Phillip Schofield’s love life came into the spotlight in February after the popular presenter came out as gay. The ITV star later discussed the admission with Holly Willoughby on This Morning. He has since moved out of the £2million home that he shared with Stephanie Lowe, his wife of 27 years and mother of their two daughters. She revealed that she would stick with the star until he has found love again and currently there have been no details about the couple’s plan to get divorced. Many in the UK now wonder who the star will line-up as a future love interest. Several accounts about Phillip’s dating life have since been unearthed by Express.co.uk. These have included him being crowned ‘Britain’s Most Eligible Bachelor’, known as a “ladies’ man” for a time and one account of a girlfriend described as his “love drug”. During that period in his life, Phillip also gave an uncharacteristic and candid interview about his relationships with one lady who many thought could have been ‘the one’.
At the time, Phillip was host of Going Live! – a popular Saturday morning show with music, quizzes, phone-ins and more.
The emerging talent had just returned from a two-week break in New Zealand – where he had been afforded his initial rise to fame on the programme Shazam!
While living 12,000-miles away, he had dated a number of women including his first love who had rejected his marriage proposal and another extremely important relationship in his life.
Their fling began at a music awards ceremony the star was hosting and his eye was turned by young dancer Fenella Bathfield during one of the show’s intervals.
The young host had fallen “madly, hopelessly in love” according to Robin McGibbon who penned the 1992 biography ‘Phillip Schofield: The Whole Amazing Story’.
His Shazam! colleague of the time, Louise Jones described that his heart “went boom” and he “didn’t come down to earth for days after”.
She said: “I remember him being totally distracted for more than a lunch hour! He just wanted to be with Fenella all the time.
“Like the song says, ‘Love is the drug’ – you can’t get enough. Fenella was definitely the big one in Phillip’s life.”
Another coworker John Sweetman, who was a DJ, recalled them “always kissing and cuddling” whenever they were together and described them as a “really hot item”.
They broke up when Phillip decided to return to the UK, which would lead to his first break on British TV – but that was not the last he would see of her.
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In 1988, after the star had left the BBC to front Going Live! with Sarah Greene he had taken a two-month long break from presenting – including a visit to New Zealand.
Mr McGibbon described: “Phillip had a great time down under, looking up old friends – including Fenella – and flew back to England, tanned and refreshed and eager to get back to work.”
Later he disclosed that during the time he was reunited with his former flame, he had the “most bizarre relationship” with her.
The biographer added: “They didn’t see each other for a long time, but when they did it was like a ‘smouldering fire’ and they crammed everything into three weeks.”
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According to Mr McGibbon, Phillip was quoted as having said “it’s fun, that feels naughty” during an interview with an unnamed national newspaper.
The claims left Fenella fuming, when they were picked up in her home country and she released her own counter statement to quash any rumours of a relationship between the pair.
She explained her plans to instruct the star to “stop making these remarks” and described them as “getting very boring”.
Fenella added: “Certainly I was very close to Phillip, but now I’ve met someone else, he is a thing of the past.”
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