A reverend who has built up a 117,000-strong Instagram following and been dubbed “Hot Priest” in the media has revealed the X-rated messages he now gets from lovestruck fans.
Reverend Chris Lee, from west London in the UK, has shot to fame recently thanks to the growing popularity of his “60-second sermons” he posts to social media.
He has been widely likened to the “Hot Priest” character from hit TV show Fleabag, and his many followers have pushed him to launch his own podcast or YouTube channel because of his skyrocketing fame.
The 36-year-old – an Anglican vicar at St Saviour’s Church – regularly shares selfies and snaps of himself with his wife Jenny and young daughters Saoirse and Rose as well as brief clips on religion.
But while many loyal fans leave comments praising his work, there are also plenty who seem more interested in his looks.
“I stan,” one Instagram user posted recently, while another wrote: “Good looking as always” and another described him as “a snack”.
“Looking really … holy!!!” another commented under a selfie, while others simply said: “You’re handsome!” and “Rev Chris cute as always”.
”If u (sic) were around here I might actually go to church again,” another posted, while another said: “How can Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Chris Pratt compete with that.”
Speaking with the UK Telegraph recently, Mr Lee revealed he had been sent flirtatious messages and even naked pictures from female followers.
“I’ve had some dodgy stuff sent to me – like some women sending me nudes or whatever … My wife is like, ‘Right, block!”’ he told the publication.
However, he was keen to downplay his “heart-throb” status and said the attention – including being stopped for selfies at funerals – was “embarrassing”.
“I don’t know if that’s what I’m seen as, but I think there’s an aspect of social media that desires a little bit of it I suppose … but I think my content is more important.
“There’s many better looking people than me out there, and my content speaks more volumes … although the looks can’t hurt if they compare me to the ‘hot priest’ – that’s a nice ego boost but not one I’m going for!”
He said social media was a “tool” he was using to engage with young people and inspire them to re-engage with the church.
Mr Lee originally worked in business before being ordained as a deacon at age 24 during a stint in Tanzania.
However, he’s not the only person to go viral after becoming a pin-up for their industry.
Earlier this year, it was revealed an Instagram star and police officer known as Germany’s “hottest cop” was back at work after receiving an official warning over her racy bikini photos.
Adrienne Koleszar, a police officer from Dresden, has managed to amass a 661,000-strong following on social media in recent years after being named “the most beautiful policewoman in Germany” in 2016.
Her Instagram feed is filled with photos of the 34-year-old in bikinis and workout gear as well as snaps of her enjoying exotic locations all over the world.
And in April, Anna Khramtsova, a Russian mother-of-one with a law degree and experience on the police force under her belt, was named the most beautiful member of the 340,000-strong Russian National Guard, which was established by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I do get to hear those old jokes about blondes in service, but I ignore them — and just serve stylishly,” she said at the time.
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