PUBLISHED: 15:47, Sun, Oct 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:51, Sun, Oct 18, 2020
Lorraine Kelly, 60, spoke candidly about her ITV colleague Phillip Schofield, 58. It comes after the This Morning presenter 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.
Lorraine praised her colleague for his "work ethic" but revealed the moment she was admittedly "left in shock".
The Scottish-born presenter revealed when she saw Phillip last year he appeared "utterly exhausted".
Lorraine explained: "I worked with Phillip Schofield for a couple of years on This Morning and he was a delight – a consummate professional and a truly generous co-host.
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Lorraine Kelly 'knew something was badly wrong' with Phillip Schofield (Image: WENN/ITV)
This Morning host Phillip Schofield pictures with his wife Stephanie Lowe and children (Image: GETTY)
"I have always admired his work ethic, but I was shocked at the end of last year to see him looking thin, careworn and utterly exhausted."
The ITV star admitted she knew things had gone "badly wrong" after he didn't turn up to the studios one day for work.
"When he didn’t turn up for work one day, it was clear something was badly wrong," Lorraine continued in her column to The Sun.
"What the rest of the world didn’t know was that he was fighting a highly personal battle and almost going under."
Phillip Schofield came out as gay on This