HOLLY Willoughby and Phillip Schofield put on braves faces as they returned to This Morning today after it’s revealed they’re “barely speaking.”
The presenting duo kicked off the show dancing and laughing together but failed to mention their reported issues – leaving fans baffled.
Yesterday The Sun told how insiders said their 14-year relationship has “cooled” as issues have “rumbled for some time” on the ITV show
But the pair did their best to ignore the reports as they went on to test out fake tans together.
A source said of Holly, 42, and Phil, 61: “Should he leave, she’d want to stay.”
The pair have presented the hit ITV daytime show for 14 years but in recent months their partnership has come under strain.
Sources say issues have been quietly rumbling for some time and Holly has distanced herself from Phil off camera.
His absence following his paedophile brother’s recent court case has added to the strain.
A source said: “Holly adores This Morning and for the first time in 14 years she has made it clear that should Phil ever leave she would want to stay. They are separate entities.
“To those around them on set, it has become clear recently that Holly and Phil are not as close as they once were.
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“Professionally you would have no idea there was anything going on because on camera they are acting exactly the same.
“But behind the scenes their relationship has cooled.
“Before there would be a lot of banter and camaraderie off camera but that has dwindled.”
Holly took over from Fern Britton in 2009.
Phil lobbied ITV bosses to bring her on board following their success presenting Dancing On Ice which began three years earlier.
Their partnership also became successful off screen as they regularly holidayed with their extended families.
Holly also became Phil’s “rock” when he came out as gay live on This Morning in February 2020.