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Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby remained on the air during lockdown last year as This Morning continued to feature in its usual slot on ITV despite the unprecedented circumstances. However, as the presenting duo reflected on the last year, Phillip and Holly revealed how their relationship has changed. 

In a recent interview, Holly and Phillip were asked if the pandemic had changed their friendship.

“Definitely,” Holly replied. “I think the thing about friendship is that as the years go on they deepen and if you’re the best of friends there’s always another layer added and this has definitely cemented a layer on. 

“And it will continue to grow, but I think this is definitely a big old foundation of a layer that has gone in.

Phillip remarked: “God, we’ve always been mates and always been close mates and always seen each other socially.”

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“And then suddenly for the best part of a year we’re getting ready for a two and a half-hour show in the morning on our own, doing our own make-up,” he continued.

“The first time I did my own make-up – it was all left out for me – I got it all wrong and went on air looking like a mahogany wardrobe! 

“You get things wrong, but we just sat and talked every morning. 

“We talked about everything, what was going on in the world, what was happening in our heads, how we felt. There was a lot to talk about.”

“Phil’s really the only one who has gone through a mirrored image experience that I’ve gone through,” Holly added. 

“So he’s the only one who when we look back I’ll be able to go, ‘God, do you remember that?’ That bonds you.”

The couple was asked if there’s any change that they made during lockdown that they plan to keep. 

“I’ve got very protective of local produce and local shops,” Phillip replied. “So for me, whereas there’s no question that I would have probably been in big supermarket shops, I now love getting on my bike and going to the butchers and going to the greengrocers and going to the fishmongers.”

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“And you suddenly look at all these people, we’ve had a lot of them on the show, whose livelihood is mussels but they’re just throwing them back into the sea – they can’t sell them, people aren’t buying them,” he explained. 

“And so for me, what I’ll take from this is a little bit more artisan, less of the big world, more of the small world. 

“More locally produced, smaller industries if you can – small butter makers, small cheesemakers. 

“Also, the whole Buy British thing. We’ve got to shop local because we’re in a slightly different economic environment and so right, let’s hunker down because all of our local shops and services have all suffered enormously and so I will certainly continue to cycle to the butchers.”

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Holly added: “I think organising my time, I think I’ve got better at that. There’s no reason why you have to go across town for a meeting. 

“You can do those things on Zoom within your house and then you’re there when the kids get back from school. 

“That type of thing, that real home time. The kids have really enjoyed me being back in the afternoons a lot more and most afternoons I am, because This Morning is in the morning, but quite often I’ll have bits and bobs to do. 

“So for me, just having that time at home, I don’t want to give too much of that back now.”

This Morning airs on weekdays on ITV at 10am.

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