Alex Reid criticises Katie for her lack of understanding about cross dressing
Alex Reid has criticised his ex-wife Katie Price for having "little" understanding of transvestism and for having the audacity to suggest he could undergo a sex change in the future.
The 40-year-old cage fighter was dismayed by the ignorant comments his former spouse made on 'Loose Women' earlier this week about his cross-dressing as his female alter ego Roxanne.
During a segment discussing Eddie Redmayne's new film 'The Danish Girl' - in which the actor portrays painter Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery - Katie claimed she tried to get Alex "help" for his behaviour while she was his wife and stated she wouldn't be surprised if he "does end up being a transgender".
Alex has now rubbished he ex-partner's suggestion, insisting he identifies as male and always will and has branded her comments as having the potential to incite "hate and prejudice against the trans community".
In a statement released to BANG Showbiz, Alex said: "Katie Price's comments have a wide and very damaging reach, potentially inciting hate and prejudice against the trans community. Firstly, in expressing her ignorance towards what it is to be a cross-dresser, as opposed to being transgender opens to the door to further criticism for those going through what can be a very emotional time.
"Secondly, in suggesting I 'needed help' and that such help was offered and denied, further highlights how little she understands of the fundamental nature of someone who cross-dresses. The sniggering and coquettish giggling (on the show) actually upset me more for those facing ridicule every day, perhaps going through transition, as it somehow became a joke, something to be laughed at and made fun of, which is so far away from what the original topic was about. The panel were meant to be highlighting the fantastic work of Eddy Redmayne in 'The Danish Girl', a film based on the support of a woman for her transgender husband. What an insult to the movie and those who inspired it by allowing her to speculate on whether I was going to become a woman in future years ... For the record, I have no intention at any point of transitioning into a woman."
Alex is currently trying to deal with the grief of the death of his father Bob, who passed away at the age of 77 on December 29, but he felt compelled to respond to 37-year-old Katie's misinformed comments and to speak out in support of cross-dressing men and transgender people everywhere.
He added: "This comes at a time where I myself am going through the pain of my father's passing but I feel it is important to comment.
"(This segment) became about her knowledge, or lack thereof, in this completely opposing personal situation, and less about acceptance, diversity and tolerance, which should have been the main focus of the section ... May I suggest to the 'Loose Women' panel that Katie wouldn't be the best person to comment on it, as she proved herself."