Big Brother housemate Cameron Cole comes out as gay during emotional chat with Lewis Flanagan
Big Brother contestant Cameron Cole has come out as gay.
In an episode which aired on Friday 5 October, the 18-year-old vlogger revealed the news to friend Lewis Flanagan, and millions of viewers watching at home too, following fellow housemate Cian Carrigan’s confession that he has a crush on him.
In Thursday night’s edition of the Channel 5 reality show, Carrigan confided in Zoe Jones about his feelings for Cole, saying: “I do, I do fancy him… Oh my god, what the f**k?!
“He does make me laugh,” he continued. “I don’t know what it is, I love his smile, and I think his smile is so beautiful. I love that smile and when he smiles at me…”
During the same chat, Carrigan resolved not to tell Cole because he was convinced his affection wouldn’t be reciprocated in the same way. However, later on that same evening, he pulled Cole aside to make him aware of his feelings which resulted in some awkwardness between the pair.
Talking to Isaac Jagroop the next morning (shown in Friday’s episode), Carrigan decided that it was probably a mistake putting Cole in that position and blamed it on having too much to drink. “I was proper p***ed last night,” he laughed. “He’s 18. I don’t think anyone has had a crush on him before. I would eat him alive!”
Elsewhere, Cole looked to Flanagan to support, saying that he wished Carrigan had never said anything but perhaps not for the reason people might be expecting.
“Even if he’d just said it to you, that’d be fine but to say it to the whole f**king group,” he fretted. “Everyone’s awkward today with me. Every single person. Conversations are just weird. Zoe… I think she feels awkward speaking to me.
“They’re don’t understand that there’s more layers to that.”
Touching on the subject of sexuality, Flanagan assured Cole that he should only open up to people when he feels ready to do so and that he shouldn’t feel pressured just because someone has taken a romantic interest in him. He added that Cole could practice saying the words out loud to him if he felt like that would help.
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“The last four years I’ve been waiting to be ready but you’re never really ready,” Cole admitted before saying, “Sometimes you gotta say ‘f**k it’ and just do it” and encouraging Flanagan to ask him outright about him being gay.
His supportive pal then obliged and he responded, “Yes.”
Cole appeared to get emotional, initially covering his face with his hood but as Flanagan hugged, high-fived him and told him how proud he was, he managed to crack a big smile.
“Now my whole world changes forever,” he noted
On Big Brother‘s late-night spin off show Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, Cole’s father – who was in the audience – told host Rylan Clark-Neal that while the family knew about his son’s sexuality, they had never probed him about it because they knew he would open up to them about when he was ready.
Big Brother continues on Sunday 7 October on Channel 5 at 10pm.