Phillip Schofield revealed Tuesday that he has written a gay dating book, which will be released in October.
The presenter of This Morning, 58, released a statement in February on social media that after 27 years of marriage, he “accepts the fact that I’m gay.”
Speaking to Instagram to announce the release of his book titled Life’s What You Make It, Phil admitted he wrote the first line “When [he] was 14 and said it was a “deeply emotional” experience to write it.
Brief: Phillip Schofield to publish a “deeply emotional” autobiography on going out gay as he revealed via Instagram on Tuesday that he “wrote the front row at the age of 14”
In a video and its caption, Phil explained: “After being asked many times and after many years of wanting it, I wrote my autobiography.
“I wrote the first line of the book, in my head, when I was about 14 years old. It took me until 2017 to finally write the first chapter, then I stopped because the time had not come.
“It is certainly a work in progress! Over the years, I have taken notes on the stories and events in my life that I think would tell my story.
New Reading: Life’s What You Make It Book Is Released In October
Wrestling: In a video and caption, Phil explained that he was asked “several times” to write a brief, but that he felt “it was not the right time” when he wrote the first chapter in 2017
“Finally, in Lockdown, I knew that all the pieces of the puzzle had been put in place and I was ready to write – that and a new discovery … lots of free time!
“It was a fascinating experience, both immense and deeply emotional. Finally, after all these years, I am happy that it has gone from my head to the page.
Phil concluded by saying that he had been “honest” and “been me” in the autobiography as he urged his followers to pre-order the book.
Looking back: Phil continued: “Over the years, I have taken notes on the stories and events in my life that I think would tell my story”
Process: Phil added: “It was a fascinating experience, both immense and deeply emotional. Finally, after all these years, I’m glad it went from my head to the page ‘
In a choreographed follow-up to his statement on homosexuality in February, he took his place on the sofa This Morning in addition to co-host Holly Willoughby to further pour out his heart.
Writing on Instagram about his decision to go out, he said, “With the strength and support of my wife and daughters, I have accepted the fact that I am gay.
“My inner conflict contrasts with an outside world that has changed so much for the better. Right now, being gay is reason to celebrate and be proud.
Shock: Phillip surprised fans on February 7 when he posted a statement on social media that after 27 years of marriage he “accepts the fact that I’m gay”
He later admitted in a newspaper interview that it was too early to say whether he and Steph would remain married.
“It took me a long time to get here, I don’t rush to get to another place,” he said. “We will always be a family … And where the wind blows us, I don’t know. But I still love Steph as much as when we first met. Most likely.
Phillip is married to his wife Stephanie and the couple is the father of Molly, 27, and Ruby, 24.
The presenter had previously revealed that he led a “perfect life” after marrying and raising his two children, saying that he did not want to get in the way of his happiness.
But he said he was “naive” to think he could suppress his sexuality when he married Stéphanie 27 years ago, and he didn’t consider his sexuality because it was a “joyful moment” for him.
Phillip also admitted that he had struggled with depression while struggling with his sexuality, and even sought therapy to accept it, before deciding that he found it more useful to talk to friends in private.
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Support: in a choreographed follow-up, he took his place on the This Morning sofa in addition to co-host Holly Willoughby to further empty his heart