Tommy Mallet in back brace
Tommy Mallet has piled on the pounds since he was forced to wear a back brace due to piriformis syndrome
Tommy Mallet has been "stuck in a back brace" for almost a month.
The 'Only Way is Essex' star has been heavily criticised for piling on the pounds over the festive season but he has admitted his weight gain has been down to piriformis syndrome - a condition in which the piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region, spasms and causes buttock pain - and he's been struggling to walk let alone exercise.
Taking to his Instagram account on Monday (16.01.17), the reality TV hunk uploaded a photograph of him with his blue back brace on alongside the caption: "Put so much weight on over December from having piriformis syndrome.. Been stuck in a back brace.. But lost a stone in 7 days.. I ain't a ripped geezer but considering I've struggled to walk I think I've done ok!! Thanks @georgiakousoulou for pushing me (sic)"
The blonde-haired heartthrob initially tried to shrug off the nasty comments about his weight gain earlier this week by claiming that he didn't care how much his belly popped out because he's more interested in being written about in the top business magazine Forbes for his work than being recognised for having a ripped physique.
He said: "People love abusing me about my weight on Instagram. Remember.. I'm aiming for @Forbes your aiming for a 6pack.. We are different yeah (sic)."
Tommy has thrown himself into his shoe line Mallet since gaining fame on 'The Only Way is Essex' and some of his designs have been worn by producer Will.i.am.