Phillip Schofield in tears as he gets first LGBT Award subsequent to coming out at 57

Phillip Schofield was full of emotion as he accepted a special award ahead of the LGBT Awards on Friday night.

The This Morning presenter, who bravely came out last year with the support of his wife and daughters, delivered a very emotional video message as he received a special recognition award from the organisers.

While the glitzy award ceremony hasn’t yet been held, the TV star recorded a video message due to being unable to attend the star-studded party in person on Friday night.

The 59-year-old fought back the tears as he also revealed he has never won any award on his own since starting out in TV almost 40 years ago.

In 2020, Phillip took ITV viewers by surprise as he announced that he was gay during a live episode of This Morning, sat alongside co-host and friend Holly Willoughby as he opened up about his sexuality with the public.

In the acceptance video for his first ever LGBT Award, that will be aired at tonight’s ceremony, Phil began: “Wow. This is a biggie. What a proud moment for me personally,” the star said as he began his video acceptance speech.

“I’ve never won any award individually. Any award you win as a team that’s there propping you up and definitely that’s the case with this one.

The star continued: “I had the most extraordinary people that helped me pack the parachute before the jump. Friends and family, loved ones and then there were an enormous amount of rainbow arms outstretched to catch me when I reached the bottom of my jump.”

The Dancing on Ice presenter also admitted he was overwhelmed by the love and support he has received from the LGBTQ+ community since coming out as a gay man in 2020.

While Philip is unable to attend the glitzy awards due to being out of the country, there will be no shortage of famous faces on the red carpet on Friday night.

Hosted by Gok Wan and Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK winner, Lawrence Chaney the LGBT Awards will take place at The Brewery in London and will be jam-packed with celebrities and big names.

Pop stars Ellie Goulding and Anne-Marie are due to attend the popular event, as well as Spice Girl Mel C, Denise Welch, Alesha Dixon and more famous faces.

Amongst the nominees up for an award are Sam Smith, actress Jodie Comer and singer Harry Styles.

The X Files actress Gillian Anderson, Queer Eye’s Tan France and Fleabag actor Andrew Scott are all up for Celebrity of the Year, while Drag Race judge Michelle Visage and comedian Jennifer Saunders are just two of the nominees for the Celebrity Ally prize.

The LGBT Awards are the UK’s biggest LGBTQ+ awards event celebrates the best British and international LGBTQ+ talent, as well as the allies and organisations who support them.

The awards have a global appeal, with one of this year’s nominees being a former presidential candidate.

Hillary Clinton is one of the huge international names up for the Global Ally award.

The 2021 LGBT Awards take place on Friday night.

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