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Phillip Schofield credits Holly Willoughby for helping him through the ‘darkest times’ before coming out as gay

PHILLIP Schofield has thanked his This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby for helping him through the "darkest times".

A very sombre Phil, 52, credited Holly for her amazing support after he came out as gay on live television.

The dad-of-two opened up about the "fairly dark place" he was in during that time.

They were chatting to Simon Gunning, the CEO of CALM, a charity aiming to end suicide, when Phil made the shocking revelations.

Simon was speaking about the jump of male suicide in England and Wales in 2019.

Men have always accounted for 75% of all suicides, but the numbers in 2019 were the highest they had been in two decades.

While discussing ways men could access help, including the CALM helpline, Phil revealed what got him through his tough times.

"When I needed help I had people around, one of which sits beside me now," Phil said as he gestured to Holly.

"I had Steph, my wife, and my girls and family for support.

"I realise not everyone is as lucky as I am to have sympathetic ear, but you can help someone just by listening."

Phil then urged: "Reach out to those who know you best."

The CALM CEO agreed that while not everyone had people to reach out to that's where helplines and doctors were so vital to saving lives.

"Try not too be judgmental on yourself... talking can help so much and the root of it is about human contact," Simon explained.

Holly added: "Talking to just somebody is important," as she reminded viewers to use helplines if they needed to.

Phil continued to open about when he was feeling down and had a message for people on how to get through it.

"I know I've been to some fairly dark places in my head, when those clouds roll in, but if you hang on and if you're patient you see how the clouds break and a little bit of sunshine gets in," he said.

"Don't judge your life so quickly."

Simon added: "This is not forever, things will change. Change can be positive."

Phil finished the segment reminding people to: "#bekind."

The TV star, who came out as gay in February, recently moved into a £2million bachelor pad in West London.

The house is said to be close to the homes of ITV co-stars Holly Willoughby and Declan Donnelly as well as Ant McPartlin's old place with ex Lisa Armstrong.

Reports of the purchase comes after The Sun revealed that Phil has discussed divorce with Stephanie and will share his £9million fortune with her.

It means that devoted former BBC worker Stephanie is in line for a £4.5million settlement.

If you are struggling with mental health and suicide, please reach out to CALM on 0800 58 58 or via their webchat

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