Phillip Schofield says his mum feared he was going blind after secret battle left vision like ‘looking out dirty window’

PHILLIP Schofield revealed that his mum feared he was going blind after a secret battle with his eyesight.

The This Morning presenter, 58, opened up about the moment that he came out as gay to his mum Pat on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show – and explained that she thought the serious chat was something to do with that fact he suffers with floaters in his eyes.

Phillip and his driver Tony stopped off at the star's favourite fish and chip shop in Cornwall before heading to his mums apartment to tell her the news.

He said: "And so I sat down and we chatted and we chatted and I have floaters in my eyes, which drive me crazy.

"I don't talk about them very much, I've talked about them more obviously because they're mentioned in the book and loads have people have come to me and said 'oh my god me too!'

"But this is not like the little bits that you see floating, this is like a filthy bathroom window drifting in front of my vision and we're getting closer and closer to being able to find someone who can fix them.

"They drive me mad, but they're not dangerous in any way. They just drive me mad. Especially if they hover over an autocue that I'm reading or something.

"So I went down there, my mum knows about these and we had our fish and chips and I said mum I have something to tell you.

"So she said 'okay, alright, okay…'

"I said 'I'm gay.' And she wen't 'oh thank god' and I looked at her and she said 'I thought you were going blind' and I said 'what the hell do you mean? Why do you think I'm going blind?'

"She said: 'Those things you've got in your eyes and I know you've been very sad recently' and I said 'no mum, no. No I'm not going blind.'

"But the reaction, pretty much everyone in recent times before what we callthe event, which is the event in the book as well, when I actually told everybody, they all went 'oh thank god, we thought you were seriously ill.

Back in February, Phillip announced that he is gay to the rest of the world in a moving statement on Instagram.

The beloved TV host, who has been married for nearly 27 years to wife Stephanie, paid tribute to his wife and daughters.

He wrote: "You never know what's going on in someone's seemingly perfect life, what issues they are struggling with, or the state of their wellbeing – and so you won't know what has been consuming me for the last few years.

"With the strength and support of my wife and daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay."

He added: "My family have held me so close: they have tried to cheer me up, to smother me with kindness and love, despite their own confusion. Yet still I can't sleep and there have been some very dark moments."

But eight months on, Phillip admitted his "head's just as muddy as it was before"after opening up about who he truly is.

He told Fearne Cotton on her Happy Place podcast: "I'm still learning what effects that has on my life and those around me."

Phillip added: "Do I know who I am? No. I think if I'm honest, looking you right in the eye now, I'd say I'm still pretty confused."

The star, who has been married to Stephanie Lowe for nearly 27 years, also feels that although he has "no shame" in who is he, it has hurt those closest to him.

He told host Fearne: "I'm happy with who I am, I'm not happy with the damage it causes."





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