LGBT equality charity Stonewall has hailed Phillip Schofield’s announcement as “incredibly brave and moving” as celebrities send messages of support to the TV presenter.
In a statement on Twitter, the charity said: “It takes a lot of courage and is always a hugely personal decision to be open about who you are. Congrats Phillip.”
Holly Willoughby, his co-presenter on This Morning posted on Instagram that she has “never been more proud of my friend than I am today”.
He announced the news on the social media site moments before an emotional appearance on the ITV daytime show.
Schofield said his decision had been inspired by the “brave” guests who have appeared on the show and thought: “I have to be that person.”
Others offered their support with actor and comedian David Walliams tweeting: “I am sending all my love to Phillip Schofield today.
“I have always held him in the highest regard, and now have nothing but respect and admiration for him.
“Let’s hope we are moving towards a world where no-one has to come out anymore, they can just be who they are and celebrate that.”
Walliams’ Little Britain co-star Matt Lucas tweeted: “I’m not surprised about Phillip Schofield. Growing up I remember him presenting with Gordon the Gopher from inside that closet!
“Joking aside, that cannot have been an easy statement to make. People come out at different stages in their lives. Good luck Phillip. Xxxx”
Fellow TV host Dermot O’Leary also sent his support to Schofield on Twitter, writing: “Sending big love to the Schofield and his family, @Schofe Stand up guy, heart of a lion. X”
Fashion guru Gok Wan added: “So much love to you @Schofe such bravery xxxxx.”
Writing on Instagram, John Barrowman said: “So proud of you and your family Phillip. Welcome to your truth and authentic self. The nation loves you for who you because you are @schofe
“Can’t wait to hug you and don’t worry we got your back we are #LGBTQ+strong…”