Phillip Schofield struggles to hold back tears as he praises Netflix's LGBTQ+ drama Heartstopper

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He came out as gay in February 2020 following his 29-year marriage to wife Steph.

And Phillip Schofield, 60, struggled to hold back tears on Thursday’s This Morning as he met the stars of Netflix’s new LGBTQ+ show Heartstoppers. 

The coming-of-age drama, about two teenage boys falling in love, stars actors Joe Locke and Kit Connor who appeared on the ITV show to promote the new series.

Tears: Phillip Schofield, 60, struggled to hold back tears on Thursday's This Morning as he met the stars of Netflix's new LGBTQ+ show Heartstopper

Tears: Phillip Schofield, 60, struggled to hold back tears on Thursday’s This Morning as he met the stars of Netflix’s new LGBTQ+ show Heartstopper

Praising the heart-warming drama, alongside Holly Willoughby, the emotional host said: ‘There were good friends, There were understanding families’.

‘It’s the world that you want it to be, you want that friendship group, you want that acceptance, in every school and life’.  

‘There’s no question that not everyone who has these internal views is going to get such a positive reaction.’

Love story: Actors Nick Nelson (L) and Joe Locke (R) pictured in character on the Netflix show

Love story: Actors Nick Nelson (L) and Joe Locke (R) pictured in character on the Netflix show

Aww: Praising the drama, alongside Holly Willoughby, the emotional host said:'There were good friends, There were understanding families'

Aww: Praising the drama, alongside Holly Willoughby, the emotional host said: ‘There were good friends, There were understanding families’

Lovely: Philip told Joe (L) and Nick (R)'It's the world that you want it to be, you want that friendship group, you want that acceptance, in every school and life'

Lovely: Philip told Joe (L) and Nick (R) ‘It’s the world that you want it to be, you want that friendship group, you want that acceptance, in every school and life’

Streaming now on Netflix and also starring Oscar winner Olivia Colman, the series is based on the graphic novel by Alice Oseman.

Netflix’s official synopsis reads: ‘When gentle Charlie and rugby-loving Nick meet at secondary school, they quickly discover that their unlikely friendship is blossoming into an unexpected romance.

‘Charlie, Nick and their circle of friends must navigate the ever-relatable journey of self discovery and acceptance, supporting each other as they learn to find their most authentic selves.’

Big names: Streaming now on Netflix and also starring Oscar winner Olivia Colman, the series is based on the graphic novel by Alice Oseman

Big names: Streaming now on Netflix and also starring Oscar winner Olivia Colman, the series is based on the graphic novel by Alice Oseman 

Young Love: The show is a coming of age drama that sees two teenage boys fall in love at a Grammar School

Young Love: The show is a coming of age drama that sees two teenage boys fall in love at a Grammar School

On 7 February 2020, Phillip, then aged 57. shared a coming out statement on Instagram before appearing on This Morning to discuss his news with his co-host and best friend Holly, during which he broke down in tears.    

Looking back on the moment, Phillip admitted that there was ‘an element of selfishness’ when coming out the way he did as he was ‘protecting’ himself in a way, but he failed to realise the positive effective that this would have on those watching.

When asked if the warm response from his coming out is reflective of more tolerant times, Phillip said he ‘hoped so’.  

He added: ‘What I will say in addition to what I have said before… the side-effect of what I did took me by surprise. Because when you do something like that, there’s an element of selfishness when you are protecting yourself. 

‘[But] I suddenly realised, and it was highlighted through lockdown, the number of people who said, ‘You just saved my life. What you did has saved me…’

The TV personality added that the help people had wasn’t necessarily a ‘sexuality thing’, but added that he’d been contacted by those who’ve had drink or gambling problems and had ‘sought help’ thanks to his bravery.  

He went on: ‘Whatever the issue, “I took strength in what you did and I have spoken to someone.” I have spent time talking to people and talking them off the ledge. I am not a therapist, but at least I could be a little more insightful about what I did. It’s a good thing to have come out of it all.’ 

During the chat, Phillip also told how the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdowns, the first of which occurred just a moment after him publicly announcing his sexuality, made him put everything into perspective.   

Discussing how his revelation was overshadowed by something ‘much more important’, Phillip told how the timing was perhaps a ‘good thing’ as it allowed him to ‘look at the world’ and realise there were ‘bigger things’ happening than what was going on in his head. 

Commenting on his friend’s support, he added that he felt ‘lucky’ to have been able to continue working through the pandemic and have his pal Holly by his side to give him ‘therapy’ throughout it.

Phil went on to add that he never imagined broadcasting through something as monumental as the pandemic. 

Phillip, who shares daughters Molly and Ruby with his wife, spoke on This Morning about his battles with keeping his secret and the relief of coming out.  

Brave: Phillip publicly came out as gay in 2020 - and shared an emotional moment with Holly Willoughby in the studio

Brave: Phillip publicly came out as gay in 2020 – and shared an emotional moment with Holly Willoughby in the studio

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