Phillip Schofield is ‘asked out on date’ by Rev Richard Coles

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Phillip Schofield has been asked out on a date by Reverend Richard Coles after coming out as gay earlier this year.

This Morning presenter Phillip, 58, was asked for dinner and drinks by the Richard on Radio 4’s Saturday Morning Live.

Phillip appeared on the show to discuss his autobiography, Life’s What You Make It, which was released earlier this year.

During the candid interview he revealed he had struggled to find someone to speak to and urged anyone in the same position to seek help.

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He said: “If you are listening to this and you are struggling to seek help you have to talk to someone, you can’t do this on your own.

“I had to talk to someone. I had two psychiatrists, I decided psychiatry wasn’t for me – for some people, of course it is, but it wasn’t for me.

“I have a psychologist now, that works brilliantly for me. And, so, you cannot do this on your own and there are many places you can go to – you can go to CALM, you can talk to Samaritans if it’s that bad but don’t try and do it on your own.”

It was then that musician Richard, 58, took the opportunity to ask Phillip, who recently broke down in tears as he discussed his friendship with Holly Willoughby, out on a date.

He said: “Well, if you’re looking for company, Phillip, sort of broadcaster, gay, in his middle years, single, you know?”

Phillip then said: “Are you asking me out,” before laughing.

To which Richard said: “Drink, dinner?” And Richard’s co-host Shaun Keaveny added: “I feel like a bit of a gooseberry now to be honest,” as the trio laughed.

Richard then ended with: “The future’s bright,” before thanking the presenter for coming on air.

Phillip announced he was gay in an emotional confession earlier this year.

He shared a statement which read: “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 have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.

“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. My family have held me so close; they have tried to cheer me up, to smother me with kindness and love, despite their own confusion. Yet still I can’t sleep and there have been some very dark moments.

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“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. 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. 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. 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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