Alex Reid has declared himself an 'anti-masker' and claims coronavirus can be cured by a 'positive mindset'.
In an extraordinary interview with FUBAR Radio, the former mixed martial artist, 45, admitted he's 'not a big buyer' on the law-enforced measure, despite scientific evidence proving that face coverings may reduce the spread of the deadly virus.
The sportsman also accused his ex-wife Katie Price of 'trolling' following the breakdown of their 11-month marriage in 2011, and revealed he underwent 'so much therapy' to combat his suicidal thoughts.
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Sharing his controversial thoughts about the pandemic, the former Celebrity Big Brother star told hosts Stephen Leng and Bobby Norris on Access All Areas: 'I'm an anti-masker.
'I'm of the opinion that the mask... isn't good for the immune system, isn't helping. The number one thing I think of health is what's going on in your mind and in your heart.
'And if you're sad and miserable, one of the two things that are going to stop that is communication and community. Breathing in that air the whole time is not great. I'm not buying that.'
The actor went on to insist he's 'confused' by the research attached to the global crisis, sharing: 'I'm not a big buyer on Covid. Yeah there's something that's killing people. And I look at the statistics.
Controversial: The former mixed martial artist, 45, admitted he's 'not a big buyer' on the law-enforced measure (pictured with hosts Stephen Leng and Bobby Norris)
The facts: Despite his comments, scientific evidence has proven that face coverings may reduce the spread of the deadly virus
'I've been in more than 50 court hearings in the last 10 years. That's very unfortunate. But when you're in hearings, you're presented with a lot of what I call b******s evidence. You can see it's a load of rubbish, but you still have to listen to it.
'So with the rhetoric which the government and the main sponsors, they're telling you, I'm like, ''Okay, all right, I'll buy that a bit.''Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'But then when you hear very sound intellectual, professors, not what you can say, consider as conspiracy nutters, and like you kind of listen to it.
'And so it's confusing to know what's really going on. I'm a little bit on the fence, but I have been respectful.'
'I've had therapy for suicide': The sportsman also accused his ex-wife Katie Price of 'trolling' following the breakdown of their 11-month marriage in 2011 (pictured in 2010)
In England, you must wear a face covering in a number of indoor settings, including public transport, supermarkets and shopping centres.
As of last September, you can be fined £200 on a first offence, doubling further on each repeat offence to a maximum of £6,400 if you get caught not wearing a face mask for a sixth time.
Despite his comments, the media personality believed he contracted the virus last year, but credits his recovery to optimism.
The former Hollyoaks star said: 'I 100 percent have had it right at the beginning. I felt s****y for days. I had the poos and an achy body, all that stuff. And I didn't do anything.
'I just recovered, rested and did what you thought you would normally do when you feel poorly. I ate well. Listen, I've done all my partying.
'I'm not anti a party, but I'm 45 years young and I want to live another good 45 years, hopefully. So I look after myself. So I just was, it's a positive mindset.'
Elsewhere in the interview, the ex-cage fighter touched on the trolling he's received while in the public eye, which he claims is 'by the hands of' former glamour model Katie, 42, whom he was married to from February 2010 until March 2012.
The personal trainer said: 'For a lot years I hated the word celebrity because, I don't know about you Bobby, but it causes you to get so many so much negativity… I've been horrendously trolled, I mean, viciously.
'I mean, mine specifically by the hands of my ex-wife, which is even crazier, who runs an anti-trolling society. And what she would do is she'd get all of her fans to say the most horrific, disgusting things.