Former TOWIE star Kirk Norcross has apologised to his fans after naked pictures of him performing a sex act emerged online.
The 25-year-old reality star was left red-faced after the explicit snaps - believed to be from a Skype chat with a young woman - appeared on Twitter.
In a cheeky message to his fans on Twitter, he admitted that it was a 'stupid' mistake but seemed to be making light of the embarrassing situation.
"Sorry guys," he told his 1 million followers. "People these days!!!! Cooooome oooonnn guys we have all done it I'm just the stupid one that got caught!"
The X-rated photos sparked a frenzy when they appeared online earlier this week, with thousands of Twitter users retweeting the images.
The leak comes just weeks after the reality star told The Sun he "didn't care" who saw him naked.
'You should be locked up'
While some fans believed that it was a betrayal at the hands of a scorned former lover, some accused the self-confessed lothario of leaking the photos himself to help garner media attention.
One viewer said: "Convenient to leak when his books out, he's so big headed he's probably loving it."
"Cant stand him, but the abuser that posted his private snaps online should hang their head in shame. Posting pics like that of people in their intimate moments serves no purpose other than to humiliate and you should be locked up," another added.
A spokesman for Norcross said of the leaked photos: "The attempted actions of a certain individual to publicly embarrass and humiliate Kirk with the release of grossly intimate and personal images is nothing but malicious and socially irresponsible.
"Kirk is mortified and hugely disappointed that a private moment from the past has been shared in such an irresponsible manner and would like to apologise for any offence they have caused."