This morning’s presenter gave a fan of middle-aged emoji after many wondered if his male companion was his new love interest.
The daytime TV star went gay earlier this year after being married to Steph for almost 27 years and raised two grown daughters Ruby and Molly.
Phillip has yet to release a boyfriend, but he has cheered for fans saying that the identity of his walking companion was his new lover.
Among the swarm, a cheeky follower wrote: “Mate, that’s what they call it these days. “
Next to the middle man’s emoji, he wrote: “Yes! Companion! They’re what they still call family friends you’ve known for 20 years and come to check if you agree. “
Initially, Phillip introduced the man in the photo as a “companion” and the last person he had drunk “before the wheels fell.”
In the socially distant selfie, Phillip smiled at the close-up camera while his friend posed two yards behind him in green space.
He wrote: “First socially distant walk with a companion!
“Thank you … last person I had a drink with before the wheels fell, I first saw that we are trying to tie them up!” “
Phillip explained that Simon was a 20-year-old family friend.
They have also worked together in recent years.
In 2016, Simon indicated on his LinkedIn page that he was the producer of the production company The Knights Of Music in which Phillip played.
Phillip ventured out of his family home for the afternoon in the sun with his friend.
This comes after Boris Johnson began to relax the lockout rules and people were allowed to see someone outside their home as long as they kept a distance of two meters in a public place.
After weeks of silence, it emerged that Phillip had been isolated in his family home in Oxfordshire.
Phillip and Steph have remained friendly since their separation because his wife said she would always love him when she publicly supported him as gay.
He was in great company with his wife Steph and their two adult daughters.
The television star was forced to deny allegations that he broke the rules after being seen moving into his new London apartment during the lockout.