Phillip Schofield looks glum as he clutches vape in first pics since This Morning scandal
22nd June 2023

Yesterday, former This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield was photographed in public for the first time in a month.

The 61-year-old ex-ITV star was axed from the channel last month after admitting to having had an affair with a younger co-worker on the set of the much-loved daytime show.

Father-of-two Phillip had arrived in his mother Pat's home county of Cornwall – appearing glum and down-trodden – for a visit believed to be intended to celebrate her birthday.

Clutching his keys, mobile phone and vape in his hands, Phillip was pictured getting out of a vehicle accompanied by a blonde lady. The former Dancing On Ice frontman wore a simple blue tee in the warm weather, which he paired with some white linen shorts and navy Converse.

Joining his mum Pat to celebrate her 87th birthday, Phillip appeared to have caught a tan in the weeks since stepping down from the award-winning lunch-time show, which he used to present with estranged friend Holly Willoughby.

Despite a deepened tan however, it's clear the star has lost weight, with his facial features appearing more sunken since being axed from the show.

The TV veteran's latest appearance comes after he admitted to being scared to go out in a series of bombshell interviews, most notably with the BBC and with The Sun.

He told viewers of the intense conversations: "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’. It won’t. Not now. Not this one."

Speaking to The Sun, Phillip admitted to having been spat on my onlookers passing by, asking: "Are they spitting on me because I had an affair at work and lied about it?"

And speaking to the BBC, Phillip compared himself to Caroline Flack, describing himself as "broken" and having "lost everything".

Following his admission, Phillip was also dropped by his talent agency YMU – whom he had worked with for two decades – after claiming his relationship with a younger male colleague was "unwise, but not illegal".

The former ITV star said he "didn't tell anybody" about his relationship with his former This Morning colleague, confirming Holly "did not know" about it.

In his interview with The Sun, he apologised to her for lying about the relationship, and concluded: "I've lost my best friend".

Mum-of-three Holly made her first on-screen appearance since the news broke on 5 June, kicking off her This Morning return with an emotional speech.

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