Phillip Schofield doesn't know if he'll ever work on TV again and feels he's 'lost everything'
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Phillip Schofield has revealed that he ‘doesn’t know if he’ll ever work on TV again’ and feels he’s ‘lost everything’.
After ending his 21-year tenure with This Morning, the television host disclosed he had an affair with a young former male colleague while still married to his wife.
His long-time ITV co-host Holly Willoughby also issued a statement after the news broke, revealing how ‘hurt’ she was for Schofield deceiving her about the affair.
“It’s taken time to process yesterday’s news,” she penned over the weekend.
"When reports of this relationship first surfaced, I asked Phil directly if this was true and was told it was not.
"It’s been very hurtful to now find out that this was a lie."
Schofield has now sat down with The BBC, sharing with the outlet that he is ‘utterly broken’.
“I am in a very bad way. Mentally, utterly, utterly broken,” he told the outlet.
“And if it hadn’t been for my girls last week I wouldn’t be here.”
He added upon learning he had been kicked by The King’s Trust, he was ‘heart broken’.
“I’ve lost everything. It’s all gone. Telly was my safe space, the one thing I loved. Now I don’t know if I will ever work on telly again,” he continued.
“I don’t know what my identity is any more. I don’t know who I am now. What happens in six months time? What am I going to do?
"I have the rest of my life now to try and plan for Steph and the girls, and hope that I can look after them.”
In a separate interview with The Sun, the television personality said that while he is 'ashamed', he claimed he didn’t ‘groom’ the young man.
He added that the relationship was ‘consensual’ and ‘mutual’.
“At the time I did not think about it possibly ruining my career. I really probably only thought about it when I saw the rumour mill, and saw it growing," he told The Sun.
He insists he didn't lie about the affair to 'protect' his career and certainly didn't want the UK media to be looking into the man's life.
However, he admits the lies 'grew bigger and bigger' and it got out of control.
Schofield says his biggest apology for the whole scandal goes to the man he had an affair with.
The teen asked Schofield for a job in TV when they met, and he later arranged an interview for him.
It ultimately led to him serving as a production assistant at ITV when he turned 18, shortly before the affair began.