Phil Schofield stops Dancing On Ice rehearsals for sweet speech about coming out

Phillip Schofield was said to have brought Dancing On Ice rehearsals to a halt behind closed doors after he come out as gay.

The Dancing On Ice host left co-presenter and close pal Holly Willoughby in tears with his endearing words about coming to terms with his sexuality.

Dancing On Ice skater Matt Evers spilled exactly how it went down behind closed doors when Phil stopped production during rehearsals.

In a heart-warming moment, he recalled how he and four other celebrities embraced the This Morning presenter with a hug following his speech.

He told "It was a really nice atmosphere in the studio. I think at one point in rehearsals he kind of stopped production and said, 'OK I just need to say this, I don't want to be the elephant in the room anymore, if you want to give me a hug, give me a hug'.

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"He was very sensitive to viewers at home as well and he kinda wanted to get that out in dress rehearsal before we were live and it was a really nice moment.

"Holly teared up and there was about five or six of us that were stood around him at that point and we just all kind of gave him a huge and said, 'do you know what, you're gonna be fine'."

The emotional moment comes after Phil come out as gay in an impassioned Instagram post before sharing his story on This Morning leaving Holly in tears.

It's claimed his sexuality was an open secret on This Morning for two years.

Phil told of the "heartbreaking conversations" he had at home with his wife of nearly 27 years Stephanie as well as their two grown-up daughters Ruby and Molly.

He said: "With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.

"Yes, I am feeling pain and confusion, but that comes only from the hurt that I am causing to my family."

Loving Stephanie has lauded her husband as the love of her life as she vowed to support him.

In a declaration of love, she said she would love Phil for the rest of her life.

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