Phillip Schofield regrets turning off phone after skipping This Morning as friends feared he’d ‘done something stupid’

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Phillip Schofield has revealed his regret at turning his phone off after failing to turn up at This Morning as crew members feared he'd done "something stupid".

The 58 year old has bravely opened up on the struggle he went through when he was coming to terms with his sexuality, which culminated with him coming out as gay live on air in February.

In his honest new autobiography, Life's What You Make It, Phillip discusses the one day that his struggle had made him so ill that he skipped the show altogether.

He joined his pal Lorraine Kelly on her morning show on Thursday to speak about his memoir, with the 60 year old revealing her shock and finding out Phillip had taken the day off without warning.

She said: "This was quite remarkable, because I know you are such a consummate professional, when you just couldn't come in one day. It was just too much and you just couldn't do it."

Telling the story of the day, Phillip told her: "I was in the car coming down the M40 and I was writing an interview with Annie Lennox, and it had never crept in to work ever ever.

"Here, work, was my sanctuary, that's where I could forget everything that was going on in my head.

"So Tony, who is my committed and wonderful driver who I've had for years and years and years and years and years, we got to the turnoff just up the road…

"We've got a flat in south east London, we got it for the girls when they finished university, and occasionally me and Steph could stay over if we went to the theatre or whatever.

"I said, 'Tony, just take me to the flat would you?' and he said, 'yeah sure', and he never questions anything.

"We drove past here and I went to the flat and I made a very stupid mistake of turning my phone off so nobody knew where I was.

"I'd told Steph, I just said, 'I can't go in today' and the office [knew] and I just turned my phone off and that was that.

"This Morning started and I was at one end of London and it was at the other and it was a very, very silly thing to do because, you know, I think people thought that I may have done something stupid which, of course, I wouldn't have done."

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.

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