She knew nothing about it.
In the aftermath of the rumours suggesting that Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby had fallen out, she was reportedly ‘blindsided’ after Phil made a shocking statement.
Addressing the ‘tension’ between the two This Morning hosts, Phil told The Sun: “The last few weeks haven’t been easy for either of us. As I have said before, Holly is my rock.
“We’re the best of friends — as always, she is an incredible support on screen, behind the scenes and on the phone. Holly has always been there for me, through thick and thin. And I’ve been there for her.”
A source told The Mirror that they may appear close on screen, but things behind the scenes are completely different.
The duo has had multiple issues in the past but always managed to work through them. However, Holly has firmly distanced herself from Schofield recently.
Now it appears that Holly knew nothing about Phil’s statement and has been blindsided following the reports that their friendship is over.
The team behind This Morning is aware of the rift between them and has noticed the pair drift apart since the queue-skipping scandal and Schofield’s brother’s court case.
Timothy Schofield, 54, was charged with 11 sexual offences involving a child between October 2016 and October 2019.
A jury found him guilty on all counts after more than 5.5 hours of deliberation.
He denied the charges but was convicted of three counts of causing a child to watch sexual activity, three counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, three counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and two counts of sexual activity with a child.
The rift could cause one of the presenters to leave This Morning.
The source said Holly loves working on This Morning, but “she has made it clear that should Phil ever leave she would want to stay”.
The Mirror source said: “Holly and Phil have gone through rough patches before like any professional pairing who have worked together for over a decade. Before they have always seemed to move on, but this time it seems different.”