Dr Alex George has revealed he has been threatened with violence after buying several properties in Pembrokeshire.
On Sunday the former Love Island star, 31, told how he had purchased four properties in the Welsh county and that one would be used to house a Ukrainian family fleeing the war.
But despite many applauding him for the kind gesture, some locals have slammed the star for purchasing the large amount of cottages.
Oh no: Dr Alex George has revealed he has been threatened with violence after buying several properties in Pembrokeshire as locals say he is pricing out people who live in the area
They also highlighted that people in the area are struggling to find homes themselves due to a shortage and that those buying second holiday homes like Dr Alex push up prices.
Some said that his decision to buy them was ‘disappointing and upsetting’ and criticised him for being part of the problem that locals cannot afford to live or buy a property in their area.
After receiving the backlash, Dr Alex has defended his decision, saying he has received threats of violence after announcing the purchase and that the cottages would not be suitable for residential purchase.
News: On Sunday the former Love Island star, 31, told how he had purchased four properties in the Welsh county that one would be used to house a Ukrainian family fleeing the war
He wrote on his Instagram Story: ‘For clarification, because it seems to have caused quite a lot of confusion. These ‘cottages’ are a singular converted farm out-house. These are on the land/property of another residential house.
‘I am not going to discuss all the details of this because of the obvious (it’s social media). There is a good reason why we have opted for most to be for holiday stars and one of which can be for a refugee family and yes, afterwards a local if the family decide to leave.
‘I appreciate those who have tried to respectfully share concerns about housing the area. Sadly I have received a number of threats of violence which is never acceptable. Let alone abuse.
‘You can take my word for it or not, these cottages would not be possible for residential purchase. If (I will not be pushing anyone out the door) and when the refugees wanted to leave, I will invite a local to rent the suitable flat.
Having his say: After receiving the backlash, Dr Alex has defended his decision, saying he has received threats of violence after announcing the purchase and that the cottages would not be suitable for residential purchase
‘I would happily meet with local leaders to discuss housing in Pembrokeshire and see how I can support. I am an avid campaigner and activist myself but being respectful and reasonable should always be a baseline for discussion.’
In response to his announcement that he was buying the houses, one local wrote on Twitter: ‘Dr Alex George posting on Instagram today about how he has bought 4 holiday homes in Pembrokeshire has been extremely disappointing and upsetting. Yes it is admirable that he is going to let a Ukrainian family live in one of the homes but what about the other 3 homes?
‘Pembrokeshire is going through a housing crisis and has been for some time now and the situation is not looking like it will improve any time soon. The current extra tax for second homes is clearly not working…’.
Reaction: In response to his announcement that he was buying the houses, one local wrote on Twitter: ‘Dr Alex George posting on Instagram today about how he has bought 4 holiday homes in Pembrokeshire has been extremely disappointing and upsetting’
Another wrote: ‘Amidst a housing shortage in Wales with many local residents priced out of their own community, Dr Alex George has bought 4 holiday homes in Pembrokeshire. He offers to house a Ukrainian family ‘as long as they need’ but will eventually use all 4 properties as holiday homes.’
However on Monday Dr Alex was praised by many fans after revealing he’d bought four holiday cottages and plans to house a Ukrainian family in one.
The star took to social media on Sunday to explain he plans on renovating the homes but wants to help out a family in need.
The star shared the exciting news with his 2million Instagram followers as he beamed in front of one of the doors.
He penned: ‘Today’s the day! I’m so excited to announce that I’ve bought 4 holiday cottages in beautiful Pembrokeshire, in Wales.
‘I initially bought these for my passion for property and renovation, as well as wanting to create relaxing spaces for families to holiday and enjoy the Welsh countryside in!’
He continued: ‘With all of the current devastation in Ukraine, I have decided I would love one of the cottages to be home to a Ukrainian family for as long as they need.
‘My plan is to start the renovations and get the properties into a good state to house a family as soon as possible.’
Heartfelt: However on Monday Dr Alex was praised by many fans after revealing he’d bought four holiday cottages and plans to house a Ukrainian family in one
Dr Alex took fans around the properties in his latest YouTube video detailing everything he is going to change.
The influencer explained how the ‘cottages are not in a fit state at the minute’ and hopes to renovate them as quickly as possible to help the refugees.
The reality star said: ‘We have all been moved by the things we have seen in Ukraine and I have felt quite powerless in the last few weeks and months.
‘What I would like to do is put a Ukrainian refugee family in to stay there as long as they need to.
‘I’m going to renovate these cottages as quickly as possible to a high standard and when one is done we can put a family in.
So sweet: The star has created a new Instagram account allowing fans to follow along the journey
‘The buildings are incredibly old and use to be farm buildings but have so much character and are nice and quirky.’
Dr Alex has created a new Instagram account @dralexrenovates for fans to follow along the journey which has already raked up 74.7 thousand followers in less than 24 hours.
Fans couldn’t contain their excitement for the heartfelt announcement.
They wrote: ‘You are amazing. Honestly a true influencer!’
Another wrote: ‘What a man, so admirable!!’ while a third said: ‘What an incredible thing to do!!’
Wow: The star bought the cottages initially for his ‘passion for property’ but with all of the devastation in Ukraine he decided one should be home to a Ukrainian family