Phillip Schofield’s controversial statement about his relationship with This Morning co-star Holly Willoughby may be a sign he is “possessive” of his ITV pal, an expert has claimed.
Dr Sandra Wheatley, a chartered member of the BPS and social psychologist working as a consultant for Potent, gave her opinion on the emotional statement in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.
Phillip, 61, issued a long statement yesterday, which appeared to address reports of a growing rift between himself and Holly, 42.
In the statement, he claimed “Holly is my rock” – despite news that the pair barely speak behind the scenes anymore.
Analysing this part of the statement, Dr Wheatley explained: “What he is doing here is reaffirming, if you want to put a positive spin on it, that he depends on her.
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“That they have been close historically and that he feels they should continue to be close.”
However, she went on to suggest: “In a way it’s kind of like he’s possessive of her if you look at it from a more negative perspective.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Phillip’s representatives for comment.
It comes after the presenter confessed to the Sun last night that “the last few weeks haven’t been easy for either of us.”
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“I think that pretty much speaks for itself,” Dr Wheatley reasoned. “It explains why the relationship might have floundered a little.
“All of us who have good friends can relate to this that in times of difficulty for ourselves when our friends are pulled much more in one direction than another, that’s not to say that’s a bad thing.”
Phillip has been under a lot of stress, recently having to take three weeks off from the show in March after his brother Timothy Schofield, 54, was found guilty of 11 offences involving a child between 2016 and 2019.
The star, whose brother is due to be sentenced next week, added in the statement: “My family went through a real ordeal.
“And Holly’s support throughout meant the world to me, as did the support of my bosses at ITV, my editor Martin Frizell and the whole This Morning family, including our amazing viewers. And of course Holly has herself been ill with shingles.”
A source branded the statement a ‘desperate’ move by Phillip, as rumours grow that Holly is thinking of moving on from him.
“This is desperate stuff from Phil. He knows the relationship has been strained,” the source told the publication.
Express.co.uk contacted Phillip’s representatives for comment at the time.
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