'I told Chantelle I slept with men just after she had Dolly… and she still wanted to marry me': Alex Reid confesses he 'has tried everything – even prostitutes'
15:17 GMT, 20 November 2012
He's been accused of turning their home into a 'sex dungeon' and arranging to meet up with a man for sex while dressed as his female alter-ego, Roxanne.
But Alex Reid has now hit back at Chantelle Houghton's explosive claims, admitting while he has slept with both men and prostitutes in the past, he never cheated on his former fiancee.
The 37-year-old cage fighter explained despite Chantelle – the mother of his five-month-old daughter Dolly – knowing all about his 'weird and wonderful' past, she still wanted to marry him.
'Sexually liberated': Alex Reid has admitted to sleeping with both men and prostitutes in the past
In a revealing interview with Now magazine, Alex said: 'Chantelle knew everything before we got together. Was she the only person in this country who didn’t know I was a cross-dresser
'In my opinion she knew all about me, so what she’s been saying makes no sense to me. In my younger years I did experiment with men.
'After we had Dolly I sat down and made it clear that I’d slept with men back in the day. But she still wanted to marry me.'
Explaining he has now become the victim of vile homophobic abuse thanks to Chantelle's shocking Twitter rant, Alex admitted despite his past experiences with men, he prefers sex with women and is still looking for the perfect woman to spend the rest of his life with.
In happier times: Alex claims his former fiancee Chantelle Houghton knew all about his 'weird and wonderful' past
But the revelations about the star's chequered sexual past didn't end there, with the father-of-one confessing to sleeping with prostitutes before he met Chantelle and ex-wife Katie Price.
He added: 'I’ve slept with prostitutes but that was a long time ago. A lot of men have done that. I’ve had a varied, fun past. I enjoyed a lot of different things.'
Alex also refuted Chantelle's claims that he had turned their Essex home into a sordid 'sex dungeon', explaining what the 29-year-old star was referring to was 'a couple of sex toys and some porn'.
Despite his 'sexually liberated' past, Alex hit back at his ex's claims that he had cheated on her when Dolly was first born, explaining the text messages she found on his mobile phone about him meeting up with a man with a 'bag of sex toys' was 'a joke'.
Roxanne: Alex said the only time he discussed dressing up as his female alter-ego with other men was a spot of 'building site humour'
And the star revealed that Chantelle knew all about his penchant for dressing up as a woman, claiming the only time he discussed Roxanne with other men was when he was indulging in a spot of 'building site humour'.
However, a representative for Chantelle has hit back at Alex's claims, explaining the cage fighter had told her Roxanne was just a publicity stunt.
Read the full interview in this week's Now magazine, out now
The spokesperson told Now magazine: 'Alex told Chantelle Roxanne was just a publicity stunt, so she was shocked when she walked in on him dressed up while she was eight months pregnant.
'She was so upset that she slept on a floor for four days. After she gave birth, she found a text from a man, then Alex confessed to having had sexual experiences with men. She knew things couldn’t work as he’d lied to her from the start and wasn’t the man he claimed to be.'
Alex's revealing interview comes after Chantelle recently let rip on her Twitter page, alleging that Alex had been planning to sleep with another man while dressed as Roxanne.
She wrote: 'Ok had enough, I'm putting the record straight. I've been in f***ing bad place for weeks now but reason for that is this: I found text messages on Alex's phone when she was 6 weeks old, it was to a man and he was arranging to meet up with him as Roxanne for sex.
'It wasn't the first time either. So yeah I'm in hell right now but who wouldn't be.
'Oh and yes when I was 8 months pregnant Alex turned my house into a sex dungeon and I slept on my flat floor for days…Cos I couldn't come home. (sic)'
Read the full interview with Alex Reid in this week's Now magazine, out now.