Joey Essex claims he has found God after being left with two crucifixes on his back following a freak gym accident.
The former ‘Only Way Is Essex’ star accidentally hit himself with a skipping rope and thinks the cross-shaped marks left on his back could be a message from his late mother Tina who committed suicide when he was just 10 years old.
“I was skipping hard in the gym when I accidentally lashed myself. It drew blood and hurt.
“When I looked at the injuries I saw two big perfect crosses — they are the crucifixes you get.
“Maybe it’s a message from Mum but I’m going with it being a sort of religious message.”
The 25-year-old admitted he thought about turning to God when he first lost his mother but decided against it for fear of being judges.
He told The Sun newspaper:
“Being a Christian is sort of not cool… I have suppressed such feelings before but this is weird.
“Before I didn’t want to get involved. I was scared of looking stupid but now I am comfortable with it.
“I won’t be telling my mates though in case they think I’ve gone strange.
“I am older and confident and comfortable enough to deal with it now without worrying about being laughed at. Now I know I’ve seen the signs. It is what it is.”