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This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield, 58, has opened up about the “deeply emotional” process of writing his tell-all book after coming out as gay on the ITV show back in February. The star has entitled the autobiography Life’s What You Make It and has informed fans about its “honest” content ahead of the book’s release in October.
Speaking about his project, which he took on during the coronavirus lockdown, Phillip revealed in view of his 3.2 million Instagram followers: “After being asked many times, and after many years of wanting to, I have written my autobiography.
“I wrote the first line of the book, in my head, when I was about 14. It took me until 2017 for me to finally write the first chapter and then I stopped because the time wasn’t right.
“It has certainly been something of a work in progress! Over the years I have been making notes of the stories and events of my life that I thought would tell my story.”
He continued: “Finally, in Lockdown, I knew that all the pieces of the jigsaw had been put into place and I was ready to write – that and a new discovery… lots of free time! It has been a fascinating experience, both immense fun and deeply emotional.
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“Finally, after all these years, I’m happy it’s gone from my head, to the page. I’ve been honest and I’ve been me.”
Phillip also gave readers an insight into the subjects he will address in the autobiography in a detailed synopsis of the book.
The television personality says in the description: “For a long time, I felt that I couldn’t write this book. At first, I didn’t think I’d lived enough, then life got busy and filled with distractions. In more recent years, there was always a very painful consideration – I knew where it would eventually have to go.
“I have recently decided that the truth is the only thing that can set me free. The truth has taken a long time to make itself clear to me, but now is the right time to share it, all of it.
“Television and broadcasting has been a part of my DNA for as long as I can remember. As a young boy I would make model TV sets out of cardboard boxes, while spending long summers at home, barefoot on Cornwall’s golden beaches.
“Landing a job at the ice-cream kiosk, I would enviously look on as my presenting heroes took to the stage of Radio 1’s Roadshow, an unforgettable event when it came to town.”
Phillip went on to reveal he will share details about his “dangerously funny relationship” with his This Morning co-presenter Holly Willoughby in the book.
He added: “In Life’s What You Make It I look back with nostalgic delight on my life, from being a young boy endlessly writing letters to the BBC in pursuit of a job in broadcasting, to making it on to the Broom Cupboard, with my infamous sidekick Gordon the Gopher, to being on Going Live and starring as the lead in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
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“It has taken four decades to get here but I feel lucky to have called the sets of Talking Telephone Numbers, The Cube, Dancing on Ice and of course, This Morning, home.
“I’m going to take you behind the scenes of my television home at ITV, into my career and my dangerously funny relationship with Holly Willoughby.”
The book’s candid synopsis concluded: “I’m going to introduce you to my loving and remarkable family, and I hope most of all to tell you that life, it seems, is what you make it.
“Take it from someone who has sat on the very edge and looked over, it’s all about the people that love you, and after that anything is possible. So, finally, here we go, this is the real me.”
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Phillip’s announcement about his highly anticipated autobiography comes after he took to Instagram to tell fans he is “coming to terms with being gay” in an emotional statement earlier this year.
He later spoke further about his feelings on This Morning with his co-star Holly.
The host has been married to his wife Stephanie Lowe for 27 years and they share two children together; Ruby and Molly.
He said at the time: “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.”
The presenter continued to praise his “incredible” wife, adding: “I love her so very much. She is the kindest soul I have ever met.”
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