Phillip Schofield has revealed how RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage was a support to him after he came out publicly earlier this year.
Prior to the country going into lockdown a month later, Phillip went out with Michelle after she messaged him to check how he was.
Speaking on Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast, Phillip praised the former Strictly Come Dancing contestant for being “one of those really compassionate, kind people”.
He said: “She was one of those people that messaged me. ‘Right,’ she said, ‘I’m going to take you out for coffee. We’ve got to talk. I want to make sure you’re okay.’
“We went out, and I said, ‘I feel like I’ve joined a club, but I don’t know whether I’ve got the right credentials. I don’t know. Can I put a rainbow after stuff that I’ve said?’ And she said, ‘Of course you can.’”
Revealing the advice the proud LGBTQ+ ally gave him during their meeting, where he admitted feeling like he didn’t know “what I can and can’t do”, Phillip continued: “Michelle said, ‘You’re beating yourself up for no reason. Welcome to the club. And what’s more, you have made a massive difference to people who also didn’t realise that they perhaps could have membership to that club.’
Phillip and Michelle had previously shared their affection for one another on social media, after she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2015.
When she was in the house, Phillip tweeted: “I actually love #Michelle and I think she’d make a great friend. #CBB.”
She later replied to him, saying: “hey @schofe THANK YOU for the support and kind words. you are truly MY silver fox. rawr.”
— Phillip Schofield (@Schofe) January 11, 2015
hey @Schofe THANK YOU for the support and kind words. you are truly MY silver fox. rawr.
— michelle visage (@michellevisage) February 8, 2015
The full interview with Phillip appears on this week’s episode of Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast, available to stream now.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.