Byron Baes: Alex Reid says he doesn't want to be a famous influencer

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Byron Baes star Alex Reid says he didn’t join the controversial Netflix show to ‘become an influencer’: ‘I run a business… I’ve got other distractions’

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He is one of the breakout stars from Netflix’s controversial reality show Byron Baes.

But social media talent manager Alex Reid has insisted he didn’t sign up for the series in order to become a famous influencer himself.

‘I run a business and I’ve got other distractions… For me I didn’t go on this show to become an influencer,’ he told the Reality Life with Kate Casey podcast.

Not in it for fame: Social media talent manager Alex Reid (pictured) has insisted he didn't sign up for controversial series Byron Baes in order to become a famous influencer himself

Not in it for fame: Social media talent manager Alex Reid (pictured) has insisted he didn’t sign up for controversial series Byron Baes in order to become a famous influencer himself

‘I didn’t come on the show to build up an audience and sell products,’ he continued. 

‘I came on the show to talk about influencers and to shine a spotlight on what I think is important in the influencer space.’ 

The Gold Coast native, who moved to Byron Bay during the Covid-19 pandemic, also revealed he had little knowledge of his co-stars when he joined the show.

‘I knew of Elias [Chigros], Nathan [Favro] and I knew of Jade [Kevin Foster]… and that’s it,’ he said. 

Unexpected: Alex (left) said he was surprised to forge such a strong a friendship with aspiring musician Sarah St James (right)

Unexpected: Alex (left) said he was surprised to forge such a strong a friendship with aspiring musician Sarah St James (right)

Alex said he was surprised to forge such a strong a friendship with aspiring musician Sarah St James. 

‘I’m still very close to Sarah. I really count her as a real friend – not a TV, on-camera friend,’ he told the podcast. 

‘When I went on the show, I didn’t expect to make any friends. I kind of had an idea who would be on the show and I thought, “Okay, this is going to be interesting,” but whether I’d forge a real friendships or not remained to be seen.

‘But with Sarah, we get along and spend a lot of time together. She has become a real friend to me, which is something that I didn’t expect.’ 

At one stage, Byron Baes was the fourth most-watched show on Netflix in Australia. 

Hit: At one stage, Byron Baes was the fourth most-watched show on Netflix in Australia

Hit: At one stage, Byron Baes was the fourth most-watched show on Netflix in Australia

The production previously garnered backlash from locals, who were under the false impression Byron Bay was somehow ‘above’ reality TV.

Earlier this month, Byron Baes star Nathan Favro said most locals he’d spoken to were accepting of the show, despite some initial hesitation.

‘I don’t think the actual animosity was actually directed towards any one cast member,’ the 26-year-old influencer said.

‘[Some feared we were] coming to exploit the beauty of Byron, and I don’t think it was that at all. We didn’t really experience any shouting across the street.’

Local love: Earlier this month, fellow star Nathan Favro revealed that most locals were accepting of the show, after some initial hesitation

Local love: Earlier this month, fellow star Nathan Favro revealed that most locals were accepting of the show, after some initial hesitation

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