The Circle’s Freddie Bentley scared to leave his house following homophobic attack

The reality star shot to fame as a contestant on the first season of The Circle on Channel 4 back in 2018 where he came out on national TV – but he was recently the victim of a homophobic attack in Essex

Reality star Freddie Bentley revealed that he was left too afraid to leave his home after being subject to homophobic attacks.

The 24-year-old was a member of the cast of the first series of Channel 4’s reality show The Circle, shooting to fame in the process and coming out on national television.

Freddie received warm reactions when he appeared on the reality TV show in 2018, but he was the target of homophobic attacks recently.

Freddie says he has been left so shaken by the incident that it leaves him feeling afraid to leave his home – while his anxiety levels have increased dramatically.

Freddie Bentley, Circle’s star, has spoken out about being the victim to homophobic attacks


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Speak on FUBAR Radio’s Access All Areas show,He told Stephen Leng and Bobby Norris: “The way I carry myself, even the way I have been nervous.

“I haven’t really left the house a great deal because it has scared the s**t out of me.”

Freddie spoke out about the incident. He was one of three men who allegedly used homophobic slurs towards him in a pub in Essex.

He explained: “I was actually the victim, but they got away with using a homophobic slur which infuriated me even more. The police then got involved and I was the one who was arrested.”

Freddie was a contestant during season 1 of Channel 4’s The Circle


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Although he was initially charged with common assault, he was eventually released on bail after being inspected by CCTV at the scene.

Freddie explained: “My side has been cleared but that side, with the boys, is still happening with the police.”

He continued: “I am gonna press charges and I am gonna make a deal of this because if I don’t act on this, then who else is gonna do it?

“Obviously I can’t speak about it too much but all I’ve been aware of is that they have been arrested and [the police] are not taking it lightly.”

Freddie was featured on Channel 4’s national television show


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Freddie admitted that he was also surprised by the effect the event had on him. “I think more so than ever it’s been the biggest wake up call for me.

“It has caused me a little bit of anxiety because I’ve never been started on for my sexuality.

“Obviously, I’ve had people shout things in the street or doing this and that, but I’ve never been attacked for my sexuality, so it did knock me for six.”

Freddie continued to explain that the fact that so many people confidently hurled homophobic abuses at him was a rude awakening about the dangers of inequality today in the UK.

He said: “Obviously I know that homophobic behaviour does happen, and you get the odd thing on Instagram, you know how it is.

“But to have it in person, I thought to myself, ‘you have got so much nerve to think that you can bring me down as a person for something that I am.’”

He said: “The thing that does make me nervously laugh is the fact that it’s actually 2022 and people aren’t secure in themselves enough that they have to try and drag other people down because of their sexuality.”

However, he went on to state that he wouldn’t let such an uncomfortable incident change him and that he wants to stand up for the LGBTQ+ community.

Freddie spoke to Towie star Bobby Norris on his FUBAR Radio show



He said: “I’m gonna make something useful out of it and you know, try and turn this negative into a positive.”

“I am proud and I’m gay and I love helping the younger generation with their sexuality and coming out.”

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