Model star Thomas Skinner sparked outrage by filming an inspirational video for his 100,000 Instagram followers – while driving on the A13 in the rain
- The former Teacher candidate was filmed driving on the busy A13
- Thomas Skinner, 31, who runs a mattress company filmed the video during the heavy rain
- He has an inspirational quote that says: ‘Tough times don’t last but tough people do’
- Mr Skinner said it was less than 10mph and he was not holding a phone
An ex-Pict candidate caused outrage today by filming an inspirational video – while driving on the busy A13 in heavy rain.
Thomas Skinner, who runs a car company and describes himself as a ‘social media expert’, posted a video this morning as the bad weather caused road problems and many accidents. .
Mr Skinner, 31, who has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter, TikTok and Instagram, at one point took his hands off the steering wheel as he spoke about the fit.
The one-time TV star, who has also appeared on Celebrity Masterchef, posted the video on social media this morning in which she shared an inspirational message saying: ‘It’s tough out there, but do not despair. A positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. Hard times don’t last but hard people do. Then go to break the sun. Good morning from the car. Stop.’
But the camera that captures him is in the passenger seat, and he immediately takes his eyes off the road to fix it – and then takes both hands off the steering wheel to point.
Former candidate Thomas Skinner (pictured), 31, sparked outrage today by filming an inspirational video – while driving on the busy A13 in heavy rain.
‘It’s tough out there, but don’t give up. A positive thought in the morning changes your whole day,’ the TV personality told his 100,000 Instagram followers.
The videos got thousands of views and likes – but many pointed out how badly he was driving.
Comments from fans on the posts include ‘Should BOSH him driving into the car in front of him for not paying attention to the driver’; ‘I think you should look up the road, I’m sorry’; ‘Making me talk to the camera while driving’, ‘You should watch where you are before you crash’.
Others said he could be a police officer, with one saying ‘Hope you don’t die for a bad driver mate’ and another wrote: ‘Why are you filming yourself driving? Just take one to change lanes for you to crash! You can do something about sending this’.
Others said it looked like he was controlling the traffic on the road outside of him.
When contacted by MailOnline Mr Skinner defended his actions, saying: ‘I wasn’t going more than 10mph and the phone was sitting on a pedestal on the dashboard.
‘I didn’t touch it, my colleague in the car pressed the record button. It’s no different than talking to a passenger in the front seat. I can assure you that I did not touch the phone.’
Asked if he knew Mr Skinner was doing it, Skinner said: ‘No, that’s me in the filter lane coming off the A13.’
The businessman, from Romford, became known for his sensational marketing efforts when he appeared in series 15 of the BBC show in 2019 and next appeared on Masterchef.
Skinner says he showed an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, selling in markets at the age of 16, and attributed his business success to his ‘edgy’ personality.