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Phillip Schofield got emotional as he accepted the British LGBT special recognition award, where he likens the road towards coming out as gay to packing “a parachute before the jump".
The video set to be played tonight was filmed early as Phillip is currently away on holiday and unable to accept the award in person.
The This morning host came out as gay in February of 2020 after admitting to suffering through an “inner conflict”, followed by a candid discussion with co-host Holly Willoughby live on air.
Accepting the award, Phillip says in his video: “Wow. This is a biggie. What a proud moment for me personally.
“I've never won any award individually. Any award you win as a team that's there propping you up and definitely that's the case with this one.
“I had the most extraordinary people that helped me pack the parachute before the jump. Friends and family, loved ones and then there were an enormous amount of rainbow arms outstretched to catch me when I reached the bottom of my jump…
“Life is a still a work in progress, but of course aren't we all? But it's been joyous to meet the people I have, to have heard the lovely things they've said to me and share a moment like this with you.
“I wish I was there. I'm sorry I'm not. I am enormously proud. Thank you.”
The awards are set to celebrate leading LGBT+ activists, allies and celebrity figures that have worked hard to advance the right of LGBT+ people throughout the last year.
Taking place tonight, the awards will be hosted by Gok Wan and Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK winner Lawrence Chaney.
Phillip had come out via an Instagram post last year where he confessed: “I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay. “
His post was followed by an emotional discussion with Holly on an episode of This morning where he said of the support he has received: “It's funny because everyone I've spoken to, and you, have all been so supportive and so loving and caring, and my entire family to a person have grabbed us and said it's ok, we love you we're proud of you…
“Every person I tell it gets a little lighter and a little lighter, at the same time I have made this decision which is essential for me and essential for my head and that is principally the reason I have done this.”
Phil also praised his wife Stephanie for her continued support throughout his journey.
He said: “She's amazing, she's incredible, there's no one in my life who would have supported me. As a wife the way she's supported me, she's astonishing, literally astonishing”.
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