PHILLIP Schofield was spotted drinking with his alleged gay lover in 2015, internet footage suggests.
Mathew McGreevy, then 19 was spotted with the popular daytime host in an internet prank video by YouTuber JackJonesTV who was popular in the mid-2000s.
WATCH: SCHOFE AND THE GOPHER CAUGHT IN BAR TOGETHER IN BACK IN 2015
This is not the first time the pair had been together. In 2014 – before he landed the plush runner job on the hit daytime show McGreevy, then 18 ‘got a taste for Television’ spending the day with Phil and his co-host Holly Willoughby after being invited for an ‘access all areas’ tour at ITV’s then London Studios.
Mathew toldThe Manchester Evening News at the time: “I couldn’t believe how everything was done so quickly and I learnt a lot from Philip Schofield”
“I am very new to TV, and I am always learning. I have learnt a lot from The 2 faced Theatre Academy and they have opened many doors for me.”
After the trip, Phillip followed McGreavy on Twitter and Mathew tweeted at the host: “@Schofe hey phillip, thanks for following me, how are you?”
According to WattsApp messages from a show insider, McGreevy was said to be “furious” that Schofe had apparently ‘f*cked him over’ and he was reportedly going to go to the press.
Mathew was said to have had a ‘close working-relationship’ with Schofe and after he had a ‘bust up’ with the host he left This Morning to work on rival show Loose Women.
A show insider told The Daily Star Sunday: “Lots of people who work at This Morning have known Phillip is gay for a few years.”
“It was an open secret among the team but none of them would have ever said anything about it publicly,” and according to one source, he often took younger gay guys “under his wing” and became a mentor to them.
They said: “Phillip is a very caring guy. Over the years he has supported others who are gay and made sure they feel comfortable to be themselves.
“There was one runner who was struggling to deal with his sexuality and Phillip was quick to offer support and become a mentor for him.”