Phillip Schofield emotional as he reflects on coming out

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Phillip Schofield has been left visibly emotional after winning a British LGBT Award, with the This Morning presenter reflecting on coming out as gay.

Sharing a video message after winning the special recognition award at the event, Phillip said: ‘Wow, this is a biggie. What a proud moment for me.

‘I can’t tell you – I wish I was there to pick it up personally, I just threw a whole load of track and trace and masks into a bag and went to find some sun and then this happens. I wish I was there with you. I will be next year, I promise.

‘I’ve never won any award individually. Every award you win, there’s a team that’s there propping you up and definitely that’s the case with this one. I had the most extraordinary people who helped me pack the parachute before I made the jump.

‘Friends and family, loved ones, and then there were an amazing amount of rainbow arms outstretched to catch me when I reached the bottom of my jump. I love that, that’s something I didn’t quite know what to expect. But what a lovely family I’ve thrown myself into.’

The 59-year-old continued: ‘Thank you. Thank you very much indeed. Life is still a work in progress but aren’t we all? It’s been joyous to meet the people that I have, to have heard the lovely things they’ve said to me, and to share a moment like this with you.

‘As I said, I wish I was there. I’m sorry I’m not but I am enormously proud. Thank you.’

The event celebrates the role models and organisations which work to better the lives of LGBT people.

Stars including Adam Lambert, Cara Delevingne, Andrew Scott, Demi Lovato, Elliot Page, Gillian Anderson, Jameela Jamil, RuPaul Charles, Tan France, and Willow Smith are nominated for an award.

Phillip came out last year, thanking his wife Stephanie for her support. The pair share two daughters, Molly and Ruby.

He said at the time: ‘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. Yet I still can’t sleep and there have been some very dark moments.’

He continued: ‘My inner conflict contrasts with an outside world that has changed so very much for the better. Today, quite rightly, being gay is a reason to celebrate and be proud. Yes, I am feeling pain and confusion, but that only comes from the hurt I am causing for my family.

‘Steph has been incredible – I love her so very much. She is the kindest soul that I have ever met. My girls have been astonishing in their love, hugs and encouraging and words of comfort. Both mine and Steph’s entire families have stunned me with their love, instant acceptance and support. Of course they are worried about Steph, but I know they will scoop us both up.’

Phil then praised This Morning and Dancing On Ice co-host Holly Willoughby, saying: ‘My friends are the best, especially Holly, who has been so kind and wise – and who has hugged me as I sobbed on her shoulder. At ITV, I couldn’t hope to work with more wonderful, supportive teams.’

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