…By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media.
Phillip Schofield has disclosed the final message he sent to his former best friend and This Morning co-host, Holly Willoughby, as their famous friendship crumbled in the aftermath of his scandal.
Schofield admitted to having an affair with a much younger colleague during their time on the show.
Deep Regret and Emotional Turmoil: Schofield’s Personal Struggles Unveiled
In two interviews, Schofield revealed that he texted Willoughby when news of the scandal broke but received no response.
He expressed his deep remorse, stating, “The last time we had a conversation was when I texted Holly and said, ‘Don’t reply’—this was after the statement last week—’Don’t reply, you’re probably not allowed to, but I am deeply, deeply sorry that I lied to you.
And I am.
It was the one secret in our sanctuary that was never mentioned.’”
Schofield admitted to living moment by moment, fearing public backlash and experiencing immense emotional turmoil.
Profound Impact and Loss: Schofield’s Struggles with the Fallout
The former This Morning presenter, aged 61, previously acknowledged losing everything as a consequence of the affair and described its catastrophic effect on his mental well-being.
In a recent interview with The Sun, Schofield confessed, “I do not know a time I will be able to walk out of the door.
I don’t have any spirit.
My friends tell me, ‘It will get better.’
Not this one.
” Despite his current hardships, he expressed gratitude for his daughters and friends, who offer support during these challenging times.
Professional Fallout and Personal Reflection
Last week, Schofield resigned from ITV and was dropped by his talent agency YMU after admitting to the relationship, which he described as “unwise but not illegal.”
In his first interviews since leaving the broadcaster and This Morning, Schofield revealed feeling utterly broken and ashamed.
However, he vehemently denied accusations of grooming the other person involved.
Speaking to the BBC’s Amol Rajan, he credited his daughters, Ruby and Molly, for being his guardians and preventing him from feeling alone.
He raised the concern that people who write hurtful comments fail to recognize the impact on the person at the receiving end, emphasizing the need for empathy.