Phillip Schofield has revealed her feels ‘ashamed’ but stressed he did not groom a younger colleague.
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The former presenter said he has “massive guilt, and regret”, admitting “I’ve made a mistake”
“I did not, I did not (groom him). There are accusations of all sorts of things. It never came across that way (an abuse of power) because we’d become mates. I don’t know about that,” Schofield told The Sun.
“But of course I understand that there will be a massive judgment, but bearing in mind, I have never exercised that anywhere else.
“I assume somebody, somewhere, assumed something was going on, correctly, and didn’t say anything.
He said: “At the time I did not think about it possibly ruining my career. I really probably only thought about it when I saw the rumour mill, and saw it growing.
“Then I saw the link with the drama school photo all those years before, and thought, ‘This looks shocking’.
“But I didn’t lie to protect my career, he didn’t want his name in public.
He wanted his own life.”
The former presenter has also apologised to his This Morning co-star Holly Willoughby for lying to her about his secret relationship.
“I’ve lost my best friend. I let her down (Holly). I let that entire show down. I let the viewers down,” he said.
“Holly did not know (about the romance). And she was one of the first texts that I sent, to say, ‘I am so, so sorry that I lied to you’.”