Published On: Fri, May 7th, 2021

Phillip Schofield enjoys lunch with pals after TikTok user’s Snapchat claims

Phillip Schofield was spotted stepping out for long lunch with friends in west London on Thursday, as he enjoyed some downtime.

The This Morning presenter, 59, indulged with his pals days after it emerged that a TikTok user, 21, claimed to have exchanged messages with the star over Snapchat.

Oldham-born Phillip looked relaxed and happy as he headed to Chiswick’s upscale Villa Di Geggiano, before scrolling through his phone on departing the restaurant. 

Fine dining: Phillip Schofield was spotted stepping out for long lunch with friends in west London on Thursday, as he enjoyed some downtime.

Joined by two women and one man, the beloved TV personality looked casually cool for the outing, donning a dark coat with faded jeans and a button-down shirt.

Rounding out his look with a pair of black suede Chelsea boots, the star enjoyed a spot of imaginary football at a bus shelter with one of his pals before heading home. 

During lunch, Schofield took to Instagram to share a snap of the small group’s selection of drinks, as he wrote: ‘Lunch/dinner Sooo good to be able to do this.’

And the star showed that he wasn’t willing to let the great British weather dampen his spirit, as he shared a snapshot of the rain-soaked ground. 

Stepping out: Oldham-born Phillip looked relaxed and happy as he headed to Chiswick's upscale Villa Di Geggiano restaurant

Stepping out: Oldham-born Phillip looked relaxed and happy as he headed to Chiswick’s upscale Villa Di Geggiano restaurant

Casually cool: The beloved TV personality looked casually cool for the outing, donning a dark coat with faded jeans and a button-down shirt

Casually cool: The beloved TV personality looked casually cool for the outing, donning a dark coat with faded jeans and a button-down shirt

Footwear: The This Morning presenter rounded out his look with black suede Chelsea boots

Footwear: The This Morning presenter rounded out his look with black suede Chelsea boots

Lockdown: The group enjoyed their outing as lockdown restrictions slowly ease across the UK

Lockdown: The group enjoyed their outing as lockdown restrictions slowly ease across the UK

Explaining the image, he added the caption: ‘When the cover decides that it can’t hold the rain anymore… on my head.’

His outing comes after Oli O’Toole, 21, from Manchester, claimed to have been sharing messages over Snapchat with Phillip for three years. 

Making the revelation in a TikTok video, Oli sang along to Miley Cyrus track Ordinary Girl as he shared the alleged correspondence between him and the host. 

According to the social media user, he started messaging Phillip in 2017 when he was 17 with the pair continuing their interaction until last year.

Oli posted on TikTok: ‘Me when people find out me and Phillip Schofield Snapchat.’ 

Chat: The TV star and his friends chatted and laughed with one another as they stood outside

Chat: The TV star and his friends chatted and laughed with one another as they stood outside

As you do...: At one point, Phillip and his friend displayed their playful side as they indulged in a spot of imaginary football

A draw: Given that the game was imaginary, it was difficult to declare a winner

As you do…: At one point, Phillip and his friend displayed their playful side as they indulged in a spot of imaginary football

Supporters: The other two friends in the group looked on amused as the star got into his game

Supporters: The other two friends in the group looked on amused as the star got into his game

Letting his hair down: Thursdays mark the end of the week for Schofield on This Morning, as the popular ITV show is presented by Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary on Fridays

Letting his hair down: Thursdays mark the end of the week for Schofield on This Morning, as the popular ITV show is presented by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary on Fridays

Good times: During lunch, Schofield took to Instagram to share a snap of the small group's selection of drinks, as he wrote, 'Lunch/dinner Sooo good to be able to do this'

Rain, rain, go away! And the star showed that he wasn't willing to let the great British weather dampen his spirit, as he shared a snapshot of the rain-soaked ground

Good times: During lunch, Schofield took to Instagram to share a snap of the small group’s selection of drinks, as he wrote, ‘Lunch/dinner Sooo good to be able to do this’

In reference to his unexpected conversation with the TV star, Oli mouthed the lyrics: ‘Wish that they could see that underneath.

‘I’m just an ordinary girl. Sometimes I’m lazy. I get bored, I get scared, I feel ignored, I feel happy, I get silly, I choke on my own words.’

He captioned the video that has over 28K likes on TikTok: ‘I see the envy #foryou #funny #phillipschofield #snapchat #famous.’ 

A representative for Phillip and a spokeswoman at This Morning declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.

To dispel any disbelievers, Oli shared a screen grab of Phillip’s verified Snapchat profile to the TikTok video. 

'Me and Phillip Schofield Snapchat': The outing comes days after a TikTok user claimed he exchanged messages Schofield in a clip posted to the video-sharing app

‘Me and Phillip Schofield Snapchat’: The outing comes days after a TikTok user claimed he exchanged messages Schofield in a clip posted to the video-sharing app 

Chat: Oli O'Toole, 21, sang along to Miley Cyrus track Ordinary Girl as he shared the alleged correspondence between him and the This Morning host, 59, which took place over Snapchat

'February 2020': The alleged messages between Oli and Phillip date back to April 2017 but screen grabs from Oli's TikTok video show they continued until 2020

Chat: Oli O’Toole, 21, sang along to Miley Cyrus track Ordinary Girl as he shared the alleged correspondence between him and the This Morning host, 59, which took place over Snapchat

The picture showed the ITV presenter’s username ‘phillipschofe’ and his profile photo as a cartooned image of his face.

Phillip, who’s a dad to daughters Molly, 28, and Ruby, 25, from his marriage to wife Stephanie Lowe, 57, noted on his Snapchat bio that he’s a ‘Film/TV personality.’ 

The Dancing On Ice host has 3million Snapchat subscribers and jokily says on his profile: ‘Don’t send me pictures of blackness just to lift your score and don’t send me pics of your fecking ceiling. And I love you but don’t do streaks.’

Phillip is one of ITV’s biggest stars having hosted This Morning for 14 years. 

Last year, he came out live on the daytime show in emotional scenes with co-presenter Holly Willoughby, 40.

The real deal: To dispel any disbelievers, Oli shared a screen grab of Phillip's verified Snapchat profile to the TikTok video that now has over 28K likes

The real deal: To dispel any disbelievers, Oli shared a screen grab of Phillip’s verified Snapchat profile to the TikTok video that now has over 28K likes 

'I love you but don't do streaks': Phillip, who's a dad to daughters Molly and Ruby from his marriage to wife Stephanie Lowe noted on his Snapchat bio that he's a 'Film/TV personality'

‘I love you but don’t do streaks’: Phillip, who’s a dad to daughters Molly and Ruby from his marriage to wife Stephanie Lowe noted on his Snapchat bio that he’s a ‘Film/TV personality’ 

Phillip vowed that he, his wife Stephanie and their two daughters ‘will always be a family.’

On Instagram, he said: ‘You never know what’s going on in someone’s seemingly perfect life, what issues they are struggling with, or the state of their wellbeing – and so you won’t know what has been consuming me for the last few years. 

‘With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.’ 

Phillip, who remains married to Stephanie, moved out of his Oxfordshire family home and into a central London flat following the shock announcement. 

Honest: Last year, Phillip came out on This Morning with the support of Holly Willoughby and later vowed that he, his wife Stephanie and their daughters 'will always be a family'

Honest: Last year, Phillip came out on This Morning with the support of Holly Willoughby and later vowed that he, his wife Stephanie and their daughters ‘will always be a family’

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