Phillip Schofield ADMITS affair with young This Morning colleague while he was still married: Host met man when he was a teen, lied to cover up ‘on-off’ fling but says it was ‘not illegal’ – and has resigned ALL his ITV jobs including the Soap Awards
Phillip Schofield has sensationally admitted to having a relationship with a much younger man who worked with him on This Morning, and later lying about it to the Mail on Sunday.
In a statement to the Daily Mail, the television presenter admitted that he and the man struck up a relationship which was more than a friendship – something Schofield describes as ‘unwise but not illegal.’
The relationship took place while he was still married wife of 30 years, Stephanie Lowe, the mother of his two daughters – Ruby and Molly.
He also confessed that he lied about the relationship to ITV, his colleagues, friends and his agents at YMU. He also lied to The Mail on Sunday, the newspaper that published the story earlier this month, and apologised profusely today.
His mea culpa 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 also revealed that he has quit ITV altogether despite the channel saying they had given him a prime time show to present.
He also confirmed that he will not be presenting the British Soap Awards next week – a role he has had since 2006.
He also parted company with his management team YMU after 35 years.
Mary Bekhait, the Group CEO of YMU Group, said: ‘Honesty and integrity are core values for YMU’s whole business, defining everything we do. Talent management is a relationship based entirely on trust.
‘This week, we have learned important new information about our client Phillip Schofield. These facts contradicted what Phillip had previously told YMU, as well as the external advisors we had brought in to support him.
‘As a result, on Thursday we agreed to part company with Phillip, with immediate effect.’