PHILLIP Schofield has emotionally revealed that coming out was the only way to ‘save himself’ as things had got ‘that dark’ in his head.
Talking on RTÉ One’s The Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy, Schofield, 58, explained his decision to publicly announce he was gay in February.
Phillip also claimed that he travelled down to Cornwall to tell his mother Pat, 84, who had grown concerned over his weight loss due to stress.
The presenter, whose weight had nosedived to just nine stone before he came out, told host Ryan, ‘I had long conversations with Steph my wife, we talked about it a lot. It was really beginning to trip me up, mess with my head.
‘It started off with a little bit of confusion, then my head managed to turn it into something really big, scary and dark. Steph and I went through that together.’
He continued discussing his experience coming out, ‘Then when I had made the decision, the only way I think I could save myself because it got that dark was that I had to be honest. I had to be truthful.
‘Then when you’ve decided to make that decision you have, to be honest and truthful with the people who are around you.’
Phillip revealed that his driver, Tony, took him to Cornwall as he was in ‘no fit state’ to drive so he could tell his mother, Pat, that he was gay.
Phillip emotionally added, ‘My mum suddenly turned into this incredibly modern, forward-thinking 84-year-old and we have these incredible really good solid chats about my head, how I am and us as a family. That’s actually worked out really well.’
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