“It’s funny because all of you I’ve spoken to have all been so supportive and so loving and caring.
“And my whole one-person family grabbed us and told us it’s OK, it’s OK, we love you, we’re proud of you.
“And every person that I talk to gets a little lighter and a little lighter but at the same time, you know, I made this decision which is essential for me and essential for my head and it is mainly the decision for which I did this.
“Of course I’m really very aware that Steph and the girls are at home watching this and we’re all together, and we’ve spent a lot of time together, we spend a lot of time together obviously.
“And they supported us as we got to this point and we all knew it was going to happen.
A pillar of support: TV presenter Phillip Schofield on ITV This Morning speaks with Holly Willoughby today about his announcement that he is gay
“So, yeah, I mean I feel a little lighter, but I’m also very aware, there’s no question that it causes pain and it causes upheaval. I have no secrets. We never had any secrets. Tough, it’s tough, but it’s not something that happened quickly. I had to deal with this in my head for a while.
“We went through it together and we were honest and open. Steph, like I said, I can’t write in any statement how I feel about these women.
“She’s amazing, she’s amazing. There is no one in my life who would have supported me as much, as a wife, as she has supported me. She is amazing, literally amazing.
“That’s a good question (why now). You know this has bothered me for a very long time and I think everyone does these things at their own pace, at their own time, when they feel the time is right.
“I have no secrets”: full transcript of Phillip Schofield’s interview with Holly Willoughby on This Morning
“And there’s no doubt that lately it’s been consuming my head and becoming a problem in my head.
“And so I got to the point where I thought we were sitting here every day, and I’m over there and an incredibly brave and amazing person is sitting here, and I’m listening to their story and I’m like ‘oh my God. , you ‘you are so brave, oh my god you are so brave ”.
“And I’m like, ‘I have to be that person, I have to be that person.’ I believe that all that you can be in your life is honest with yourself. I was getting to the point where I knew I wasn’t being honest with myself, I was getting to the point where I didn’t like myself very much because I was not being honest with myself.
“So when is the right time, when is the right time to do it?” And with the family, it’s a good time.
“There are people in the world, there are people in this country, there will be people watching this, and we always say talk to someone, and believe me, believe me, when we say this and we say it a lot about it show, you have to talk to someone, you have to talk to someone, I have and it helped a lot.
“And it brought me back – I mentioned those dark places in the statement – talking to people brings you back.” And in some cases, talking to people saves you. You have to discuss it, with my friends, with my family, with my wife, we have discussed it – and we have to talk about it.
“It’s my decision, it’s absolutely my decision. It was something I knew I had to do. And I don’t know what the world will be like now – I don’t know how it will be taken, or what people will think.
He said: “But at the same time, I’m going to sit here and say that I’m actually proud of myself today. And I’m proud of myself today ‘
“But would I say yes, I am very aware of the injury, and so my dominant emotion with my family is obviously going to be guilt, because I feel guilty that it can only be a painful process for them. .
But at the same time, I’m going to sit here and say that I’m actually proud of myself today. And I’m proud of myself today. It wasn’t easy but they (my daughters) were, they are so amazing in their love and support.
“I sat them down and I told them and they jumped and they gave me a hug, a big hug, a long hug, and then they hugged Steph and they said it’s alright, it’s gonna be alright well, we’ll always be a family, always the four of us, that’s what we always call each other. We will always be that.
“It was the same with my mom, my mom is watching this today. She’s on the phone this morning – hope you’re okay. I went down to see her, she’s in Cornwall, and I went down to see her. And I told her and she said ‘oh, okay, well, I don’t care’ – and it’s the same with everyone.
“No, I don’t think about it (thinking about future relationships) – I don’t think about it. I am doing every day at a time now, it’s always been a slow process and there is no quick process after that.
It was the big day and it was the day I knew everything was pointing at me and I couldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for you. So afterwards I don’t know, but no, there is no one there, I am not rushing towards anyone.
His side of the story: Phillip was open and honest during the appearance in which he chatted with his good friend