EXCLUSIVE: Holly Willoughby shares a cryptic message on the ‘chaos of the universe’ hours after her ‘highly strategised’ return to This Morning

Holly Willoughby shared a cryptic article with fans about the mess of the universe hours after her takedown of Phillip Schofield on her This Morning comeback.

The star, 42, sent her subscribers a story and interview that mentioned serendipity, chaos theory, the complexity of life and not seeing people for years – eight hours after she marked her return to the flagship ITV breakfast show by giving what has been branded a ‘highly strategised’ speech about her former co-presenter’s affair scandal.

Holly distanced herself from Schofield, 61, on Monday morning, saying she was left ‘shaken, troubled, let down and worried’ after Schofield was last month ousted from This Morning and admitted lying about a relationship with a younger male colleague.

Then on Monday evening she sent a newsletter to fans from her Gwyneth Paltrow-style wellness site Wylde Moon that included the post: ‘Are coincidences a secret message from the universe? Do you ever find yourself thinking, that’s weird timing or I can’t believe that’s just happened?’

Looking forward: Holly Willoughby shared a cryptic article with fans about the mess of the universe hours after her brutal takedown of Phillip Schofield on her This Morning comeback

New post: The star, 42, sent her subscribers a story and interview that mentioned serendipity, chaos theory, the complexity of life and not seeing people for years

‘Well, all those little coincidences that pepper everyday life could be the universe trying to send you a message.

A link from the post carried fans to a story on the site that investigated whether coincidences were created by the people involved in them to create order from chaos.

Astrology-obsessed Holly’s site said: ‘Everyone loves a ‘Sliding Doors’ moment so we asked Matt Johnson, PhD, a neuroscientist, speaker and author who has explored the psychology of serendipity to tell us more.’

‘According to Matt Johnson, there are some scientific ideas like Complexity Theory and Chaos Theory that suggest coincidences come about purely because life has become complicated and messy.’

It quoted Matt saying: ‘As humans we have a desire to seek meaning. We want to see the bigger picture.

‘When there’s a set of circumstances that seems so improbable and so incredible that it couldn’t possibly have occurred just by chance, we tend to explain to ourselves that it must mean something, and that the universe must have conspired to put these things together because there’s no other explanation.

‘Whether or not the universe did actually transpire… I think that’s up to anybody’s point of view or their spiritual explanations.

‘But the general template is that the brain will seek some broader explanation and will infuse deeper meaning into that set of circumstances.’

Back on air: Holly distanced herself from Schofield, 61, on Monday morning, saying she was left ‘shaken, troubled, let down and worried’ after Schofield was  ousted from This Morning

Hopeful: Holly’s site signs off the post with the message: ‘Serendipity reminds us that life is full of surprises and that there’s always room for magic and meaning’

Matt advises: ‘There are basically three essential components of a serendipitous experience,’ says Matt. ‘One, it has to be enjoyable. Secondly, it’s a surprise, and thirdly – the crucial one – is that the situation is inexplicable. If there’s no logical explanation for a circumstance, then our brains will inject meaning into it.

Matt urges people to break their ‘habitual routines’ to ‘open a person up to new experiences’.

Holly’s site signs off the post with the hopeful message: ‘Serendipity reminds us that life is full of surprises and that there’s always room for magic and meaning. So, let’s embrace the unexpected and allow serendipity to guide us on our journey.’

Days before, Holly uploaded a snap of the ‘Strawberry Moon’ on her wellness page alongside words urging others to ‘maintain a positive perspective’.

Her post said: ‘This Full ‘Strawberry’ Moon in Sagittarius brings with it a zest for life. ‘The guiding influence of this fire sign combined with Jupiter encourages you to maintain a positive perspective and to tune into your finest qualities. ‘Inspire. Renew. Believe.’

New lineup: Hosting her comeback show with 2010 Big Brother winner Josie Gibson, 38, Holly told This Morning viewers on Monday that the show was moving forward to a ‘new chapter’

Holly has vowed never to publicly address the Schofield scandal that has engulfed ITV again as insiders claim she is still ‘angry’ at her former co-host.

The 42-year-old distanced herself from her former best friend during a ‘highly strategised’ return to the This Morning sofa on Monday, after he was ousted from the programme when admitting to lying about his relationship with a much younger male colleague.

Holly told viewers she had been left ‘shaken, let down and worried’ and only mentioned Schofield once by name when she said it was ‘very strange indeed sitting here without Phil’ – for the rest of her address she instead referred to him as ‘someone’ and ‘they’.

Millions of people have since viewed the segment on social media, although some have had a tepid response after complaining it had come across as ‘melodramatic, scripted and soulless’. 

However, those looking for further screen time committed to confronting the scandal may be disappointed after sources claimed the mother-of-three has no intention of revisiting the topic publicly.

The pair, who were best friends, have publicly fallen out after Phillip lied to Holly about having an affair with a younger male colleague from the show

‘This is the only time Holly will ever speak about Phil and what has happened,’ a source told The Sun.

‘She still feels incredibly angry and upset by his actions and is very much still trying to get her head around it.

‘It took a lot for Holly to compose herself and speak about what has gone on in the last few weeks.

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‘But people expecting her to sit and pour her heart out will be waiting for a long time.

‘Holly is upset that Phil, who she believed to be a very close friend, lied to her about his affair.

‘She is angry and that will take a long time for her to come to terms with.’

Holly had appeared to be on the brink of tears during parts of her speech, although some people watching at home were less than impressed. 

Unconvinced viewers wrote on Twitter: ‘Absolutely shocking statement. It’s only derivative is to bring Phil down more, poor Holly poor me. Also shows how much she despises him & couldn’t care less.’

Another added: ‘Horrible message. I’m done. Switched over & won’t be watching,’ while a third said: ‘Amazing how she is emotional one moment and the next she’s all giggles… like the cat that got the cream.’

Another viewer tweeted: ‘My one and only comment on this. Scripted and soulless,’ and someone added: ‘She did well to hold it together although the language was a bit melodramatic.’

Other social media users however praised the star, writing: ‘Very appropriate. Holly is NOT responsible for Phil. No colleague is responsible for what another colleague does or does not do, no matter how closely the working relationship.’

Another added: ‘Give it a rest now let the people who need to deal with it do so. Of course it’s scripted she’s going to know what she needs to say. Phil’s the one in the wrong here. Love Josie she’s a breath of fresh air! Good luck girls.’

A third wrote: ‘I’m feeling sorry for Holly & for everyone who Phil lied too.’

Holly chose a £188 cream button-up dress from high street shop Reiss  to ensure the tone was dour enough, without being too gloomy for the moment.

Holly being hugged by Josie Gibson, who she is presenting the programme with after Phillip’s departure 

Prior to the speech insiders had called it the most difficult day of Holly’s career, and after the cameras stopped rolling she was embraced by her colleagues in  show of support.

She had begun by asking viewers if they were ‘OK’, before remarking it felt ‘very strange indeed sitting here without Phil’.

Holly went on: ‘I imagine that you might have been feeling a lot like I have – shaken, troubled, let down, worried for the wellbeing of people on all sides of what’s been going on, and full of questions.

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‘You, me and all of us at This Morning gave our love and support to someone who was not telling the truth, who acted in a way that they themselves felt they had to resign from ITV, and step down from a career that they loved. That’s a lot to process.

‘And it’s equally hard to see the toll that it’s taken on their own mental health. I think what unites us now is a desire to heal for the health and wellbeing of everyone.’

Ms Willoughby, who was hosting the programme with 2010 Big Brother winner Josie Gibson, then told viewers that under-fire This Morning was moving forward to a ‘new chapter’ – one without Schofield.

She said: ‘I hope that, as we start this new chapter and get back to a place of warmth and magic that this show holds for all of us, we can find strength in each other.

‘And, from my heart, can I just say thank you for all of your kind messages. And thank you for being here this morning.

‘Myself, Josie, Dermot, Alison, Craig and every single person that works on this show will continue to work hard every single day to bring you this show that we love.’

Ms Willoughby’s words met with a mixed reception from viewers, with some criticising her for being too ‘staged.’

But sources close to her say that she was ‘absolutely relieved’ to get it over with.

Holly Willoughby old how she had been left ‘shaken, troubled, let down and worried’ by the scandal that has engulfed the ITV programme and its former host Phillip Schofield

And the Mail can reveal that every word was pored over and changed several times before finally a final draft was approved by ITV bosses this morning, not long before the show aired.

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Ms Willoughby had consulted her family over how she should deal with it during their sunshine break in Portugal last week. Afterwards she ran it by her publicist, Laura Sinclair.

The host’s TV production guru Dan Baldwin also helped.

However, then it was left in the hands of ITV bosses and Ms Willoughby to decide just how often Schofield was mentioned.

A late decision was taken to include him but not when discussing the scandal.

One source said: ‘Holly knew she needed to put the viewers at the forefront of all of this, the show is in dire straits and she sees it as her role to save it.

‘So she personally wanted to get it absolutely right which meant there were many drafts to be gone through.

‘Eventually they settled on giving Phil a fleeting mention. As well as getting the messaging right for the audience watching at home, how the statement was reported by all forms of the media was important too.

‘The last thing they wanted was a Phil shunned type headline.’

After the show, Ms Willoughby spoke to her colleagues and senior staff including editor Martin Frizell before returning home to see her three children.

Friends of the star say that she ‘breathed a huge sigh of relief’ once she came off air in what they say was one of the most difficult days of her career.

‘Even when Holly finished the statement she had more than two more hours of live telly to do so yes, she was so pleased to have got through it,’ one said.

‘There were hugs as everyone vowed to move forward together.’

Ms Willoughby will be flanked once again tomorrow by Ms Gibson, 38, and then Craig Doyle for Wednesday and Thursday.

Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary will return for Friday’s episode.

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