Holly Willoughby flees UK as she's seen for first time since Phillip Schofield bombshell

Holly Willoughby was pictured eating lunch at a restaurant in Portugal on Thursday. The This Morning presenter looked glum as she spent time with her loved ones at the sunny holiday destination.

The mum-of-three went under the radar wearing a cream cardigan paired with a straw hat and dark sunglasses.

Her appearance marks the first time she has been seen since Phillip Schofield admitted to his affair with a younger male runner who previously worked on the ITV show.

Following Phil's bombshell confession, Holly said she felt "hurt" that her co-host had lied to her about the relationship.

She shared via Instagram: "When reports of this relationship first surfaced, I asked Phil directly if this was true and was told it was not.

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"It's been very hurtful to now find out that this was a lie."

She has since taken an extended half-term break, leaving Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary to front the daytime show.

It has also been said that Holly has no intentions of quitting and hopes to "ride out the scandal".

A source told The Mirror: "The only way in which Holly would ever choose to leave the ITV programme is if the show itself was axed as a whole.

“Holly wants to stay at This Morning as long as she can and hopes to ride out the scandal. Other stars like Stephen Mulhern are being approached to fill in for Phil when she returns.

“Some are reluctant to go in and face angry viewers. Holly is determined to stay put...She has absolutely no plans to leave.”

It comes after ITV bosses hired a top barrister to lead a review into its handling of Phil's relationship and his younger colleague.

Chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall said: "Given Phillip's admission of the extent of his deception the work will extend to cover any related issues that may emerge. This work will be carried out as quickly as possible and we will be happy to share the outcome."

The barrister will "review records and talk to people involved", therefore Phillip's former colleagues including Holly and Alison may need to give statements.

Following Phillip's admission about the "unwise but not illegal affair", he has been dropped by his talent agency and as an ambassador for The Prince's Trust.

The charity, founded by King Charles, said it was "no longer appropriate" to continue working with the presenter.

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