After fans took offence to a recent Instagram post by Kawakawa Fox-Reo, he was forced to apologise.
On March 30, the 24-year-old Home and Away actor captioned a since-deleted selfie of himself at the gym, ‘I love steroids.’
The message was removed when The Daily Telegraph contacted Channel Seven, according to The Daily Telegraph, and Kawakawa then issued an apology.
He told The Daily Telegraph, “I know I made a severe error of judgement with this post and I have deleted it.”
‘I recognise that my attempt at comedy was mistaken and deceptive, and I apologise profusely.’
On the hit Channel Seven soap, the New Zealand-born actor portrays Nikau Parata, and he has over 53,000 Instagram followers.
In the 12 days before it was removed, the offending post earned almost 2,000 likes and 36 comments.
However, not everyone got the joke, with one Instagram user claiming to have unfollowed Kawakawa and another calling it ‘idiotic.’
‘Isn’t this a joke?’ One fan replied, “I’m sure your producers wouldn’t approve of you advertising roids [steroids].”
‘Ur [You’re] a cool man, but please don’t advertise drugs,’ I said. ‘You [you] are idolised by little children.’
Kawakawa has previously expressed insecurity about his figure, revealing that filming shirtless sequences for Home and Away made him ‘nervous.’
‘I’ve always been a skinny kid,’ she says. ‘I’ve always had a fairly quick metabolism,’ he admitted.
‘To be honest, I was a little nervous and self-conscious when I initially started.’ But, through time, I’ve learned to just get over myself and perform my work.
‘I’ve also learned to appreciate myself a little bit more as a result of it.’ It is no longer a source of concern for me, however it was previously.
‘I was self-conscious about how slim I was, afraid of what others would think.’ Who cares what other people think when you love yourself enough?’