Alex Reid angry about Corrie name-calling
Alex Reid admits he was ''flattered'' his relationship to Katie Price has been referenced to in 'Coronation Street', but hates how they made him out to be a ''brain-dead moron''
Alex Reid has defended himself against being labelled a "brain-dead moron".
The cage fighter and reality TV star is "flattered" he and glamour model wife Katie Price were used as the basis for a relationship between two `Coronation Street' characters, but doesn't like the way he is referenced as a "thicko" on the show.
He told Star magazine: "On the one hand, it is flattering that we are used as a cultural reference point and that people are talking about us. But on the other, I don't like being described as a `thicko' - who would? I hate this perception that all cage fighters are brain-dead morons.
"Actually you have to be quite intelligent to be a cage fighter! I also think it must be weird for my dad. He is a big fan of `Coronation Street', and - while he is proud of me - things like this will also hurt him."
It recently emerged that Weatherfield residents Rosie Webster (Helen Flanagan) and Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas) are trying to model themselves on Katie and Alex, where they start dating after appearing in a photoshoot together.
A source explained: "Rosie realises they could make money together. Before long she's telling everyone they'll be the new Jordan and Alex Reid.
"They're perfectly matched intellectually - Jason is as thick as two short planks, while Rosie wasn't nicknamed Dozy at school for nothing."