Phillip Schofield's 'breakdown' coming out as gay forced him off This Morning ...

PHILLIP SCHOFIELD suffered a meltdown due to the pressure of keeping his "secret" that he is gay, forcing his co-star Holly Willoughby to present This Morning alone.

PUBLISHED: 08:30, Thu, Oct 15, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:47, Thu, Oct 15, 2020

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This Morning host Phillip Schofield put out a statement on Instagram announcing that he was gay back in February. The ITV veteran has been married to his wife Stephanie Lowe for 27 years and the couple share two daughters together; Ruby and Molly.

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The 58-year-old has now detailed his agony of dealing with the turmoil over his sexuality, saying he almost had a "total breakdown".

Phillip opened up about two different occasions where he decided to leave This Morning because he couldn't cope.

The star had a meltdown on the way to ITV Studios and even got his driver to take him home.

A second time the presenter ran off screen to be sick.

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Phillip Schofield's 'breakdown' coming out as gay forced him off showPhillip Schofield's 'breakdown' coming out as gay forced him off show (Image: GETTY/WENN)

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are presenters on This MorningPhillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are presenters on This Morning (Image: ITV)

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Both incidents forced Phillip to recognise that he had to let the world know.

In a new book, he wrote: “I had to come out. If I didn’t, the secret was going to give me a total breakdown... at best.

“You’re f*****g up everything and everyone and there’s no way to stop it.”

The ITV star continued in his autobiography Life What's You Make It, that he was “emotionally, fundamentally scared” for the first time, and said his thoughts started to affect his job.

This Morning host Phillip Schofield and his wife Stephanie Lowe have been married for 27 yearsThis Morning host Phillip Schofield and his wife Stephanie Lowe have been married for 27 years (Image: GETTY)

Phillip revealed the moment he couldn't go to work because the pressure became too much.

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