Man Inspired To Come Out To His Mum After Phillip Schofield's Announcment
After Phillip Schofield's announcement this morning, it turns out that a This Morning viewer has considered coming out to their mother after living with their male partner for 10 years.
Phillip revealed that he was gay with an emotional Instagram post, before he discussed the news on the show with co-star and close friend Holly Willoughby. They were later joined by Ruth and Eamonn.
During a phone in to resident agony aunt Dear Diedre, Ruth and Eamonn spoke to a caller who went by the name of 'Reece', whose voice was disguised.
Reece said he was struggling about whether to tell his mum or not, after she had previously told him she was against it.
'Reece' said: "Thank you so much it's so nice that Phil has come on This Morning, it's so amazing what he's done.
"I turned the telly on this morning and watched it and I started crying it touched my heard. For the last ten years I've been living with my partners, I was 22 when I got with him. I live my life a lie.
"I can recall a time, when my mum said to me if you are ever gay just don't ever tell me I don't want to know, and that broke my heart.
"Doing this on television live TV is difficult but what Phil has done it's kind of gone well, just be who you are.
"I've been wanting to tell my mum for years, just saying them words I'm gay accept for who I am please, it's so hard. That was the main factor of the whole thing."
Deidre responded: "Think again about whether you can tell your mum, sometimes parents move on with their views.
"You may find it helps you find the words to talk to your mum, but also to help parents understand that's prejudice getting in the way, it changes nothing, it's part of them and it's so important for children to be accepted for their whole personality."
Ruth added: "I just think it would be sad for your mum and dad to pass away or for you and it's never been said, and I'll only say from experience from people I know.
"Often the older generation who they think is going to reject most are the most accepting. She might surprise, often people get softer as they get older."
Phil, who has been married to his wife Steph for 27 years, said that he wants people to be 'kind to his family.'
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