Phillip Schofield breaks down in tears as he discusses friendship with Holly Willoughby after coming out

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Phillip Schofield has broken down in tears as he discussed his friendship with Holly Willoughby in an emotional new interview.

The 58 year old, who came out as gay in February, has credited Holly for helping him come to terms with his sexuality and being a pillar of support to him as he announced the news live on This Morning.

He has recently opened up on their bond as he promoted his new memoir Life's What You Make It, but has now spoken more on their friendship as he spoke with long term pal Chris Evans.

The Million Pound Cube host Phillip welled up when he was asked about their connection, telling 54 year old Chris: "Holly has been astonishing.

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"Literally, the best mate… She's serene and calming and sensible and balanced. Not just for me but also for [his wife] Steph."

Chris became emotional himself as he told Phillip that he didn't recognise him the last time they met because of his plummeting weight.

He said: "Holly gave me a look and I thought – hmm – something's going on here – you looked like a little old man, because there was nothing of you."

Phillip emotionally responded: "You disappear inside yourself, and that's when you're lost. All you're doing is thinking about whatever it is that's on your mind.

"I say you have to talk, even if you're not a talker, even if it's not something that you do. If you are in trouble you can't do it on your own and it will eat you up. That was what saved me – talking out loud.

"I just wasn't me anymore. I lost me. And I still haven't found me, if I'm honest. I've tried all the way through this – writing the book – and the few interviews that I'm doing – to be as honest as I possibly can be.

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"And I don't know that I've necessarily found me yet. And I think it's okay for me to look."I have recently found myself finding it easier to laugh more – it's always funny with Holly, we always have a laugh. But you think – oh that feels nice to laugh, that feels better. So finding me is the goal for the moment."

When asked if he knew his public revelation would save lives, Phillip candidly admitted: "No. It was only after that I realised.

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"Because my head probably got very very selfish. I thought a lot about me… I got lost very much in the darkness of my own head so I didn't think about the wider consequences.

"I was concerned for family, I was concerned for the job, how will people see me, are they going to look at me differently… Actually last night someone messaged me and said, you saved my life and you made it okay."

Explaining what it felt like to be on the edge, Phillip concluded: "Just: 'I don't know whether I want to be here anymore'. And that's a frightening place to be, but I think I was very, very lucky that I had Steph."

Listen to The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio weekdays at 6:30am.

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