Mrs Brown's Boys star Eilish O'Carroll hails Phillip Schofield's gay admission as 'inspirational' - Mrs Brown's Boys

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Mrs Brown's Boys star Eilish O'Carroll hails Phillip Schofield's gay admission as 'inspirational'

Eilish, who came out in her 40s, said it reminded her of her own coming out



Actress Eilish O’Carroll, of Mrs Brown’s Boys, said she found Phillip Schofield’s admission to be inspirational.

Speaking to Ray D’Arcy, she said: “I was really surprised but the interview was very moving and inspirational."

Eilish, who came out in her 40s, said it reminded her of her own coming out.

“For me, it was a hard one to explain, but you have to do it.



Eilish and Brendan O'Carroll on Mrs Brown's Boys (Image: BBC Studios/Alan Peebles)

“I wish it was as simple as that [being a sexual thing] but it’s more about being honest and being comfortable with who you are.”

The This Morning co-host revealed the news in a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday morning.

The telly presenter, 57, issued a statement in which he came out as gay.

He penned: "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.

Phillip bravely made the shock announcement that he is gay this morning (Image: S Meddle/ITV/REX)


"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."

He continued: "My family have held me so close: they have tried to cheer me up, to smother me with kindness and love, despite their own confusions. Yet still I can't sleep and there have been some very dark moments.

"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.

He continued: "Both mine and Steph's entire families have stunned me with their love, instant acceptance and support. Of course they are worried about Steph, but I know they will scoop us both up.


Phil Schofe has been with wife Stephanie for 27 years


"My friends are the best, especially Holly, who has been so kind and wise - and who has hugged me as I sobbed on her shoulder. At ITV, I couldn't hope to work with more wonderful, supportive teams.

"Every day on This Morning, I sit in awe of those we meet who have been brave and open in confronting their truth - so now it's my turn to share mine."

He added: "This will probably all come as something of a surprise and I understand, but only by facing this, by being honest, can I hope to find peace in my mind and a way forward.

"Please be kind, especially to my family. Phillip."







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