Steps singer Ian 'H' Watkins has led a host celebrities who have publicly supported Phillip Schofield after he announced he is gay.

Ian H Watkins

Ian H Watkins

The openly gay 43-year-old singer - who is currently participating in the first same-sex partnership on 'Dancing on Ice' - applauded Phillip, who is a co-host on the ITV figure skating competition, for coming out on his show 'This Morning' on Friday morning (07.02.30).

Sharing a photo of the pair alongside his dance partner Matt Evers and Phillip's co-star Holly Willoughby he wrote: "Bravo Phillip for your honesty ... Coming out is difficult but your family, friends and fans will be proud of you being your authentic self ... I'm proud of your bravery.. Welcome officially to our beautiful rainbow family! We and our ally's will keep you safe xx #lgbtq #lgbt (sic)"

Matt also took to Twitter to show his support for his friend, who he has worked with on 'Dancing On Ice' since 2006.

The 43-year-old professional ice skater wrote: "Thank you

@Schofe for your bravery and honesty. Being your friend and colleague for the past 15 years I'm sending you and your family all the love and support. #loveislove (sic)"

Whilst, 'Dancing on Ice' judge John Barrowman praised Phil and his family for their strength by sharing a heartwarming post on Instagram.

The 'Doctor Who' actor's post read: "So proud of you and your family Phillip. Welcome to your truth and authentic self. The nation loves you for who you because you are @schofe Can't wait to hug you and don't worry we got your back we are #LGBTQ+strong welcome to the family JB (sic)"

The 57-year-old TV presenter - who has been married to wife Stephanie Lowe since 1993 - shared a statement on social media before appearing live on 'This Morning' alongside his co-host Holly, 38, to tell viewers that he is homosexual.

Shortly after his post to Instagram, Holly shared a loving photo of the pair and captioned: "Never been more proud of my friend than I am today. We'll be together at 10am on This Morning x"

Other members of the 'This Morning' family reached out to their dear friend to commend him for his bravery.

Dr Ranj Singh - who was married when he came out as gay - said he was 'beaming with pride' for the presenter, before adding that he was a 'blubbering mess' today watching Phillip speak about his journey.

He wrote on Twitter: "Coming to terms with & being your authentic self is never easy, especially in the public eye.

"What @Schofe has done is incredibly courageous, powerful & will help so many. I am beaming with pride for him. I'm even more proud of his family who seem so wonderful."

Whilst, Gok Wan - who appears as the show's fashion expert - also took to Twitter to share his love.

He wrote: "So much love to you @Schofe such bravery xxxxx"

Showbiz reporter Allison Hammond retweeted the many loving comments from the ITV show co-stars and commented: "So proud."