relationship now he's officially out.

Emotional co-star Holly Willoughby asked if he was looking for a new partner, to which he replied: "No, I don't think so. I'm not going there. I'm doing each day at a time. This has always been a slow process.

"This was the big day and this is the day I knew everything was pointing towards.

And I couldn't have done it if it hadn't been for you [Holly]. But no, there's no one I'm running off to."

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Author:Tom Bryant
Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2020
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