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Phillip Schofield opens up about coming out, being mindful of his family and his mental health journey

Phillip Schofield told the Loose Women that his family's happiness remains his greatest concern as he joined them to reflect on coming out, his mental health journey and his 35 year career in television.

The This Morning presenter, who spoke publicly for the first time about being gay on the show in February, said it had been a tricky time for him in the lead up and explained how the support he received has helped him.

"If you’re doing it just for you then fair enough. I had a wider very important group of people around me," he said as he recalled how important it was for him to be mindful of his family when making the decision to speak about his sexuality.

"You don’t just pull the pin on your own life, you pull the pin on everybody else’s as well."

He spoke with the panel about his mental health journey, explaining why he believes it's so important for men to talk to a professional, friend, or family member about their feelings.

"Find a mate, someone maybe within your family or in the other parts of your family. You cannot hold it all in yourself. If you have something you want to talk about, your head will get the better of you unless you share it."

And of course, we couldn't let him go without talking about his incredible career in television. Did you know he originally wanted to be a gravedigger?

Watch the chat in the video above to find out more and catch the rest of the show - including Andrea's announcement - on the ITV Hub.

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