Phillip Schofield claims that although his daughters had been “guarding” him during the repercussions, his wife was “very, very angry” about his romance with a younger male colleague.
The former ITV presenter, 61, said that his daughters Ruby and Molly were “my greatest asset” during his first interview since the disclosure of the relationship.
He admitted to The Sun that he had previously informed his wife Stephanie Lowe that he had refuted rumours of the romance when she had enquired about them.
Recalling breaking the news to her 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.”
He added: “She is very, very angry but we spoke today. And my daughters were unbelievable.
“They are without question, our greatest asset. I always say our, but from a father’s point of view, my greatest asset are my girls.”
In addition, Schofield said that in the days following the revelation of the affair, his daughters had come to “look after” him.
“If it hadn’t been for my girls last week I wouldn’t be here,” he told The Sun.
“I know I deserve it but they said, ‘Don’t you dare, we’re here to look after you’.
“I’ve had such a shit couple of years, and with this ultimate final cataclysm, I looked ahead at nothing and the girls said, ‘Don’t, we are here to look after you. Don’t you dare do it on our watch’.
“And that took me one step back and they won’t leave me alone. They were guarding me.”
According to The Sun, Ruby Schofield, Schofield’s daughter, was there for the 90-minute interview.