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Phillip Schofield has responded to reports he is set to divorce his wife Stephanie Lowe after 27 years together.
This Morning star Phillip, 58, came out as gay in February this year and was rumoured to have “mooted” the word divorce.
But the TV presenter has now insisted he and Stephanie, who he shares daughters Ruby and Molly with, have not discussed the topic “at all”.
Sparking on the Chris Evans podcast, How To Wow, Phillip set the record straight.
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He said: “I'm still married to Steph. There is a great deal of talk of divorce – we have not discussed that at all.”
Chris then asked: “How long will the wedding ring stay on for?”
To which Phillip replied: “That is a very good question Chris. I don't know. Because I am still married to Steph.
“There is a great deal of talk of divorce – we have not discussed that at all.”
The TV star, who recently shocked Holly as he shared plans to quit This Morning, continued: “With divorce…that has not been discussed. We are picking our way through and however that works and it's a work in progress.
“I am a work in progress. Steph is a work in progress.”
He added: “It is not in my nature to hurt people and so I have to reconcile myself with the fact that I have done that. Indeed I have done that and I tried very hard not to.
“I also say, is it possible to come out and not hurt your wife? No of course it isn't.
“My greatest concern is that she is okay,” he insisted.
Phillip candidly came out as gay earlier this year with the support of his onscreen bestie, Holly Willoughby.
And he has since praised the 39 year old’s friendship in a tearful moment on the Million Pound Cube with his friend Chris Evans.
He said: “Holly has been astonishing. 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.
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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, who recently released his autobiography Life’s What You Make It, 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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