Phillip Schofield ‘social distances’ on walk with a friend after angering fans by visiting family in lockdown – The Sun

PHILLIP Schofield told fans he was 'social distancing' today as he walked with a friend after facing backlash for visiting his family in lockdown.

The This Morning presenter, 58, looked happy in a selfie on Instagram this afternoon, after admitting the government's latest lockdown update had left him confused.

The star wrote alongside his photo: "First socially distanced walk with a mate!

"Thank you @sischofe .. last person I had a drink with before the wheels fell off, first I’ve seen as we try to reattach them!"

And one disgruntled fan sniped back: "So you really weren’t as confused by the rules as you tried to make out this week then"

However, others loved seeing Phil smiling and in good spirits, as one remarked: "Did the same with my bestie yesterday 😍"

And one more said: "You look so happy. Hope you had a great time."

In a passionate rant on This Morning last week, Phil and his co-host Holly Willoughby told viewers how Boris Johnson's nationwide address had left them baffled.

Phillip said: "We've got to start this morning in a state of utter confusion after last night's address to the nation by Boris Johnson. His speech created more questions than answers."

Holly continued: "I think we're just about holding on we've all done so well. We've all done exactly as we've been told.

"We were doing so well to keep our spirits up, to keep going, but when there is this level of confusion, it knocks you back."

In his coronavirus speech, the Prime Minister spoke of reopening garden centres, easing lockdown measures and urged some Brits to return to work.

Boris encouraged construction and manufacturing workers to head back to work, but revealed that documents on how to keep businesses safe would be coming in the next few days.

He said: "We now need to stress that anyone who can’t work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work."

However, he urged workers to avoid public transport and continue to social distance.

He added: "We want it to be safe for you to get to work. So you should avoid public transport if at all possible – because we must and will maintain social distancing, and capacity will therefore be limited."

Meanwhile, Phillip has moved into a London apartment after leaving the Oxfordshire home he shared with wife Stephanie and daughters Molly, 27, and Ruby, 24.

Last week, he reunited with his loved ones at the £2milllion pile and took a fun group shot in its sunny back garden.

He wrote on Instagram: "Murder mystery night… we’re all in character and taking it very seriously."

However, fans were unhappy with his update as Brits continued to abide by lockdown rules.

One said beneath his post: "I thought scofe moved out? I wish I could go to see my family 😢 seven weeks now"

The Mail reported that Phillip's new pad has views of the Shard as he continues commuting to ITV's studios in White City.

Phillip moved out of the house and into a London flat after coming out as gay.

The TV star announced his sexuality in February in an emotional Instagram post before discussing it live on his ITV daytime show while sitting beside Holly Willoughby.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun at the time, Phillip admitted he knew he was gay when he married Steph.

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