Zoe Ball's teenage son Woody Cook opens up about his bisexuality on 'The Circle'

The 18-year-old is currently appearing on the second series Channel 4's reality competition.


Zoe Ball's teenage son Woody Cook has opened up about his bisexuality during a heartfelt moment on Channel 4's The Circle.

The 18-year-old son of BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Ball is currently competing on the second series of Channel 4's reality gameshow, where players compete to win popularity and a cash prize using just social media personas, either real or fake.

Cook, a model and student who came out publicly earlier this year and is playing as himself on the show, became involved in a heart-to-heart about his sexuality with fellow contestant Georgina after finishing at the bottom of a ratings vote.

"Being bisexual on The Circle, I thought I was going to have loads of chat. But in actuality, I think being 18 scared everyone away," Cook told Georgina via the show's messaging system.

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"I'm embarrassed to say that I flirted a bit with Judy [the alter-ego of contestant Richard Madeley] but I don't think it went down the best. #worthashot."

Reading Woody's message, Georgine said aloud: "He didn't actually have to just open up the way he has, so I don't want to make a big thing of it because it's not a big thing at all."

Woody, whose father is DJ Fatboy Slim - a fact currently unknown to his fellow contestants on The Circle - went on to share his coming out story with Georgina.

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"It's a funny story really. I was at a party when I was 15, I was chatting to a girl who was gay, and I told them I was bi to impress them," he wrote.

"The next day I woke up and I realised drunk Woody was telling the truth."

Disucussing his sexuality publicly for the first time in a magazine interview earlier this year, Woody revealed that his mum Zoe had initially taken time to process the news that he was bisexual.

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"I told my mum and her first reaction was, 'You can’t be, you like girls?'" he recalled.

"Then I got her to look back upon her group of friends and she started to realise she knew more bi people than she thought. I think it was a bigger thing in her time.

"I am bisexual. It’s something I’ve known for three years. I always felt, growing up, that I had all these thoughts and I just shook it off."

The Circle continues tonight at 10pm on Channel 4.