BBC Richard Osman's House of Games: Scott Mills on engagement to 4-year partner and how Robbie Williams helped him after his boyfriend died

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Scott Mills has graced the airways of Radio 1 for over 2 decades, starting his career at the BBC’s flagship station in 1998.

His fun, lighthearted and upbeat presenting style has won him many fans over the years with his daily midafternoon antics brightening up listeners days.

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By 2001, Scott had become famous enough to attract attention from the media and come out as gay to avoid being outed in the press.

BBC Richard Osman's House of Games: Scott Mills on engagement to 4-year partner and how Robbie Williams helped him after his boyfriend died
© British Kebab Awards Scott with co-host Chris Stark presenting the British Kebab Awards

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Although his sexuality does not feature as a big part of his day to day broadcasting, Scott has enjoyed recognition for his work by the LGBTQ community.

In 2010, Scott was ranked 12th on Independent on Sunday’s Pink List and awarded the best broadcaster of the year award by LGBTQ charity Stonewall in 2011.

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Scott recently announced his engagement to fellow radio host Sam Vaughan in October 2021 after 4 years together.

Revealing the news in an Instagram post Scott said: “As @samvaughan89 knows, I always said I didn’t think I would ever get married. But then I met you Sam.

“You make me laugh every single day, you support me in so many ways and I adore everything about you.”

BBC Richard Osman's House of Games: Scott Mills on engagement to 4-year partner and how Robbie Williams helped him after his boyfriend died
© Instagram Scott with fiance Sam

However, Scott’s relationships have not always been easy and he opened up about the tragic death of his boyfriend Mitch back when he was just starting out on Radio 1.

“We spent every minute together. He was from Wales and so funny,” he told Now Magazine in 2012.

Scott described how as a 26-year-old, he had returned from the Brit Awards to find police at his door to inform him that Mitch had died of an overdose.

The presenter admitted that he struggled to process the news, telling Now: “I couldn’t process it. As it dawned on me, it got worse and worse and worse.”

It led the radio host into an alcohol-fuelled spiral: “I was presenting the early show, so I’d wake up at 2.30am, do the show, come home and go back to sleep.

“Then I’d wake up in the evening and drink two bottles of wine or a bottle of spirits in front of the TV. It was a way to escape.”

He even hosted a show while drunk: “One morning I went on air drunk. That could have been a massive f***-up for me.

“Even I would’ve sacked me. But thank God for Radio 1 – they knew about Mitch and why I was having a bad time. It was a proper wake-up call.”

Scott found comfort in the unlikeliest of places, saying that confiding in popstar Robbie Williams really helped him.

“It’s stayed under the radar because that’s how I wanted it, but Robbie was someone I could talk to about my drinking.”

The pair’s secret friendship helped Scott at a very difficult point.

BBC Richard Osman's House of Games: Scott Mills on engagement to 4-year partner and how Robbie Williams helped him after his boyfriend died
© Mondadori Portfolio/Archivio Elena Di Vincenzo/Elena Di Vincenzo Scott says Robbie helped him through a rough patch

He said: “He’s knocked all of his problems on the head. I found talking to him very comforting. I see so much of myself in him – my insecurities, not knowing if you’re good enough, the depression and the alcohol.

“He holds these amazing quiz nights at his house with Gary Barlow , James Corden , Peter Jones from Dragons’ Den and Susie Amy .”

The quiz nights maybe have done Scott some good too.

The radio host is currently competing against other celebrities on Richard Osman’s House of Games every day this week at 6pm on BBC2.

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