Omar Borkan Al Gala, the UAE national, deported from Saudi Arabia for being "too handsome", has given his first interview after becoming an Internet sensation.
In an exclusive interview with GMA Channel 7, a local television network in the Philippines, Al Gala revealed how the instant international stardom has changed his life.
"First day, two Chinese people were walking, they recognized my face... so they asked for taking a picture and they were like forcing me on taking picture. So I accepted the picture and I took a picture with them... they were like good people. And I like it," Al Gala said.
"Now I start noticing a lot of people recognising my face in the malls, in crowded places... and there's a lot of people noticing me, there's a lot of people taking pictures of me. And that feels amazing to be honest with you, it's great."
Al Gala, who is also a fashion photographer and poet, has a Facebook page with more than 700,000 likes. And, there's good news for his female followers - the 25-year-old is single.
"I give love for whoever gives me love, I just get loved back," he said, "Whoever says I love you. I say, I love you too."
Al Gala is currently in advanced talks with the producers of a short film - titled 51 - which is presently in the financing stages of production. The film is to be directed by John Steven Baltazar and written by Michelle Nickelson. It will also feature 24 and Homeland actor Navid Negahban, as well as Mylène Gomera, Dana Hamdan and Rik Aby.
"For me, I take everything easy in life and I don't let any negative affect my personal life," he said, adding, "I think I will always gonna look good, I will always keep a smile on my face, and you know a smile never hurts."