Phillip Schofield ‘buys £2million bachelor pad’ near Holly Willoughby’s home after ‘plans to divorce wife’

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Phillip Schofield has reportedly splashed out on a £2million bachelor pad, after coming out as gay.

This Morning presenter Phillip, 58, has reportedly bought the property in Chiswick, west London, which is nearby his co-host Holly Willoughby’s home – as well as Declan Donnelly’s pad and the home Lisa Armstrong shared with Ant McPartlin.

Phillip was snapped leaving his apparent new home on a bicycle alongside Holly, 39, in photographs obtained by Mail Online.

Meanwhile the TV star’s reported new neighbours revealed they had regularly seen the presenter, who recently announced he had written an autobiography, around the area since he was seen moving in two weeks ago.

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Phillip is said to also have been seen frequenting pubs on the banks of River Thames, which lies a short distance from his home.

One neighbour told the publication: “It’s caused quite a stir since he’s moved in and got people very excited. He seems like a very nice man and quite normal. You see him walking or cycling mainly and he smiles every time he goes past.”

While another added: “There’s quite a few famous people already living around here so Phillip Schofield moving in is not a big deal. A lot of people have been talking about it, but nobody bothers him. He’s a lovely bloke and I’m sure he’ll enjoy living in our community.”

Phillip and Stephanie were recently reported to have been planning to build a new second home at their family home in Oxfordshire.

Speaking of the plans, a source told The Sun Online: “Phillip and Steph are getting on really well and are in no rush to make any big decisions.

“This annex can be used by any member of the family at any time — and is a great investment long-term, adding value to the property.”

It was later revealed that Phillip is set to divorce his wife Stephanie.

Speaking to The Sun, an insider claimed: “Phillip and Steph have had a lot of hard, painful conversations over the past ten months but remain as tight and devoted to one another as ever.

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“She has been so supportive, and he won't skip off into the sunset now and abandon her. At the same time, he has no desire to become embroiled in a bitter and costly divorce battle.”

They continued: “Phillip is in no hurry to meet someone new, but obviously the D-word [divorce] has now been mooted, albeit in very loose and casual terms.

“His earning power is at an all-time high, and Steph is entitled to half.

“He is not disputing this — all he wants in return is her ongoing loyalty… and discretion. His family is his No1 priority and that will never change.”

Phillip and Stephanie married in 1993 and share two grown-up children, Molly and Ruby, together.

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