PHILLIP Schofield says he came out to wife Steph’s parents as he made Christmas dinner – today revealing the kind words his father-in-law sent him after the bombshell.
The This Morning presenter, 58, was celebrating the festive period with his in-laws when he decided to reveal the truth.
The Million Pound Cube host was making Christmas dinner at the time when his mother-in-law Jill paid him a kind compliment saying he was the "perfect man".
The telly favourite could not accept the kind words and decided to open up to Jill and Phil's father-in-law John about his sexuality.
Phil came out live on the ITV show in February, with the support of his wife of 27 years, Stephanie Lowe, 56, and daughters Molly 27, and Ruby, 24.
Speaking on the Chris Evans podcast How To Wow, Phil explained: "Just before Christmas, well during Christmas, I was cleaning – I clean, when I'm stressed, I tidy up – so I was cleaning a surface at Christmas, wiping it down and Jill, my wonderful mother-in-law, said, 'You are the perfect man, you know'.
"And I just said, 'No Jill, no I'm not', but it was the sweetest thing to say. So yeah, big support from them."
"As long as Steph's OK we don't have a problem."
Phillip revealed the heartwarming message he received from John shortly after revealing the truth.
Phil said: "Then you text him back, 'Thank you so much, Captain, I'm so very deeply sorry to disappoint you.'"
To which John replied: "Nothing to be sorry for here son so cheer up!"
He added: "I couldn't have wanted anything else really."
Phillip recently said that his late dad would have been proud of him for coming out as gay in his emotional This Morning interview.
The popular telly star told how he asked his mum Pat, 84, what his father, Brian, would have made of the brave moment.
Phillip said: "That's like a grenade going off in my head.
"When I went down to Cornwall when I told my mum, I said, 'What do you think dad would have said? Would he still be proud?'
"Thankfully she said, 'Yes… he'll think you're brave and he will always be proud of you.' So that is good… My dad was one of the kindest, sweetest, most lovely people ever."
Phillip recently said he came out as gay to "save himself" after being tortured by the secret.
He opened up about his decision to come out in February, saying things had got "that dark" in his head.
Phillip also revealed he visited his mother in Cornwall after she grew concerned about his stress-induced weight loss.
Speaking on Ireland's The Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy, he said: "I had long conversations with Steph [his wife], we talked about it a lot.
"It was really beginning to trip me up, mess with my head.
"It started off with a little bit of confusion, then my head managed to turn it into something really big, scary and dark. Steph and I went through that together."
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