The 61-year-old presenter, who co-hosted the daytime ITV show with Holly Willoughby, departed from the programme in May 2023 and issued the following statement: "I did have a consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague at This Morning.
"Contrary to speculation, whilst I met the man when he was a teenager and was asked to help him to get into television, it was only after he started to work on the show that it became more than just a friendship. That relationship was unwise, but not illegal. It is now over," he said of the liaison.
He went on to explain that he had lied about the relationship to everyone, "including to my employers at ITV, to my colleagues and friends, to my agents, to the media and therefore the public and most importantly of all to my family."
Phillip's family have not yet broken their silence following the TV star's fall from grace.
Here is everything you need to know about Phillip's wife Stephanie Lowe…
Who is Stephanie Lowe and how did she meet Phillip Schofield?
Stephanie Lowe and Phil met while both working at the BBC, when he was working on children's television and she as a production assistant. The couple got married at Scotland's Ackergill Tower in 1993 and celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in 2018.
Has Stephanie Lowe ever been on TV?
The This Morning host and his wife appeared in a TV series in 2017 called Schofield's South African Adventure, where the couple explored South Africa, sampling local culture. It was the couple's first debut television appearance together.
Since then, we have seen Stephanie appear on Phillip's show How To Spend Well At Christmas, where the pair test out products that could make fantastic Christmas gifts right from their Oxfordshire home. Speaking to Christine Lampard on Lorraine, Phil said of his wife: "She worked in television years ago, that was how we met, so she can do it, she just doesn't want to these days."
Who are Phillip Schofield and Stephanie Lowe's children?
The couple have two children together. Their eldest daughter, Molly, is 30, and their youngest, Ruby, is 27. They both use their mother's surname.
In Phillip's statement back in 2020, when he came out as gay, he revealed his children have been a constant support: "My family have held me so close: they have tried to cheer me up, to smother me with kindness and love, despite their own confusion."
He added: "My girls have been astonishing in their love, instant acceptance and support."
On This Morning, Phil spoke about the moment he told his children about being gay: "They are so amazing in their love and support. I told them and they gave me a big hug and said 'it's ok, it's ok, it's ok'"
Are Phillip and Stephanie still together?
Phillip and Stephanie have not yet confirmed the status of their relationship following his allegations of infidelity.
Phillip still wore his wedding ring as recently as January 2023. In an interview on Chris Evans' podcast, he revealed: "I'm still married to Steph. With divorce... we've not discussed that at all.
Philip praised his wife's love and support following his coming out as gay in 2020. After sharing his personal news on the This Morning sofa, Phillip went on to share a statement to his Instagram Story.
Speaking about his wife of 30 years, he said: "Steph has been incredible - I love her so very much. She is the kindest soul I have ever met."
In a conversation with his This Morning co-star Holly, he spoke about how his wife is dealing with the news: "It's tough. This is not something that's happened quickly... She's amazing. There's no one in my life that would have supported me as a wife... she's astonishing."
Back in 2020 Stephanie told The Sun: "I love Phillip, as much today as I ever have, and always will.
"We’ve been awestruck by the strength and love of our precious girls, even as they’ve been trying to make sense of it all for themselves. Our family have also been so supportive and will help us going forward.
"Although this is difficult for us all, I support Phillip in taking this brave step. I will still be there, holding his hand. Everyone should be proud to live their own truth."
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