Phillip Schofield admits he’s ‘scared’ and full of anxiety over going out as lockdown eases
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Phillip Schofield has spoken out on his anxiety over the easing of lockdown rules amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The This Morning presenter, who was recently seen carrying a bouquet of flowers on his 28th wedding anniversary a year after coming out as gay, was joined on the ITV show by stand-in co-host Rochelle Humes as they listened to counsellor Sian Williams speak on the uneasiness felt by many about pubs and restaurants reopening.
"For three years I've been with NHS patients and various students, families, and loads of different clients," Sian started. "The thing that struck me, I mean Gok [Wan] talking about everybody wanting to go out and experience lockdown and being very excited and getting dressed up…
"Some people will be feeling perhaps a little bit of anxiety over lockdown easing."
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Clearly striking a nerve, 59 year old Phil immediately replied: "I am! I was saying to Gok. Now, Gok is Mr Party and he is going to take me under his wing and look after me.
"I was fine until maybe about three months ago and then I feel like I’ve jumped off the rails a little bit."
The TV star, whose pal Holly Willoughby recently surprised him with a birthday cake made by her children, continued: "You lose momentum and you get a bit scared.
"It’s not that I’m scared about the virus, it’s just the fact that I’m not used to going out."
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Sian then said: "Just think where your brain’s been for the past year," before explaining that it's been in a state of "constant threat and danger".
It comes as Phil recently took a savage swipe at former colleague Piers Morgan as he claimed the 56 year old has "a lot of time on his hands" following his GMB exit.
Piers sensationally quit his role on Good Morning Britain last month after sparking outrage with his views on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.
The TV presenter has since taken aim at Demi Lovato, who recently blasted a Los Angeles-based frozen yogurt shop for selling diet items and providing a "triggering" experience for her.
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Singer Demi, 28, who has openly discussed her struggles with eating disorders, took to Instagram over the weekend to write: "Finding it extremely hard to order froyo from @thebiggchillofficial when you have to walk past tons of sugar free cookies/other diet foods before you get to the counter."
Controversial host Piers took to his column for MailOnline to discuss Demi's comments, writing: "I was triggered by Ms Lovato herself.
"The more this repulsively arrogant woman attacked this lovely little store in her staggeringly unhinged and delusional manner, the more furious I became.
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"How dare she try to destroy The Bigg Chill simply for doing its job, one that it does very well to widespread popular acclaim?"
As Phillip and Rochelle discussed the topic on This Morning with showbiz correspondent Sam Rubin, Phillip decided to weigh in on the row himself and referred to Piers' GMB exit.
He scoffed: "We know that Piers Morgan waded in, so it must be serious. He's got a lot of time on his hands at the moment to worry about yogurt."
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