Phillip Schofield reveals what helped him with self-acceptance after coming out as gay

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Phillip Schofield, 58, and Holly Willoughby, 39, were joined by author Charlie Mackesy on This Morning today. The latter shared details about his hugely successful book The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.

It’s helped me

Phillip Schofield

The presenter told the author reading the book has helped him “big time” in recent months.

The book explores the friendship between four creatures who represent “different parts of the same person”.

Charlie describes his top-selling book, released back in October, as finding ”the courage to love yourself”.

“It’s helped me, Charlie, I can’t tell you [how much],” Phillip admitted.


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Charlie replied: “Has it?”

Nodding his head, Phil replied: “Big time,” but didn’t go into detail.

He then turned the conversation back onto Charlie, adding: “You say that the biggest journey in life is the internal one. Explain that.”

He replied: “I think the journey into self-acceptance, the courage to speak the truth of who you are, to love yourself, to love others.

“It’s that whole journey into the truth of who we are, and to love in a kind accepting way.”

Phil went on to say: “One of the biggest reactions was between the boy and the horse.”

Reading from the book, he added: “What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever said, ‘Help,’ said the horse.”

The author and illustrator continued: “Help is not seen as macho but, I think, to have the courage to ask for help when you’re struggling is a really brave thing to do.”

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Back in February, Phil came out as gay after 27 years of marriage to his wife Stephanie Lowe.

It is believe the pair remain as a couple and still live together with their two daughters Molly and Ruby.

After making his admission on Instagram and later on This Morning, the host admitted he had read a self-help book.

The book titled The Velvet Rage, details “the pain of growing up gay in a straight man’s world”.


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A fan tweeted Phil, recommending he should read the book for help.

But, the presenter revealed he had already read it, as he replied: “Thank you so much… I’ve read the book already lol x.”

The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World is written by American psychologist Alan Downs.

This Morning continues tomorrow at 10am on ITV.

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