Big Brother winner Cameron Cole reveals shocking homophobic abuse following the show

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Big Brother 2018 winner Cameron Cole has revealed he's received homophobic abuse following the show.

It was Cameron who won Big Brother 2018 in last year's final ever series, taking home the £100,000 prize fund. He beat Akeem Griffiths in the final two while Zoe Jones finished third and Cian Carrigan ranked in fourth.


During his time in the house, Cameron won praise after coming out on the show but says reaction from some other members of the public had made him feel "worthless".

He recalled one incident to BBC's Newsbeat: "There were a couple of people sniggering and as I walked past, they said the homophobic remark beginning with the letter f."

Cameron also told how he has been receiving hate calls.

"Somebody, somehow, got my number too. It's a no-caller-ID and rings me every time I'm on an Instagram live," he said. "They shout a barrage of homophobic remarks and you can't get a word in edgeways."

Cameron says he was advised to report the incidents to the police but chose not to.

"The issue with the stuff in the streets is you can report but the likelihood is that it will never be traced back and it's just going to be a waste of time," he added.

Cameron concluded: "It might come across like it's not affecting me but of course it is. It affects everyone for other reasons too like race, religion and gender. It makes you feel worthless. We've come a long way and we should applaud ourselves for how far we've come.

"But laws don't change attitudes and we've got a long way to go and we need to accept that."

Speaking last year, Cameron said he felt "privileged" to be able to come out in the Big Brother house.


He told DigitalSpy: I didn't plan to do it, but it's an incredible feeling to know that I helped people out. It's made everything worth it. I hope that it has inspired people as much as possible. Lots of people come out every day and they don't do it on national television.

"They don't get the reception that I've got, but they all deserve it because it's an incredible thing and me winning is as much for them as it was for me. It's an incredible honour and privilege to have the support that I have. I'll never be able to stress how grateful I am for it."

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