Holly Willoughby couldn't look happier on holiday amid Phillip Schofield fallout

Holly Willoughby appeared totally carefree as she walked along the beach just hours after her former This Morning co-star Phillip Schofield revealed they are no longer on speaking terms.

The 42-year-old presenter is currently holidaying in Portugal with her family ahead of her return to the ITV daytime programme next week, which will see her host alongside Josie Gibson.

In new pictures, Holly couldn’t have looked happier as she frolicked on the beach with her friends with a beer in hand.

Dressed in a black scoop neck top and shorts and accessorising with a sun hat and shades, the mum-of-three grinned from ear to ear while leisurely walking barefoot on the sand.

In another photograph, Holly was seen handing over a pint to a friend as they enjoyed bathing in the sun.

Snapshots of Holly’s chilled holiday come after Phil confirmed they were no longer in contact after he admitted to having an ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair with a young runner on This Morning and quit ITV with ‘immediate effect.’

During a recent interview with The Sun, Phil also apologised to Holly for lying to her about his relationship

Speaking to the publication, he said: ‘I’ve lost my best friend. I let her (Holly) down. I let that entire show down. I let the viewers down.

‘Holly did not know (about the affair) and she was one of the first texts that I sent, to say: “I am so, so sorry that I lied to you”.

‘She didn’t reply and I understand why she didn’t reply, as well. So yeah. If anyone is in any way linking Holly to this; that is ­absolutely, wholly untrue.’

Not long after Phil’s remarks, Holly posted on her wellness company Wylde Moon’s Instagram page.

She published selfie on the social media site with wet hair and captioned the post: ‘We all love the sunshine, but it can do some sneaky damage to our hair if we don’t protect it.

‘Holly’s hair-guru @cilerpeksah_hairstylist is here with her professional tips to make sure your hair stays safe all summer long. Tap the link in bio to see how to protect yours from the sun, the sea, and the swimming pools.’

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Before Phil’s relationship with a runner was confirmed, there had been rumours of a fallout between Holly and Phil, claiming that the once-firm friends were ‘barely speaking’ behind the scenes of This Morning.

At the time, he had denied the rift.

Holly has not been presenting This Morning since the scandal broke after taking an early half-term break but will return next week.

It was previously reported that she could be questioned over Phil’s scandal in an external ITV review, alongside the likes of Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary.

Phillip Schofield’s tell-all interview: The key points

Phillip Schofield bared all in interviews with The Sun and BBC amid the fallout of confessing to an affair with a This Morning runner. Here is what he said:

‘I did not groom him’

Schofield insists he is not a groomer, saying that while he met the former colleague while he was a teenager, their interactions were innocent and only became sexual when the runner was around 20/21 years old.

He said it never felt like an ‘abuse of power’ because they were ‘mates’.

The affair began in 2017

He has said that the affair began after a ‘consensual moment’ in his dressing room.

‘It was not a love affair, it was not a relationship, we were not boyfriends; we were mates,’ he insisted. ‘It wasn’t feelings (I was getting), it was more like mates: excitement.’

His wife is ‘very, very angry’

The affair took place while Schofield was married to wife Stephanie Lowe, with whom he shares two daughters.

On the moment he told his wife, he said: ‘She got off a plane and I phoned her up and texted saying, “I need to talk to you”. She called back and I told her. She was very, very angry.’

Schofield still wears his wedding ring, but explained that he and Stephanie are ‘separated’.

His daughters saved his life

Schofield confessed to feeling suicidal amid the fallout of his affair and the ‘relentless’ media attention.

His two daughters – Molly, 29, and Ruby, 27 – have been ‘afraid’ to leave his side and warned him: ‘Don’t you dare do this on our watch.’

‘If it hadn’t been for my girls last week, I wouldn’t be here.’

He has apologised to Holly Willoughby

After rumours of a fallout between the pair and after Holly Willoughby said she was lied to by Schofield after asking him about his affair, he has apologised to his former co-presenter.

He said: ‘I’ve lost my best friend. I let her down (Holly). I let that entire show down. I let the viewers down.

‘Holly did not know (about the romance). And she was one of the first texts that I sent, to say, “I am so, so sorry that I lied to you”.’

He will ‘die sorry’ to the runner he had the affair with

‘I have massive guilt, and regret. I’ve made a mistake, I’ve had an affair at work. I think my greatest apology must go to him. It has brought the greatest misery into his totally innocent life, his totally innocent family, his totally innocent friends. 

‘It has brought the greatest grief to them.’

The colleague has not been named in the press for his privacy.

No pay-offs

Schofield denied allegations that the runner received hush money from ITV, saying the promotion he got wasn’t to ‘move him on’ but because of his own talents.

He also insisted that the young man did not sign an NDA preventing him from speaking out.

Comparing age gap backlash to ‘homophobia’

‘So yeah, there’s a difference. It’s accepted by Leonardo DiCaprio, it’s not accepted if it’s in the gay world,’ he said of age differences.

‘Attraction is attraction. It’s no different in the gay world as it is in the heterosexual world or in the lesbian world. There shouldn’t be a difference. This is where homophobia comes in.’

Eamonn Holmes is an ‘angry’ man

After Eamonn Holmes made a series of strong allegations against Schofield, he said the Irish TV presenter is just ‘angry’ he’s not on This Morning anymore.

He also continuously denied that This Morning is ‘toxic’.

Doesn’t think he’ll work in TV again

Schofield said it ‘breaks [my] heart’ to talk about TV in the past tense, but he doesn’t see a way back for him.

‘I do not think I will be able to walk down a street ever again. It is like everybody knows.

‘I’ve lost everything. It’s all gone,’ he said frankly.

‘Telly was my safe space, the one thing I loved. Now I don’t know if I will ever work on telly again.’

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