Phillip Schofield sought advice from self-help book before coming out as gay

Phillip Schofield has revealed he sought advice from a self-help book before coming out as gay.

The This Morning host, 57, took the brave step of speaking openly about his sexuality for the first time yesterday.

He's been bombarded with messages of support over the last 24 hours, and has now told fans he turned to a book called The Velvet Rage before coming out.

After being tweeted a recommendation to read the tome, Phil replied: "Thank you so much… I’ve read the book already lol x."

The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World is by American clinical psychologist Alan Downs.

The book's blurb reads: "Whether he is flamboyantly fashionable with a body chiseled to perfection or chronically dissatisfied and without lasting relationships, the stereotypical extremes of male gay behavior are fueled by the same dark force: shame.

"The inevitable byproduct of growing up gay in a straight man's world, the experience of shame in childhood and adolescence sends a boy the message that he is other and that he is worthless…"


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It goes on to explain the book aims to explain the "psychological underpinnings of the forces at play in their lives" and offer "helpful strategies to stop the insidious cycle of avoidance and rage".

The blurb adds: "Empowering and validating, The Velvet Rage will influence the public discourse on gay culture and positively change the lives of gay men who read it."

Phillip released a statement on Instagram yesterday in which he came out as gay, and shortly afterwards gave an emotional interview to his This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby on the show.

In the chat, Phil cried as he talked about being supported by his wife of 27 years, Steph, and their two daughters.

He said: "We've been honest and open. .. Steph… I can't write in any statement what I feel about that woman. She's amazing, she's incredible.

"There is no one in my life who would have supported me the way…

"As a wife, as the way she's supported me. She's astonishing, literally astonishing," he added, overcome with emotion.

In his statement, he also wrote: "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."

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