Gregg Wallace was "really troubled" when he started to lose his hair at 17.

Gregg Wallace

Gregg Wallace

The 'MasterChef' star has admitted going bald as a teenager caused him to suffer a crisis of confidence, and one friend even told Gregg they would "stop hanging around" with him.

He said: "You know, I’ve been bald since I was 18. I started losing my hair at 17 and I’ve been completely bald since 20 years old.

"It really troubled me back then. In fact, my oldest mate said, ‘Gregg I have to confess. When that happened I used to think, oh I’ll stop hanging about with him when he’s bald’. And it really troubled me at that age."

By contrast, the 56-year-old TV star now feels comfortable enough to embrace his baldness, and he claimed his wife, 36-year-old Anne-Marie Sterpini, prefers his hairless look.

Speaking to The Sun Online, he joked: "I was going to get a hair transplant but my wife said I would look silly with a kidney on my head.

"I actually think I’m lucky. Because blokes who lose their hair at a later age, in their thirties and forties, get hung up about it. Because they had hair and then lose it.

"But I’ve never had that problem. I’ve never had hair as an adult.

"I’ve been this way all of my life. And look at Mrs Wallace, my bald head certainly hasn’t stopped me attracting my beautiful wife."

However, Gregg suggested that his lack of hair has stopped him from realising his dream of hosting a TV game show.

He shared: "I want to have my own quiz show. I want to do a Saturday night, wear a suit and do one of those shiny floor shows.

"But they won’t let me! I think they’re looking for people with hair. I think that’s what it is. I think my hair lets me down.

"Because I was really good on Michael McIntyre’s 'The Wheel'. I was Top Celeb. There’s only a short step I think from being Top Celeb to hosting it."

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