Phillip Schofield statement in full: Every word disgraced ITV star had to say after sensationally admitting affair
By Ben Chapman
Published: 26/05/2023- 19:09
Phillip Schofield has admitted to having a relationship with a much younger man in a sensational statement.
The individual in question worked as a runner for the presenter on This Morning while the pair enjoyed a relationship.
Schofield was still married to his wife of 30 years and mother of his two children, Stephanie Lowe, while the relationship took place.
He told the Daily Mail that he had struck up a relationship with the individual which was “unwise but not illegal”.
Phillip Schofield announced his resignation from This Morning on social mediaPA
Schofield also confessed to lying about the relationship to ITV, his colleagues, friends and talent agency YMU.
The broadcaster apologised to the Mail on Sunday, who had published the story earlier this month, in a statement.
It reads: “I am making this statement via the Daily Mail to whom I have already apologised personally for misleading, through my lawyer who I also misled, about a story which they wanted to write about me a few days ago.
“The first thing I want to say is: I am deeply sorry for having lied to them, and to many others about a relationship that I had with someone working on This Morning. 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.
“When I chose to come out I did so entirely for my own wellbeing. Nobody 'forced' me out. Neither I nor anyone else, to my knowledge, has ever issued an injunction, super or otherwise, about my relationship with this colleague, he was never moved on or sacked by or because of me.
“In an effort to protect my ex-colleague I haven't been truthful about the relationship. But my recent, unrelated, departure from This Morning fuelled speculation and raised questions which have been impacting him, so for his sake it is important for me to be honest now.
“I am painfully conscious that I have lied 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. I am so very, very sorry, as I am for having been unfaithful to my wife.
'I have therefore decided to step down from the British Soap Awards, my last public commitment, and am resigning from ITV with immediate effect expressing my immense gratitude to them for all the amazing opportunities that they have given me. I will reflect on my very bad judgement in both participating in the relationship and then lying about it.
“To protect his privacy, I am not naming this individual and my deepest wish is that both he and his family can now move on with their lives free from further intrusion, and that this statement will enable them to do so. I ask the media now to respect their privacy. They have done nothing wrong, and I ask that their privacy should be respected.”
Schofield has also quit ITV altogether, and he will not be presenting the British Soap Awards next week, despite having the role since 2006.
He also parted ways with his management team YMU after 35 years.