Simon Cowell praises Phillip Schofield for coming out and says he wouldn't hide sexuality

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Simon Cowell attends "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Live Show Red Carpet at Dolby Theatre on September 17, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Simon Cowell attends America's Got Talent Season 14 Live Show Red Carpet in September 2019. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Simon Cowell has praised Phillip Schofield for coming out as gay while also revealing how he was frequently questioned about his sexuality earlier in his career.

Sharing his support for Schofield, the music mogul recalled interviews in the past where he would be asked if he was gay, to which he would tell them there was nothing wrong with being gay and he would not hide it.

“It makes me laugh, because 20 years ago I would be doing interviews and the first question would be, ‘Are you gay?’ and I would say, ‘No’,” he said on talkRadio on Sunday.

“They would say, ‘Yes you are!’ and I’d go, ‘Do you honestly think it would be a problem if I was? And that I would hide it like there is something wrong?’ I told them, ‘If I was, I would tell you.’”

Simon Cowell arrives at the "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Kickoff at the Pasadena City Auditorium on Monday, March 11, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
Simon Cowell arrives at the America's Got Talent Season 14 kickoff in March 2019. (Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

He added: “But it used to crack me up that it was seen as something bad you would have to hide.

“To that point, I think it is a very positive thing [with Schofield]. You’ve seen the support he has got, because nobody cares.”

Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman at the press night opening for "& Juliet" held at The Shaftesbury Theatre on November 20, 2019 in London, England, UK.
Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman at the press night opening for & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, in November 2019. (zz/KGC-254/STAR MAX/IPx)

Schofield came out as gay earlier this month in an Instagram post shortly before appearing on This Morning to discuss his announcement with friend and co-star Holly Willoughby.

Cowell added: “I’ve worked on films, TV, in music and probably 50% of the people I have worked with are gay, have been gay, whatever.

"It’s not even a conscious thought any more."

Schofield has been married to wife Stephanie Lowe for 27 years and the pair share two adult daughters, Ruby and Molly, together.

She has vowed to stand by her husband, having shared that she loves him and "always will".

Phillip Schofield has been supported  by his wife Stephanie. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Phillip Schofield and his wife Stephanie Lowe. (Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)

Skating professional Matt Evers later told Heart.co.uk that Schofield stopped rehearsals to address the “elephant in the room”.

"It was a really nice atmosphere in the studio,” he said.

“I think at one point in production he stopped rehearsals and said ‘I just need to say this, I don’t want to be the elephant in the room any more, if you want to give me a hug, give me a hug.’”

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