Phillip Schofield confirms release of tell-all book detailing ups and downs

Phillip Schofield has confirmed that he will be releasing his very own tell-all book, titled Life Is What You Make It, later this year.

It was reported last month that This Morning host Phil had been offered a huge £1.5million deal to recount his coming out journey in his own memoir, after publicly revealing he is gay, earlier this year.

Now, Phil has confirmed that his book is on its way, after lockdown provided the perfect opportunity for him to put pen to paper.

He explained in a short video that he has been planning his own book since he was 14 years old and has toyed with the idea over the years, but after writing the first chapter in 2017, he felt like he couldn’t go forward with it.

Stating that his life has now changed, Phil told fans he is ready to share his story and will take them behind-the-scenes of his life, career and family, while dishing all on the ups and downs and some ‘very emotional’ moments he has experienced.

He said: ‘I have something to tell you which I am very, very excited about. I have finally, after being asked for many years, written my book. I wrote the first line when I was 14 and I knew exactly how I wanted it to start, should I ever write it, and it is in fact now the first line.

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After being asked many times, and after many years of wanting to, I have written my autobiography. I wrote the first line of the book, in my head, when I was about 14. It took me until 2017 for me to finally write the first chapter and then I stopped because the time wasn’t right. It has certainly been something of a work in progress! Over the years I have been making notes of the stories and events of my life that I thought would tell my story. Finally, in Lockdown, I knew that all the pieces of the jigsaw had been put into place and I was ready to write – that and a new discovery… lots of free time! It has been a fascinating experience, both immense fun and deeply emotional. Finally, after all these years, I’m happy it’s gone from my head, to the page. I’ve been honest and I’ve been me. Thank you @michaeljbooks @penguinukbooks. Published this October but available to pre-order now using the link in my bio #LifesWhatYouMakeIt

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‘In 2017, I wrote the first few chapters and sent it a few friends and they were like, “oh my god, you have to write this,” and I knew I couldn’t and you knew why.’

The TV presenter continued: ‘And then my life changed and lockdown happened and I had a shed load of time on my hands. I thought, “well, you’ve thought about it for long enough, you’ve written all these notes, why don’t you do it?” and so I did. I wrote and I wrote and I loved it.’

‘I will take you behind-the-scenes of my life and my career and my family and my friends. The ups and downs that there have been. Lots of ups, lots of funs, but some really, very, very, emotional times as well,’ Phil promised.

‘I’ve been honest, I’ve been me and it’s done. And I’ve discovered at the end of it, that life is indeed what you make it.’

Phil added in the caption alongside his exciting announcement: ‘It has been a fascinating experience, both immense fun and deeply emotional. Finally, after all these years, I’m happy it’s gone from my head, to the page.’

He revealed that his memoir will hit shelves later this year on 15 October.

The news comes after insiders told The Mirror that book publishers had been ‘desperate’ for Phil to share his story, claiming: ‘They know it could be a best-seller as he’s such a household name with a legion of fans.’

Phil is still married to wife Steph, who he wed in 1993 and shares daughters Molly, 27, and Ruby, 24, with, and has praised his family for their support while he came to terms with his sexuality.

‘There is no question, in those moments, when I couldn’t see a way forward, it was Steph and my girls — through their strength — who hauled me back,’ he told The Sun.

‘I had Steph and I had my girls and I don’t think I could have left them like that. But if I hadn’t have had their support, then who knows?’

Phil has said that finally talking about his sexuality ‘saved him’.

His initial statement, that was shared on social media, before he was interviewed by close friend Holly Willoughby on This Morning 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 coming to terms with the fact that I am gay. 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 only comes from the hurt I am causing for my family. ‘Steph has been incredible – I love her so very much. She is the kindest soul that I have ever met. My girls have been astonishing in their love, hugs and encouraging and words of comfort. Both mine and Steph’s entire families have stunned me with their love, instant acceptance and support.’

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