A prominent television presenter, Phillip Schofield has announced he is gay after 27 of marriage.

The TV presenter, 57, broke down in tears as he talked about it with his ITV co-host and best friend Holly Willoughby. 

Phillip, who shares daughters Molly, 27, and Ruby, 24, with his wife, Steph, suffered 'inner conflict' and is now ready to 'celebrate and be proud' of his sexuality, yet insists he is not thinking about a new relationship.

'All you can be in your life is honest with yourself and I was getting to the point where I knew I wasn't honest with myself I didn't like myself very much, so when is the right time to do it? And you know as a family, you know it is the right time.'

Speaking about telling his daughters, he said: 'It wasn't easy [telling my daughters]. But they are so amazing in their love and support. They jumped up and gave me a hug, a big hug, a long hug...

'They hugged Steph and said, 'It's OK, this is fine.' We will always be a family. We'll always be that. My mum has been on the phone all morning, 'Hope you're OK.' I told her and she said, 'OK, I don't care.' And that's the same with everyone.'