Phillip Schofield admits he is still 'pretty confused' about who he is since coming out as gay

Danny Thompson
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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16:  (L-R) Stephanie Lowe and Phillip Schofield attend the ITV Palooza! held at The Royal Festival Hall on October 16, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/WireImage)
Stephanie Lowe and Phillip Schofield attend the ITV Palooza! held at The Royal Festival Hall on October 16, 2018. (Jeff Spicer/WireImage)

This Morning star Phillip Schofield has said he still feels ‘pretty confused’ about who he is after revealing he is gay earlier this year.

The presenter, who opened up about his sexuality on the ITV morning show in February, admits his head is still ‘just as muddy’ eight months on.

Talking to Fearne Cotton on her Happy Place podcast, the 58-year-old broadcaster said that despite his confusion he is “proud” of who he is.

He told Cotton: "I'm still learning what effects that has on my life and the life of those around me.

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"Do I know who I am? No. I think if I'm honest, looking you right in the eye now, I'd say I'm still pretty confused."

He went on to say that though his "head's just as muddy as it was before", he feels "no shame".

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He did say he was unhappy with any pain his revelation caused to those closest to him, including wife Steph and their daughters Ruby and Molly.

He said: "I'm happy with who I am, I'm not happy with the damage it causes.

"I know that I don't want to hurt anyone any more than I've already hurt them, but I also know that we are, us four, the same but different, and we're finding our way.”

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield present This Morning together. (ITV)
Holly Willoughby is Phillip Schofield's co-presenter on This Morning. (ITV)

Last month Schofield spoke more about his mental health on This Morning.

He told viewers: “Over the next few weeks, I will be talking quite a lot about my mental health and where my head has been in recent times.

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“It’s surprising, you know, how you think we’ve got a grip on everything, and then suddenly, your head takes you to dark and scary places.”

He added: “Steph, my wife at home, my girls, my family, and loved ones can be instrumental in helping.

“I realise that not everyone is as lucky as I am to have sympathetic ears to listen to people that even understand how you can help someone just by listening.”

Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast is available online now.

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