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charlie brooker satire Legendary TV presenter Phillip Schofield just came out as gay. (ITV)

Phillip Schofield has returned to social media – particularly, Instagram – after a year-long break, following a significant scandal involving his relationship with a youthful male This Morning colleague.

The previous TV presenter, 62, broke his lengthy silence with a easy image of his canine watching the F1 racing, as he wrote: ‘Fortunately Alfie is an enormous F1 fan.’ Over 40,000 individuals have favored Schofield’s submit up to now. The submit earlier than that was shared on 7 Might 2023.

Phillip Schofield, who’s homosexual and who got here out on Instagram in February 2020, left common ITV breakfast tv programme This Morning in Might 2023 after 20 years, admitting to mendacity about an affair with a youthful colleague who additionally labored on the present.

The presenter admitted that he coated up the connection with the younger man, which occurred throughout his 27-year marriage to Stephanie Lowe, for years. He referred to as it “unwise, however not unlawful”. 

Schofield confirmed that he met the person “when he was a youngster and was requested to assist him get into tv” and after the unnamed man began work on This Morning, “it turned greater than a friendship”. 

Talking on the time, an ITV spokesperson stated they’re “deeply upset by the admissions of deceit” and that the community felt “badly let down”.

Schofield’s attorneys confirmed to the Night Normal that his to-be-colleague was simply 15 when the pair met – however reiterated their relationship started years later, after he began working at ITV.

Phillip Schofield BBC interview

Phillip Schofield wears a dark shirt as he speaks to a BBC presenter who is off camera
Phillip Schofield denied accusations that he “groomed” his youthful male colleague. (BBC)

In a bombshell interview with the BBC in June 2023, Phillip Schofield rejected accusations that he was a “groomer”, saying that the pair solely launched into a sexual relationship after the younger man turned 20.

Within the interview with BBC Information, the previous ITV presenter additionally advised Amol Rajan that the fallout from the scandal had a “catastrophic impact” on his thoughts and left him with suicidal ideas.

“It’s relentless, and it’s day after day, after day after day. When you don’t suppose that that’s going to have probably the most catastrophic impact on somebody’s thoughts… would you like me to die? As a result of that’s the place I’m,” he stated.

Holly Willoughby assertion

Holly Willoughby wears a black dress as she stands alongside Phillip Schofield in front of a purple background
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield fronted This Morning collectively for greater than a decade earlier than Schofield stepped down amid the scandal. (Getty)

Phillip Schofield’s long run This Morning co-presenter Holly Willoughby took to Instagram Tales on 27 Might 2023 to debate the fallout from the scandal. Willoughby shared together with her 8 million followers that she had requested Schofield “instantly” in regards to the relationship and was “damage” to search out out that he had not advised her the reality. 

“It’s taken time to course of yesterday’s information,” Willoughby posted. “When studies of this relationship surfaced, I requested Phil instantly if this was true and was advised it was not.

“It’s been very hurtful to now discover out that this was a lie. Holly.”

The tv presenter admitted to The Solar in June 2023 that his friendship with Willoughby had cooled, and confirmed he not has any contact with Willoughby.

“I’ve misplaced my finest pal. I let her down. I let that total present down. I let the viewers down.”

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