TOWIE star Joey Turner has shocked fans again by dressing up as JESUS for Halloween.
The reality TV star depicted Christ after his execution on the cross with fake red blood dripping from his eyes and throat.
Joey held a crucifix and wore a red vestment across his shoulders – often seen on priests as they symbolise Christ's suffering.
He even made a crown made of thorns which he clipped into his newly bleached hair.
The university student shared the photo on Instagram and said he acknowledged Jesus was an iconic martyr.
He captioned his photo on Instagram: "martyrs are exceptional people.
"They survive pain, they survive total deprivation, they bear all the sins of the earth, they give themselves up, they transcend themselves."
Some followers took offence to his bizarre tribute to Jesus, with one writing: "This is not good. Please reach out for help. Its offensive to the Christian faith."
Another said: "No respect for the religion of Christianity😔"
And one more outraged follower wrote: "Wow your far from any representation off Jesus!!! Your suppose to be an influencer!!! People follow you from your Towie days… anyone else put this up it would be taken down!!!"
Jesus Christ’s execution on a cross – the Crucifixion – is of fundamental significance to the billions of Christians around the world.
It symbolises the sacrifice of God’s son to atone for the sins of mankind. The cross itself is the icon of the faith.
Jesus was tried by the Jewish leaders, the Sanhedrin, and sentenced to death for blasphemy after insisting he was God’s son.
The local Roman governor Pontius Pilate tried to save him, but then confirmed his sentence.
Jesus was flogged and mocked by Roman soldiers as “King of the Jews”.
According to some gospels he was made to walk to the site of his crucifixion carrying his own cross.
Joey, 20, has sparked worry as he has appeared slimmer than usual in recent Instagram posts, but he tells The Sun he’s always been “tall and skinny” and plans to stay that way.
Addressing his weight, he explains: “The thing is I have always had a long thin frame, I am 5ft 11ins so I am quite tall and I have always had a long frame.
“Maybe I have lost weight, but not because I am starving myself.
“I weigh seven and half stone, but I don’t weigh myself. I don’t care about how much I weigh. I am skinny, I can’t help that I am skinny. I am not going to apologise to anyone.”
Joey believes he has a healthy diet and on an average day he eats a bowl of Special K, a salad for lunch and sushi for dinner. When he goes out he enjoys vodka with water.
He admits: “I don’t eat loads. I am not really a foodie, that’s not me being anorexic, I just don’t care to participate in gluttony.”
He tells us that his friends and family are aware of his eating habits and although his mum does tell him he’s skinny, she’s not worried about him, saying: “She knows me, she knows my medical history, she knows my metabolism and she knows my mindset.”
The fashion lover quit Towie in May of this year and is now studying fashion design at university in London.
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