Holly Willoughby tears up discussing relationship with Phillip Schofield amid ‘feud’ claims

It was recently claimed their relationship is 'strained'

TV’s Holly Willoughby fought back tears as she discussed her relationship with Phillip Schofield.

It was recently claimed that the pair’s friendship was cooling behind-the-scenes at This Morning – an allegation that ITV denied.

During a press conference for the next series of Dancing On Ice on Monday evening, Holly opened up about how long she’s been working alongside Phil.

Holly got emotional discussing her relationship with Phil (Credit: Wenn)

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She said: “Phil and I met on this show. There’s a lot of history. You’re going to set me off,” as she began getting emotional.

“My kids really love the show as well. I get quite emotional thinking about it, that all of them were carried in my tummy on this show and when we finished I always went off and had the babies.

Phil and I met on this show. There’s a lot of history.

“So now it’s really nice because they love it and I tend to split it, I bring one of them each week, they come for the whole day and sit through the rehearsals.

“It’s really nice. It’s a real family show.”

In a separate interview with BBC’s Newsbeat, the pair hit back at suggestions of a rift.

Phil insisted he and Holly are “best friends” (Credit: ITV)

Holly said: “You couldn’t do the amount of hours of TV that we do with each other without getting on.”

Phil added: “We have such a laugh. We’re best mates, she’s like the sister I never had. I just adore working with her, she’s just perfect.”

It comes after ITV called reports Phil had been ‘feuding’ with his co-stars “deeply disappointing and unfair”.

According to The Sun, a source claimed Holly and Phil’s relationship has “become strained in recent months”.

It was even claimed that Ruth Langsford had made an official complaint against Phil, 57.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield
A source claimed Holly and Phil’s relationship has “become strained in recent months” (Credit: ITV)

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However, in a statement, an ITV spokesperson said: “It’s deeply disappointing and unfair for Phillip to be the target of this sort of malicious gossip.

“Phillip is a much respected broadcaster and colleague and this is absolutely not a description of This Morning that we recognise.

“Holly and Phil are great friends both on and off screen and are popular among viewers and colleagues alike.”

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