News | Entertainment
23 Apr 2021 3:11
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Entertainment

    Alex Reid has been diagnosed with autism

    The 45-year-old star has revealed he has Asperger's Syndrome and believes it explains why he has always felt different to other people


    Alex said: "It's a relief in many ways but it's a bit unnerving because it's coming to terms with new things, but it also explains so much."

    The former MMA fighter - who was married to Katie Price from 2010 until 2012 - explained how he was diagnosed with Asperger's after a chance encounter with a family who have an autistic child.

    Alex told the Mirror Online: "I was so friendly with the children and the parents started to notice so many traits in me. They saw that in interviews I can sometimes be so together and then I can completely fall apart.

    "They said they thought I was autistic.

    "I've always thought of autism being like 'Rain Man' and thought that wasn't me, but understanding it more now it makes so much sense.

    "My friends, the Boyce family, suggested I had an autism test and I came up significantly autistic."

    Alex - who is expecting a baby with fiancee Nikki Manashe - thinks his diagnosis has helped him to understand why he hides behind a "mask" to cope with feeling bullied.

    He said: "I've achieved so much and I felt like I could cope with anything.

    "I've been so horrifically bullied throughout my whole life. I was the kid in school who asked the questions no one else would and I'd be laughed at, I was the kid that the teachers would say had to try harder and they didn't understand it.

    "Even in the army I've been bullied and I've been bullied for being different. This has kind of made sense of why."

    Alex admitted that despite feeling like he can "cope with anything", he ultimately knows there's a "little boy crying" inside of him.

    He added: "I've put on all of these masks to cope and present myself and created all these different personalities - I'm an actor and I'm great at acting because I can pretend to be these different people.

    "But ultimately deep down there's a little boy crying and not liking it. I'm soft but I can be really tough when I have to be."

    © 2021 Bang Showbiz, NZCity


     Other Entertainment News
     22 Apr: Kim Kardashian West and her estranged husband Kanye West are still “getting along” with each other despite their split
     22 Apr: Riz Ahmed proposed to his wife with a game of Scrabble
     22 Apr: Rachel Bilson feels “grateful” for her relationship with ex-boyfriend Adam Brody, as they were able to “support” each other during their fame on ‘The O.C.’
     22 Apr: Rachel Platten is expecting her second child
     22 Apr: Kendall Jenner has been granted a five-year restraining order against a man who allegedly threatened to shoot her
     22 Apr: Emilia Clarke has joined the cast of Marvel’s ‘Secret Invasion’
     22 Apr: Jameela Jamil has defended Demi Lovato after she slammed a frozen yoghurt chain for seemingly promoting diet foods
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    A trans-tasman hockey tournament could be announced within the next few days and underway as early as next month More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Auckland housing prices could climb further - pushed by changes to school enrolment zones More...



     Today's News

    Law and Order:
    The coroner will hear from NZTA, Police, Council and the family of a driver who died -- in an inquiry into a horror crash in Mid Canterbury 21:56

    Entertainment:
    Kim Kardashian West and her estranged husband Kanye West are still “getting along” with each other despite their split 21:52

    Entertainment:
    Riz Ahmed proposed to his wife with a game of Scrabble 21:22

    Environment:
    There's been a 4.9 magnitude earthquake near Haast this evening 21:16

    Entertainment:
    Rachel Bilson feels “grateful” for her relationship with ex-boyfriend Adam Brody, as they were able to “support” each other during their fame on ‘The O.C.’ 20:52

    Entertainment:
    Rachel Platten is expecting her second child 20:22

    Entertainment:
    Kendall Jenner has been granted a five-year restraining order against a man who allegedly threatened to shoot her 19:52

    Entertainment:
    Emilia Clarke has joined the cast of Marvel’s ‘Secret Invasion’ 19:22

    Soccer:
    A pivotal game for the Wellington Phoenix tonight as they eye the top six in football's A-League 18:56

    Entertainment:
    Jameela Jamil has defended Demi Lovato after she slammed a frozen yoghurt chain for seemingly promoting diet foods 18:52


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2021 New Zealand City Ltd