Throughout a candid interview with BBC’s Amol Rajan, Phillip Schofield, the previous host of This Morning, overtly mentioned his affair with a considerably youthful runner and the affect it has had on his psychological well-being.
Schofield, who abruptly resigned from the present final week, disclosed that he has been experiencing suicidal ideas and empathizes with how Caroline Flack felt earlier than her premature passing in 2020.
Schofield admitted that he had lied to ITV, his company YMU, colleagues, and buddies concerning the affair and that he was in a “mess” along with his personal sexuality on the time it occurred.
He additionally revealed that he had met the runner when he was simply 15 years outdated, however that their affair started when he was 20 and was all the time “consensual.”
“He had been working on the present for a number of months and we’d grow to be mates,” stated Schofield. “Then in my dressing room sooner or later, one thing occurred.”
Whereas some have accused Schofield of abusing his energy, he vehemently denied the allegation, saying that he and the runner have been “mates” and nonetheless are.
Schofield acknowledged that homophobia performed a task within the public’s response to the affair, stating, “If it was male-female then it wouldn’t be such a scandal.”
All through the interview, Schofield expressed concern for the runner’s welfare and revealed that he had engaged a lawyer to offer him with impartial help.
“The lie bought too massive for all of us. It was rising and rising and rising and crossed over from on-line to mainstream information,” he concluded.