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Phillip Schofield has revealed that when he came out as gay to his This Morning colleagues, they were relieved as they initially suspected he had a grave illness.
The beloved TV host revealed that he is gay back in February, after months of coming to terms with his sexuality behind closed doors.
The inner turmoil Phil felt had caused him to lose a significant amount of weight, which didn’t go unnoticed by concerned colleagues.
Speaking on Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast, Phil opened up about his workmates fearing the worst.
He said: “It was draining in that no one other than Holly knew. All the people I worked with just thought I was really ill. I was losing weight, thin, staring into the mirror.
“It was the worry of other people that was a bit unsettling. I couldn’t be jokey and jovial, I was just quiet.”
Phil, 58, revealed his colleagues were candid with him once he finally clued them in on his news.
He explained: “They all said, ‘Is that all?! Oh thank God, I thought you were dying!’”
Phil has released an autobiography, Life’s What You Make It, which Fearne described as “unbelievably honest and brave.”
The star, who is still married to Stephanie Lowe, 56, documents his struggle to accept being gay.
The couple, who tied the knot in 1993, share daughters Ruby, 24, and Molly, 27. Phil said: “‘All I care about are the people I love – Steph and the girls.
“Do I know who I am? No. I’m still pretty confused. It’s clearer because I’ve been very honest about it and I’ve known that about myself for a bit of time.
“My head is just as muddy as it was before. People have said I’m going to ‘live my best life now.’ I don’t know what that means – I thought I was.”
The Dancing On Ice host also explained that his family’s feelings about the situation were his top priority when coming out.
He said: “I was always really careful with the girls. I’ve never done anything on the telly that would embarrass them until they were old enough and we could laugh about it.
"Suddenly you’re doing this public thing and you can’t do it on your own. You need to take your family with you.
“The girls are so lucky they’ve got the best boyfriends. They’re so sweet and supportive.
“Obviously I worry about Steph. That’s an overriding factor. We all talk a lot which is important. It’s a peculiar thing to have to go through as a couple – and an individual.”
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