Holly Willoughby turns to her mother for support during Phillip Schofield scandal: TV star relaxes on holiday at £8million bolthole in Portugal with her family by her side amid storm over co-host’s affair with young runner
- The ITV star has been pictured out for dinner with her parents and sister
Holly Willoughby is spending half term more than a thousand miles away from the This Morning drama as she holidays with family in Portugal, it has been revealed.
The ITV star has been pictured out for dinner with her parents Linda and Brian, sister Kelly, and three children outside Os Agostinhos in Quarteira, near to her £8million Algarve villa.
An onlooker said Willoughby, 42, appeared to be trying to stay under the radar, wearing a hat and sunglasses.
‘The area is a holiday hotspot for Brits, so she is probably worried about being asked about the This Morning scandal,’ they told The Sun.
‘At one point, Holly spoke at length to a waiter who it seemed like she knew personally. She seemed to be having a great time – unlike her old pal Phillip.’
Holly Willoughby is spending half term more than a thousand miles away from the This Morning drama as she holidays with family in Portugal, it has been revealed (Pictured: Holly on a previous trip)
Holly Willoughby has been spotted on holiday in Portugal. She is pictured with Phillip Schofield on this Morning earlier this month
Schofield was seen today in London for the first time since quitting ITV and This Morning
Willoughby is believed to have spent the week in the 23C sun as the Phillip Schofield scandal deepens.
Schofield, 61, resigned from ITV on Friday and was dropped by his agency YMU after admitting to an ‘unwise, but not illegal’ affair with a younger male colleague.
Willoughby has been silent since putting out an Instagram statement on Saturday which said it had ‘taken time to process yesterday’s news’ following Schofield’s statement, adding: ‘When reports of this relationship first surfaced, I asked Phil directly if this was true and was told it was not. It’s been very hurtful to now find out that this was a lie.’
She is due to return to This Morning next Monday following the half-term break, but former presenter Eamonn Holmes predicted she will not return to the sofa following Schofield’s bombshell exit.
Former ITV commercial director Ian McCulloch also said although it appears she is ‘clinging on’, producers now need to make a clean break and ‘move the show on’.
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on the sofa of ITV’s This Morning earlier this month
On Saturday, Willoughby wrote on Instagram that it had ‘taken time to process yesterday’s news’ following Schofield’s statement
Schofield was also today seen for the first time since he quit ITV nearly a week ago.
The former This Morning presenter was photographed being driven in London while sitting in the back seat of a car next to a woman believed to be his daughter Ruby.
The presenter was spotted as it was revealed Willoughby will be grilled by a top barrister over the scandal – and the show’s past and present presenting teams may also be quizzed about what they knew about his affair.
Alison Hammond, Dermot O’Leary, Eamonn Holmes, Ruth Langsford and Dr Ranj Singh may all be asked to give statements to employment lawyer Jane Mulcahy KC.
An ITV spokesman told MailOnline: ‘We would expect the KC to be able to ask to talk to anyone she considers relevant in order to conduct the review’.
In a humiliating climbdown after a crisis staff meeting, the broadcaster said it was bringing in a barrister to ‘carry out an external review to establish the facts’.
Since Schofield’s resignation, the show has been plagued by allegations of ‘toxicity’ – which has also impacted Willoughby’s standing.
Producers have also faced guests turning down offers to appear on This Morning – and its biggest sponsor, car dealer Arnold Clark, has confirmed it will not be renewing an existing multi-million-pound deal with the channel in autumn.