PHILLIP Schofield tried not to cry today when he met the stars of LGBTQ+ teen drama Heartstopper on This Morning.
The TV star, who announced he was gay in February 2020, heaped praise on the coming-of-age romance from Netflix.
The presenter and his co-host Holly Willoughby spoke to rising stars Joe Locke and Kit Connor, who play two teenage boys falling in love.
Phil, 60, spoke about the struggle to fit in and to be accepted by other people, and said that the series showed there could be an alternative.
After watching the first episode that aired on Friday night, he said: "There were good friends, There were understanding families.
"It's the world that you want it to be, you want that friendship group, you want that acceptance, in every school and life.
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"There's no question that not everyone who has these internal views is going to get such a positive reaction."
The hugely popular star has only opened up about his sexuality a handful of times after coming out to fans on This Morning two years ago.
In one exclusive interview with The Sun on Sunday, he said he tried to hide his feelings while leading the “perfect life” as a married dad of two with a glittering TV career.
Admitting he knew he was gay when he got married to wife Steph 29 years ago, he said: "Whatever was ‘there’ I thought, ‘OK, whatever this is, you stay back because I am happy’.
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"If you ask anyone who is gay, they know — there is no confusion."
Viewers have also shared their admiration for Heartstopper on social media, with particular enthusiasm being directed towards the two lead actors and the show's inclusivity.
One fan penned: "I’ve never seen such beautiful LGBT representation on tv before.
"I couldn’t stop watching and was brought to tears with how real it felt.
"Incredible job to everyone that worked on this. And obviously 1000% recommend to everyone".
Another said: "The portrayals and the storyline perfectly represented the LGBTQIA+ Community."
Adapted from a graphic novel by Alice Oseman, Heartstopper follows a teen romance between Nick (Kit Connor) and Charlie (Joe Locke), two students at a grammar school.
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The series has achieved a perfect 100 per score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Heartstopper is streaming on Netflix now.
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