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Phillip Schofield picks up the items of his shattered life

It appeared an ideal option to have a good time a birthday as a husband and his spouse stepped out on a vivid spring morning, every carrying an lovable pet of their arms.

But for Phillip Schofield – who turned 62 on Easter Monday – there was no disguising the pained expression on his face as he continued to select up the items of his shattered life.

At his facet was loyal spouse Stephanie Lowe – the previous couple pictured collectively once more simply days after their thirty first wedding ceremony anniversary.

They cut up up 4 years in the past after Schofield publicly introduced he was homosexual.

Yet the couple stay married and Stephanie has stood by the fallen star in a exceptional present of devotion regardless of the devastating betrayal which might result in her husband’s downfall.

Then days after his departure last May, Schofield admitted to a relationship with a much younger male colleague and having lied about it to bosses - as well as his loved ones

Then days after his departure final May, Schofield admitted to a relationship with a a lot youthful male colleague and having lied about it to bosses – in addition to his family members

Phillip Schofield pictured with his wife Stephanie Lowe carrying puppies on his birthday

Phillip Schofield pictured along with his spouse Stephanie Lowe carrying puppies on his birthday

At present both he and Stephanie appear to have their hands full as they share the joys of looking after their matching chocolate brown cockapoo puppies

At current each he and Stephanie seem to have their fingers full as they share the fun of taking care of their matching chocolate brown cockapoo puppies

At his side was loyal wife Stephanie Lowe - the former couple pictured together again just days after their 31st wedding anniversary

At his facet was loyal spouse Stephanie Lowe – the previous couple pictured collectively once more simply days after their thirty first wedding ceremony anniversary

Just 12 months in the past Schofield was driving excessive as one in every of Britain’s highest profile TV celebrities incomes £730,000-a-year for fronting This Morning alongside Holly Willoughby and value a reputed £10 million.

In a well-publicised fall from grace, Schofield’s world fell aside in a single day when he dramatically stood down from the favored daytime present after 21 years.

It got here amid rising tensions between the presenters, who had confronted criticism after skipping a 20-hour queue to go to the late Queen’s mendacity in state, adopted by studies of a rising rift between them. Schofield had simply returned to the couch after taking day off air as his youthful brother Timothy, a civilian police employee, was convicted then jailed for a string of intercourse offences in opposition to a younger boy.

Then days after his departure final May, Schofield admitted to a relationship with a a lot youthful male colleague and having lied about it to bosses – in addition to his family members.

In the aftermath of the scandal Schofield – who had additionally introduced Dancing on Ice with Willoughby and racked up a collection of profitable promoting offers – was dropped as an envoy for the Prince’s Trust.

In an emotional TV interview Schofield admitted he had made ‘a grave error’ which had led to the top of his profession.

He advised the BBC: ‘I’ve to speak about tv prior to now tense, which breaks my coronary heart. I’ve misplaced every part.

Phillip Schofield and his wife Stephanie Lowe at a English National Opera's press night

Phillip Schofield and his spouse Stephanie Lowe at a English National Opera’s press evening

They split up four years ago after Schofield publicly announced he was gay

They cut up up 4 years in the past after Schofield publicly introduced he was homosexual

‘What am I going to do with my days? I see nothing forward of me however blackness, and unhappiness, and remorse, and regret, and guilt. I did one thing very flawed, after which I lied about it constantly.’

For Schofield it was the heartache he put Steph, 60, and their daughters Molly, 30, and Ruby, 27, by way of which appeared hardest to clarify.

He stated: ‘I had a beautiful marriage, have a beautiful marriage, though it is not sensible proper now, with an extremely supportive spouse and two great kids.’

Significantly, Schofield, continued to put on his wedding ceremony ring throughout the interview whereas confirming he and Stephanie ‘are separated however we’re very a lot collectively.’

Describing the second he confessed the affair to his spouse he stated: ‘Let’s simply say it was an extremely troublesome dialog. The most troublesome dialog I’ve ever needed to have together with her, and he or she is extraordinarily disillusioned as a result of I lied to her as effectively.’

Three years earlier, in February 2020, Schofield praised his ‘exceptional’ spouse after he introduced his sexuality stay from the This Morning couch.

He admitted after the revelation, that he knew he was homosexual when he tied the knot with Stephanie.

But he advised how he had been main the ‘good life’ as a married household man and stated he hadn’t needed something to get in the best way of their happiness.

Schofield stated: ‘Whatever was ”there” I believed, ”OK, no matter that is, you keep again as a result of I’m glad’.’

He added of his spouse: ‘Steph is my closest confidante. She’s been superb. I’ve no secrets and techniques from Steph.

Holly replaced Fern in 2009 and the pair became great friends. She went on to quit the show last October with Cat Deeley and Ben Shepherd stepping in as their full time replacements

Holly changed Fern in 2009 and the pair turned nice buddies. She went on to give up the present final October with Cat Deeley and Ben Shepherd stepping in as their full time replacements

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby hug as he comes out as gay on This Morning

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby hug as he comes out as homosexual on This Morning

‘We have been very truthful and sincere. She has recognized for some time. When you reside with somebody, you recognize these items, do not you?

‘We sat down and we talked after which she left me to have house. I do not know what it might have been like if I had a unique particular person in my life.

‘It has been a course of, we began having discussions and it was gradual. There isn’t any query she is a really exceptional particular person – the kindest, sweetest soul I may have probably met.’

Schofield stated he knew he had triggered his spouse nice ache saying: ‘That is what makes this so exhausting. Knowing you’re hurting the right particular person however I nonetheless love Steph as a lot as after we first met. More, most likely.’

He added in an Instagram submit: ‘Steph has been unbelievable – I like her so very a lot.

‘Both mine and Steph’s total households have surprised me with their love, prompt acceptance and help. Of course, they’re apprehensive about Steph, however I do know they are going to scoop us each up.’

Issuing her personal heartfelt assertion, Stephanie stated she supported her husband’s ‘courageous step’.

She wrote: ‘We have needed to face probably the most emotionally painful time in our 27 years of marriage. I like Phillip, as a lot right now as I ever have, and all the time will.’

Despite their separation, Schofield and his spouse remained shut and in April final yr even attended tv star Leigh Francis’s fiftieth party collectively.

When the affair emerged weeks later Stephanie was stated to be each livid and devastated.

Friends stated she had no concept he was in a relationship as a result of Schofield had all the time described the person as a good friend and colleague.

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby 'Dancing On Ice', February 2023

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby ‘Dancing On Ice’, February 2023

Schofield has not often been seen in public for the reason that scandal unfolded and has apparently been splitting his time between his London dwelling and a bolthole in Cornwall in addition to visiting the previous household dwelling in Oxfordshire.

Schofield and Stephanie have been photographed out and about with daughter Molly final November and it was reported they have been all planning to spend Christmas collectively as a household.

Last month it was reported that Stephanie had chosen to not file for divorce as she nonetheless cherished Schofield.

A supply advised OK! Magazine: ‘Whatever Phillip has accomplished behind Steph’s again, she nonetheless loves him. Even if the love they shared at first of their marriage is completely different to what it’s now, the love continues to be very a lot there.

‘Steph is, and all the time will likely be, Phillip’s help system. She hasn’t divorced him as a result of she does not wish to see him fall any additional.

‘Phil has triggered his spouse a whole lot of damage in current instances. But there is no denying, they nonetheless have a terrific friendship and share a whole lot of love.’

Schofield, who was born in Oldham, labored as a tea boy for the BBC earlier than starting his broadcasting profession in 1982 working in TV and radio in New Zealand.

He returned to the UK to work for the BBC – the place his enduring relationship with Stephanie started.

A fresh-faced Schofield was engaged on kids’s tv the place Stephanie was a BBC manufacturing assistant.

They had a fairytale wedding ceremony on the fifteenth century citadel Ackergill Tower within the Highlands.

The presenter went on to host ITV exhibits together with Schofield’s Quest earlier than touchdown the function as This Morning presenter in 2002 with Fern Britton.

Holly then changed Fern in 2009 and the pair turned nice buddies. She went on to give up the present final October with Cat Deeley and Ben Shepherd stepping in as their full time replacements final month.

Friends have advised how Schofield has stated not too long ago that he has been down and looking for ‘fulfilling’ methods to take pleasure in life away from the limelight.

While he’s ‘fairly sure’ he won’t ever work once more he has been tipped for a return to his ‘old flame’ of radio broadcasting.

At current each he and Stephanie seem to have their fingers full as they share the fun of taking care of their matching chocolate brown cockapoo puppies that are thought to come back from the identical litter.

And regardless of the future holds it appears virtually sure Stephanie will likely be backing Schofield all the best way.