British TV Star and personality, Philip Scoffield on Friday morning January 7th publicly came out as gay, paying tribute to his wife of 27 years for supporting him since he came out.
The announcement comes weeks before his 27th wedding anniversary with his wife he married in March, 1993.
Scoffield and his wife, Stephanie have two daughters together, Ruby, 24, and Molly, 27. He says his family has supported him since he revealed his sexual preference to them.
Fighting back tears, the presenter said he was aware of the “pain and upset” caused but that coming out has made him more free .
In a morning interview on ITV, he told his co-presenter Holly Willoughby : “It’s tough but this is not something that’s happened quickly, I’ve had to deal this in my head for quite some time.
“I got to the stage where I thought we sit here, every day, and some amazingly brave person is sitting over there and I’m thinking ‘I have to be that person’.
“All you can be in your life is honest with yourself. I was getting to a stage in my life where I was thinking I don’t really like myself because I’m not being honest with myself.
“We always say ‘talk to someone’… and you must talk to someone. It’s brought me back from some dark places and in some cases talking to people saves you.”
Few minutes before the TV interview, Scoffield posted on Instagram saying;
“With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to the terms with the fact that I am gay.”
“This is something that has caused many heart-breaking conversations at home. I have been married to Steph for nearly 27 years, and we have two beautiful grown-up daughters, Molly and Ruby.
“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.”