Joan Collins says Phillip Schofield coming out is 'odd' as people 'knew he was gay'

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Joan Collins attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Hollywood icon Joan Collins has branded Phillip Schofield's decision to announce he is gay as "odd", claiming those who know him "knew he was gay".

Collins made the comments while appearing as a guest on Good Morning Britain alongside Kelly and Sharon Osbourne and Perez Hilton.

Schofield unexpectedly announced he was gay via Instagram on Friday, then took part in an emotional interview with This Morning colleagues Holly Willoughby, Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Joan Collins attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Collins said of Schofield's decision: "What was the reason that he suddenly felt that he had to go public with this, when a lot of people already knew – I mean, we all sort of knew.

"I thought, 'Why does he have to do that?' It seemed like he was living a fine life everybody who knew him knew he was gay – why does he want to tell everyone, or confess, as it were."

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Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on stage collecting the award for Best Magazine during the 2011 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jason Dononvan (left), who is currently playing "Joseph" in the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", hands over his "dreamcoat" to TV presenter Phillip Schofield at the London Palladium.
Phillip Schofield (left) with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber at the London Palladium. The composer was so impressed with Phillip's performance in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat that he offered him the full-time role from May when Jason Donovan's contract runs out.
TV Presenters phillip schofield and Anthea Turner with The Medieval Babes during a photocall in London today (Sunday) to launch, Happy New Year Live from Edinburgh's Hogmanay, Scottish Television's turn of the year programme. The show will be presented by Schofield and Turner and will feature a range of events from Edinburgh's Hogmanay, the UK's biggest street party. Headline band Texas will play live to a TV audience for the first time and will be supported by a range of nusical acts including The Medieval Babes, Space and the Saw Doctors. Photo by Peter Jordan/PA.
Phillip Schofield, star of the forthcoming show 'Dr Dolittle', stands surrounded by young hopefuls outside the Hammersmith Apollo in west London today (Tuesday) where auditions are being held for the child's role of 'Tommy Stubbins' in the muscial which opens this July. Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA
PA NEWS PHOTO 9/7/98 THE MYTHICAL CREATURE 'PUSHMI-PULLYU' ON STAGE WITH PHILLIP SCHOFIELD, WHO PLAYS THE TITLE ROLE IN THE NEW PRODUCTION OF THE CLASSIC STORY 'DR DOLITTLE', SHOWING AT THE APOLLO THEATRE IN LONDON.
PA NEWS PHOTO 25/11/98 PHILLIP SCHOFIELD WITH CHI CHI THE MONKEY AND BABY PUSHMU PULLYU (FROM DOCTOR DOLITTLE), AT LONDON'S HAMMERSMITH APPOLLO WHERE THE TUBEROUS SCLEROSIS ASSOCIATION LAUNCHED ITS 21ST ANNIVERSARY 5 MILLION CHARITY APPEAL.
TV presenter Phillip Schofield arrives with his wife Stephanie, and children Ruby (right) and Molly for the celebrity film premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at the Odeon Leicester Square in London's West End.
This Morning presenters Phillip Schofield and Fern Brittain arrive for the TV Quick awards at the Dorchester Hotel, in London.
This Morning presenters Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton arrive for the Britsh Soap Awards at BBC TV Centre in west London. Hosted by Paul O'Grady, the show will be broadcast on ITV1.
Phillip Schofield (left) and Holly Willoughby arrive for the British Academy Television Awards, held at the London Palladium, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 20 May 2007. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Phillip Schofield and family arrive for the premiere of 'Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience' at the Empire cinema in Leicester Square, London.
Phillip Schofield with the Entertainment Programme award received for The Cube at the Philips British Academy Television Awards at the Grosvenor House, 90 Park Lane, London.
The Duchess of Cornwall meets Phillip Schofield during a reception for members of the media at Buckingham Palace, London.
Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford backstage at The National Television Awards 2013, The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London.
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby filming at This Morning's original Liverpool dock location celebrating the show's silver anniversary.
Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby and the cast and crew of This Morning collect the best daytime award on stage during the 2014 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby backstage at the National Television Awards 2014, O2 Arena, Greenwich, London.
TV OUT. INTERNET OUT. No cropping permitted. Picture must be credited to ITV. We are advised that videograbs should not be used more than 48 hours after the time of original transmission, without the consent of the copyright holder. Video grab taken from ITV of This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby crying as she and her co-host Phillip Schofield spoke to Amy, an inspirational teenager, who was at Wellington school in Ayr.
Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday April 20 Phillip Schofield models his old technicolour dreamcoat at the Music Rooms in New Cross Gate, London, as he prepares to revive the role for a special short run tour.
Queen Elizabeth II greets Phillip Schofield at a reception for the Queen's Young Leaders Awards at Buckingham Palace in London.
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield with the award for best Live Magazine Show in the press room at the National Television Awards 2017 held at the O2, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
The Prince of Wales (right) with Phillip Schofield and Emilia Fox as they attend the Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards at the London Palladium.
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby present the trophy for The King Edwards VII Stakes during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
(left to right) Ashley Banjo, Jason Gardiner, Phillip Schofield, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean attending the Dancing on Ice Photocall held at the Natural History Museum, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield with their best daytime award for This Morning at the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London.
This Morning presenters (back row left to right) Gok Wan, Lisa Snowdon, (front row left to right) Bryony Blake, Rylan Clark-Neal, Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield and Alison Hammond during a photocall at the ITV Studios, Southbank, London.
Phillip Schofield attending the 14th BGC Annual Charity Day at Canary Wharf in London, in commemoration of BGC's 658 colleagues and the 61 Eurobrokers employees lost on 9/11.
(Left to right) Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley arriving for a Bafta tribute event to This Morning, at Bafta in Piccadilly, London.
Holly Willoughby (left to right), Phillip Schofield, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean (right) during the press launch for the upcoming series of Dancing On Ice at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink in London. Picture date: Tuesday December 18, 2018. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire
Phillip Schofield (left) and Holly Willoughby with the award for best Daytime Show in the Press Room at the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
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The 86-year-old added: "We so take it for granted that people are gay or lesbian or trans or whatever that it seems a little odd to make a big pronouncement."

Nodding, fellow guest KelIy Osbourne responded: "I loved Phillip Schofield when I thought he was straight and I love him now I know he's gay – it makes no difference to me."

Osbourne also said: "It's beautiful to see somebody finally living their truth.

"I think any time, whatever situation is when you don't feel that you can be who you really are, it's a hard place to be.

"To see him come out with his best friend and do it so lovingly on the telly... I watched it and I cried watching that interview.

"Because you just see a weight being lifted off someone's shoulders."

Schofield has been widely praised for his bravery in publicly announcing he is gay after being married to wife Steph for 27 years.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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