He has stayed out of the spotlight over the last few months after being embroiled in several controversies – from pedalling anti-vaccine conspiracies to being fined $25,000 for spruiking a light machine which he claimed helped cure Covid.
But Pete Evans, 49, came out of hiding over the weekend to attend the popular Byron Bay Bluesfest with his wife Nicola Robinson.
The disgraced celebrity chef revealed a brand new look at the festival, sporting silver grey hair and a bushy beard in a photo Nicola posted of the couple on Instagram.
There he is! Disgraced celebrity chef Pete Evans came out of hiding over the weekend to attend the Byron Bay Bluesfest with his wife Nicola Robinson
Pete also appears to have buffed up in recent months, with the former My Kitchen Rules star showing off his bulging in black singlet top.
He also sported a smoother complexion.
Meanwhile, Nicola, who recently started her own wellness retreat, showed off her deep tan in an unbuttoned shirt.
The former glamour went makeup free and sported a Western-style hat.
Strained: Pete looked a lot healthier over the weekend than he has in recent months. The former TV star is pictured here in May 2021
The couple, who have been married since 2016, cuddled up for the happy snap.
The sighting comes after Pete once again slammed Covid-19 vaccines last month moments after he weighed in on the death of cricket greats Shane Warne and Rod Marsh.
As an outpouring of tributes flowed on social media for the much-loved sporting icons, anti-vax trolls hijacked the devastating news to spread absurd conspiracies about Covid-19.
Footage circulated online of Evans, filmed during a Zoom call, which appeared to show him paying tribute to Warne.
He conceded he couldn’t specifically comment on the reasons of his death, but then unleashed into a rant about Covid vaccines.
‘Shane Warne was an amazing cricket player for sure … [it’s] sad,’ Evans allegedly claimed in the video.
Reclusive: Pete and Nicola, pictured here back in 2014, these days remain out of the spotlight and spend most of their time at their Byron Bay farm
‘Who knows what the reasons behind this are and I can’t comment on it.
‘However, so many doctors I’ve interviewed have been screaming for the last year-and-a-half, saying the vaccines are going to cause death like we’ve never seen across the planet.
‘And they’re all predicting we’re not going to see the outcomes of this — or the real side effects — for the next three to five years. We’re witnessing it happening with athletes on field and there’s a reason behind that.’
The video sparked an angry backlash against Pete, who was accused of using Warne’s death as a platform to promote his anti-vaccine positions.
‘Struggling for relevance. Once more Pete Evans has failed to read the room,’ one man tweeted.
Another added: ‘Disgusting and opportunistic at a time that should be about the sadness of a great man’s passing. Have some respect for Shane Warne’s family and friends.’
Pete hit back at some of the criticism that implied he was directly claiming Warne died as a result of getting a Covid vaccine.
There is no credible evidence the Covid-19 vaccine increases the risk of a heart attack, according to Healthline.
Fined: Last year, Pete was also fine over $100,000 for advertising ‘wellness products’ including an ‘oxygen therapy chamber’ and a ‘BioCharger’ which he claimed treated Covid
In May 2020, it was announced that Pete had parted ways with Channel Seven after 10 years as a judge on MKR alongside Manu Feildel and guest judge Colin Fassnidge.
It effectively marked his break from the mainstream after years of flirting with off-the-wall ideas during his tenure at the network.
Free from the contractual constraints of mainstream network television, Pete began spouting his non-scientific beliefs about vaccines and the Covid-19 pandemic on social media.
His Instagram page was removed in February last year, with the company issuing a statement that read: ‘We don’t allow anyone to share misinformation about Covid-19 that could lead to imminent physical harm or about Covid-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts.’
He was also dropped by 15 sponsors and companies in the space of 48 hours in November 2020, after posting a neo-Nazi meme on social media.
In May 2021, he was slapped with a $80,000 fine for trying to cash in again on Covid by flogging more fake treatments online.
It was the second time he ran foul of authorities after previously being fined $25,000 for trying to sell his so-called BioCharger for $15,000 a time on Facebook.
He insisted the light could cure COVID-19 and protect users from infection – but had no evidence to support the wild claims.
Booted: In May 2020 it was announced that Pete had parted ways with Channel Seven after 10 years as a judge on MKR alongside Manu Feildel and Colin Fassnidge