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Phillip Schofield hugs male friend goodnight after evening at casino with Gok Wan and pals


Phillip Schofield was seen hugging a male friend as he enjoyed a night out with pals including fellow presenter Gok Wan at the Grosvenor Casino, St Giles in London this week.

The television host, 60, who came out as gay in 2020, was in good spirits as he walked through the streets of Soho to the gaming venue after enjoying an evening in the West End.

Broadcaster Phil wore a white T-shirt with the word ‘love wins’ emblazoned across it which he teamed with a pair of jeans, and he was seen embracing one of the group after they emerged from the casino at around 2.30am.

Hug goodbye: Phillip Schofield, 60, was seen hugging a male friend as he enjoyed a night out with pals including fellow presenter Gok Wan in London on Thursday

Hug goodbye: Phillip Schofield, 60, was seen hugging a male friend as he enjoyed a night out with pals including fellow presenter Gok Wan in London on Thursday

Gok left shortly after and Phil was stood talking to two of the group in the street while waiting for their cabs.

The trio went their separate ways, with Phil giving one of the group a hug goodbye.

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Phillip for comment. 

Dancing On Ice host Phil was in good spirits during his evening out, smiling from ear-to-ear.

Out on the town: The television host was in good spirits as he walked through the streets of Soho to the gaming venue after enjoying an evening in the West End

Out on the town: The television host was in good spirits as he walked through the streets of Soho to the gaming venue after enjoying an evening in the West End

Keeping it casual: Broadcaster Phil wore a white T-shirt with the word 'love wins' emblazoned across it which he teamed with a pair of jeans

Keeping it casual: Broadcaster Phil wore a white T-shirt with the word ‘love wins’ emblazoned across it which he teamed with a pair of jeans

He wore a navy blue jacket over his T-shirt which he teamed with a pair of stonewashed jeans and brown shoes.

Gok wore all black for the evening, carrying a leather bag in the same colour and opting for a pair of clean white trainers.

Phillip shares daughters Molly, 29, and Ruby, 26, with wife Stephanie Lowe, 58, who he married in 1993.

Night owls: Phil was seen walking alongside his pal who wore a grey jumper and beige trousers which he teamed with brown shoes

Night owls: Phil was seen walking alongside his pal who wore a grey jumper and beige trousers which he teamed with brown shoes

In February 2020, Phillip announced he was gay in a lengthy and impassioned post on Instagram before speaking out with Holly Willoughby, 41, on This Morning.

He said at the time that he had suffered ‘inner conflict’ and but was ready to ‘celebrate and be proud’ of his sexuality.  

Kicking off the subject on This Morning, supportive Holly said: ‘I think we all just take a breath at that point, reading that I can hear your voice, the pain, how difficult it is for you, this is a big day. I know this is something you’ve been living with for a really long time.’

Hugging it out: He was seen embracing one of the group after they emerged from the casino at around 2.30am

Hugging it out: He was seen embracing one of the group after they emerged from the casino at around 2.30am

Heading home: Gok left shortly after and Phil was stood talking to two of the group in the street while waiting for their cabs

Heading home: Gok left shortly after and Phil was stood talking to two of the group in the street while waiting for their cabs

Affectionate: The trio went their separate ways, with Phil giving one of the group a hug goodbye

The group were spotted together in the West End of London

Affectionate: The trio went their separate ways, with Phil giving one of the group a hug goodbye

In style: Phil wore a navy blue jacket over his T-shirt which he teamed with a pair of stonewashed jeans and brown shoes

In style: Phil wore a navy blue jacket over his T-shirt which he teamed with a pair of stonewashed jeans and brown shoes

Fashion focus: His pal was seen carrying a smart black leather bag as the walked side-by-side through Soho

Fashion focus: His pal was seen carrying a smart black leather bag as the walked side-by-side through Soho

All smiles: Dancing On Ice host Phil was in good spirits during his evening out, smiling from ear-to-ear

The pair were seen chatting outside the casino after enjoying their evening

All smiles: Dancing On Ice host Phil was in good spirits during his evening out, smiling from ear-to-ear

Phil responded: ‘It’s funny because everyone I’ve spoken to, and you, have all been so supportive and so loving and caring, and my entire family to a person have grabbed us and said it’s ok, we love you we’re proud of you…  

‘Every person I tell it gets a little lighter and a little lighter, at the same time I have made this decision which is essential for me and essential for my head and that is principally the reason I have done this. They have been supporting while we get to this moment because we all know it was coming…

‘We’ve never had any secrets. It is tough but it’s not something that has happened quickly, I have had to deal with this in my head for quite some time, we’ve gone through this together, we have been honest and have been open and Stephanie as I said, you know.’

Entertainment: The group enjoyed a night at a casino in the UK capital and stopped in the lobby before heading home

Entertainment: The group enjoyed a night at a casino in the UK capital and stopped in the lobby before heading home

Out and about: The television presenter shares daughters Molly, 29, and Ruby, 26, with wife Stephanie Lowe, 58, who he married in 1993

Out and about: The television presenter shares daughters Molly, 29, and Ruby, 26, with wife Stephanie Lowe, 58, who he married in 1993

Quick to lavish praise on his wife, he said: ‘She’s amazing, she’s incredible, there’s no one in my life who would have supported me. As a wife the way she’s supported me, she’s astonishing, literally astonishing, it’s a good questions, you know this has been bothered me for a very long time…

‘Everyone does these things at their own speed in their own time when the time is right, there’s no question it has in recent times consumed my head, and has become an issue in my head, and so I got to the stage where I thought we sit here every day and I’m over there and some amazingly brave incredible person is sitting here and I’m listening to their story and thinking oh my God you’re so brave, and I’m thinking I have to be that person.

‘All you can be in your life is honest with yourself and I was getting to the point where I knew I wasn’t honest with myself I didn’t like myself very much, so when is the right time to do it? And you know as a family, you know it is the right time.’ 

Looking back: In February 2020, Phillip announced he was gay in a lengthy and impassioned post on Instagram before speaking out with Holly Willoughby, 41, on This Morning

Looking back: In February 2020, Phillip announced he was gay in a lengthy and impassioned post on Instagram before speaking out with Holly Willoughby, 41, on This Morning

Proud: He said at the time that he had suffered 'inner conflict'

He said was ready to 'celebrate and be proud' of his sexuality

Proud: He said at the time that he had suffered ‘inner conflict’ and but was ready to ‘celebrate and be proud’ of his sexuality

Emotional: Kicking off the subject on This Morning, supportive Holly Willoughby said: 'I think we all just take a breath at that point... I can hear your voice, the pain, how difficult it is for you'

Emotional: Kicking off the subject on This Morning, supportive Holly Willoughby said: ‘I think we all just take a breath at that point… I can hear your voice, the pain, how difficult it is for you’

Speaking about Holly, Phil said: ‘This is the sister I’ve never had.’ And speaking to the crew, he said: ‘I’m very proud of this unbelievable team, you are all amazing and I love you very much.’

Before the show went live, Holly threw her support behind her This Morning co-host, sharing a selfie of the pair behind the scenes on Dancing On Ice.

She wrote: ‘Never been more proud of my friend than I am today. We’ll be together at 10am on This Morning x’.

Supportive: 'I know this is something you've been living with for a really long time,' Holly added after Phil spoke out about his sexuality

Supportive: ‘I know this is something you’ve been living with for a really long time,’ Holly added after Phil spoke out about his sexuality

He wrote on Instagram at the time: ‘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 my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.

\This is something that has caused many heart-breaking conversations at home. I have been married to Steph for nearly 27 years, and we have two beautiful grown-up daughters, Molly and Ruby.

‘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.

Honest: Phil responded: 'It's funny because everyone I've spoken to, and you, have all been so supportive and so loving and caring'

Honest: Phil responded: ‘It’s funny because everyone I’ve spoken to, and you, have all been so supportive and so loving and caring’

Self care: 'Every person I tell it gets a little lighter and a little lighter, at the same time I have made this decision which is essential for me and essential for my head,' Phil said

Self care: ‘Every person I tell it gets a little lighter and a little lighter, at the same time I have made this decision which is essential for me and essential for my head,’ Phil said

Struggle: Phil continued: 'It is tough but it's not something that has happened quickly, I have had to deal with this in my head for quite some time'

Struggle: Phil continued: ‘It is tough but it’s not something that has happened quickly, I have had to deal with this in my head for quite some time’

Standing by him: Phil said of his wife Stephanie: 'As a wife the way she's supported me, she's astonishing, literally astonishing'

Standing by him: Phil said of his wife Stephanie: ‘As a wife the way she’s supported me, she’s astonishing, literally astonishing’

‘My inner conflict contrasts with an outside world that has changed so very much for the better. Today, quite rightly, being gay is a reason to celebrate and be proud. Yes, I am feeling pain and confusion, but that comes only from the hurt that I am causing to my family.

‘Steph has been incredible – I love her so very much. She is the kindest soul I have ever met. My girls have been astonishing in their love, hugs and encouraging words of comfort. Both mine and Steph’s entire families have stunned me with their love, instant acceptance and support.’

Asked about a potential new relationship on This Morning, he said: ‘I don’t think so, I’m not thinking there. I’m doing each day at a time now. This has always been a slow process. There is no fast process after this. This was the day I knew everything was pointed towards. I couldn’t have done it if it hadn’t been you.’

Authentic: 'My inner conflict contrasts with an outside world that has changed so very much for the better. Today, quite rightly, being gay is a reason to celebrate and be proud,' he said

Authentic: ‘My inner conflict contrasts with an outside world that has changed so very much for the better. Today, quite rightly, being gay is a reason to celebrate and be proud,’ he said

Love life: Asked about a potential new relationship on This Morning, he said after coming out: 'I don't think so, I'm not thinking there. I'm doing each day at a time now'

Love life: Asked about a potential new relationship on This Morning, he said after coming out: ‘I don’t think so, I’m not thinking there. I’m doing each day at a time now’

Pals: Phil was supported on screen by his This Morning co-stars Eammon Holmes and Ruth Langsford, and received positive words from fellow celebrities online

Pals: Phil was supported on screen by his This Morning co-stars Eammon Holmes and Ruth Langsford, and received positive words from fellow celebrities online

Heartwarming: Phil cut a casual figure as he stepped out this week, wearing a white T-shirt with the words 'love wins' emblazoned across it

Heartwarming: Phil cut a casual figure as he stepped out this week, wearing a white T-shirt with the words ‘love wins’ emblazoned across it

Candid: Phil spoke to Holly on This Morning in February 2020 after posting a message on Instagram to tell his fans he was gay

Candid: Phil spoke to Holly on This Morning in February 2020 after posting a message on Instagram to tell his fans he was gay

Last time: Phillip and Steph were last seen in public together at the National Television Awards in 2020)

That as then: Phillip has lauded his wife and daughters for their support (pictured at the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald premiere in November 2018)

Difficulties: Speaking about telling his daughters, he said: ‘I wasn’t easy [telling my daughters]. But they are so amazing in their love and support. They jumped up and gave me a hug, a big hug, a long hug’ (pictured in public together for the last time before coming out at National Television Awards in 2020)

Speaking about how his mum Pat, 83, reacted: ‘It was the same with my mum, my mum is watching this today. 

‘She’s been on the phone this morning – hope you’re OK. I went down to see her, she’s down in Cornwall, and I went down to see her. 

‘And I told her and she said ‘oh, OK, well, I don’t care’ – and that’s the same with everyone.’

Happy: Phil smiled as he went out in Soho with his pals, wearing jeans and smart brown shoes for the night

Happy: Phil smiled as he went out in Soho with his pals, wearing jeans and smart brown shoes for the night

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