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

Danny Thompson

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)
Joan Collins at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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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.”

Holly Wiloughby and Phillip Schofield with the award for award for best live magazine in the Press Room during the National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield with the award for best live magazine at the National Television Awards. (Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

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.

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"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.