Woody Cook has joked that his mother Zoe Ball may have ‘manifested’ his bisexuality, because she ‘always wanted a gay son.’
The DJ, 21, publicly shared his sexuality in 2018 after being encouraged to do so by a modelling agent, who said he would ‘inspire’ others to ‘feel better about themselves’.
Now, Woody shared the amusing anecdote that his mum Zoe may have been the mental cause of his bisexuality.
Speaking on the Homo Sapiens podcast, he said: ‘My mum always said she wanted me to be gay… so maybe she manifested it – halfway at least.’
Woody then recalled the moment he told his mum that he was bisexual, admitting she was struggling to focus after taking a sleeping pill.
Cheeky: Woody Cook has joked that his mother Zoe Ball may have ‘manifested’ his bisexuality, because she ‘always wanted a gay son’ (pictured in 2019)
He said: ‘She’s just like, ”What is it, Woody? I’ve just taken a sleeping pill… you’ve got to tell me quickly because I’m going to start falling over and slurring soon. I won’t make it to bed.”
‘So I told her and she was like, ”It’s great”, but she was also confused, and said, ”Isn’t that just the step before being gay or something?”
‘She said, ”But I don’t know anyone who’s bisexual”.
‘Then she realised there were some people she knew who were bi, and it’s one of those things where it needs a bit more awareness.’
The DJ disclosed his sexuality with fans ahead of appearing on the Channel 4 reality series, The Circle, four years ago.
Woody previously told MailOnline that he had doubts about coming out because he feared he’d been seen as ‘attention-seeking.’
He explained: ‘Originally, when I first came out before the show, I’d been doing this modelling thing. I’d been working with an agent who said, “You should come out.”
‘But I was like, “Why? Anyone who knows me knows. I just feel like that’s attention seeking.”
Revelation: The DJ publicly shared his sexuality in 2018 after being encouraged to do so by a modelling agent, who said he would ‘inspire’ others to ‘feel better about themselves’
‘He goes, “No, if you can come out and it can inspire one person to feel better about yourself, you’ve already won.” And I went, “You’re so right.”
‘He basically went, “I know you have come from a world where it’s OK to be who you are, but not everyone shares that reality.”‘
Woody claimed the agent added: ‘A lot of people are really struggling and if they see someone that they can look up to who is open, then maybe they can or maybe they can show that to their parents. Either way, it can open up conversations.’
The influencer continued: ‘So I did, yeah. And so I came onto The Circle and and I was very, I don’t know, I wasn’t gonna yell it from the rooftops. It’s just one layer of my personality.
‘I flirted with a lot of guys on the show and it’s quite apparent. And then I kind of got ousted when someone made an artwork of me with like a little rainbow love heart.
‘I was like, “Yeah, you know what? I’m bisexual. What about it?” And so for me, I didn’t want to drop it in as a statement. It was never meant to be a thing. It was just brought up. So I was like, “Yeah, that’s me.”‘
Woody is the son of esteemed BBC presenter Zoe and DJ and record producer Fatboy Slim.
Despite Woody being an LGBTQ+ advocate and member of the community himself, he revealed his younger sister has been ‘schooling’ him on the group’s issues.
When asked about the positive public reaction following his coming out, he said: ‘I think it’s a reflection of how times are changing because, when I was in school, ‘gay’ was an insult in the playground.
Family: Woody is the son of esteemed BBC presenter Zoe and DJ and record producer Fatboy Slim. The former couple also share daughter Nelly (pictured far left)
‘And I think it’s something now my sister, who’s like 12, is schooling me on the difference between sexuality, gender and all the different available options there are.
‘I’m like, “Wow, that’s a lot! I didn’t even really know what any of it meant when I was a kid. And now my sister’s schooling me at 12 years old.”
‘So I think times are changing. But now I’ve actually had an overwhelmingly positive response. Yeah, I never ever got any nonsense, no flack, anything like that.
‘I think that’s both a reflection of the changing times. And I don’t know, I just, I think I’ve been blessed with the people who I’ve been exposed to.’