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This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield has opened up on the nerve-wracking moment in which he told his wife Stephanie Lowe’s parent that he was in fact gay.

Phillip told the story on the Chris Evan’s How To Wow podcast, explaining that he had decided to break the news to them while he was preparing Christmas dinner.

His decision was made after his mother-in-law paid him a compliment, explaining that he was “the perfect man”.

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The silver fox felt he could not accept the compliment and instead revealed the truth, and both Jill and Steph’s father John were very accepting.

He told Chris on the podcast: “Just before Christmas, well during Christmas, I was cleaning – I clean, when I'm stressed, I tidy up – so I was cleaning a surface at Christmas, wiping it down and Jill, my wonderful mother-in-law, said, 'You are the perfect man, you know'.

"And I just said, 'No Jill, no I'm not', but it was the sweetest thing to say. So yeah, big support from them."

Phil then read aloud a message John had sent him following the exchange, which read: "I may be your pa-in-law but think of me as your surrogate pa, and long may it continue.

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"As long as Steph's OK we don't have a problem."

Chris then read aloud Phil's reply to his father-in-law’s message, which said: "Then you text him back, 'Thank you so much, Captain, I'm so very deeply sorry to disappoint you.'"

To which John replied: "Nothing to be sorry for here son so cheer up!"

The This Morning host then added: "I couldn't have wanted anything else really."

In the same podcast Phil also explained what his own mother said when he had asked her what she though his dad might have felt about his coming out.

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He said: "When I went down to Cornwall when I told my mum, I said, 'What do you think dad would have said? Would he still be proud?'

"Thankfully she said, 'Yes… he'll think you're brave and he will always be proud of you.' So that is good."

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