Since 2020, Kawakawa Fox-Reo, an actor from New Zealand, has wowed viewers on Home and Away as Nikau Parata in the popular Channel Seven soap opera.
Fans of the long-running drama have been following the stories as Nikau and Bella Nixon’s relationship changes in unexpected ways.
After witnessing his father being shot and killed by the police during an attempted robbery, Nikau suddenly appeared in Summer Bay.
Despite a number of dramatic plotlines, the 24-year-old actor leads a luxurious off-screen life and finds love much more frequently than his on-screen alter persona.
Let’s look at the actor’s life off-screen, from his growing love to the steroids controversy and cringe-worthy cameo videos.
The Steroids Controversy
The soap actress had to publicly apologise earlier this year after making a contentious joke about using steroids.
After the 24-year-old actor shared a since-deleted selfie of himself in the gym on March 30 and captioned it, “I love steroids,” a slew of fans expressed their outrage.
Over 2,000 people liked and commented on the offensive post in the twelve days before it was taken down.
Some Instagram users, however, did not get the joke; one said she was unfollowing Kawakawa, and another called it “idiotic.”
The Daily Telegraph reported that after getting in touch with Channel Seven, the message was taken off, and Kawakawa then apologised.
The celebrity then released the following statement to The Daily Telegraph: “I recognise I have made a huge error in judgement with this post and I have deleted it.”
I truly apologise for my erroneous and misleading attempt at humour.
This must be a joke, right? One fan remarked, “Pretty sure your producers wouldn’t be fans of you pushing roids [steroids].
Another was added: “You’re a cool man, but please don’t promote drugs.” Young children look up to you.
Fans have watched the drama and breakdown of Nikau Parata’s love life in his Home and Away stories, but happily for Kawakawa, his real-life relationship couldn’t be more dissimilar.
The celebrity is quite discreet about his relationship with partner Chantal Millar, despite frequently sharing glimpses into his life on social media.
The gorgeous blonde has shared many adorable relationship photos as well as other pictures of the two of them enjoying beach activities.
Chantal released a number of adorable pictures of the couple while honouring Kawakawa’s birthday in November of last year, offering followers a peek inside their romance.
She simply wrote “HBD to my mans” as the post’s caption.
The images included candid shots of the couple taken at the beach, at the pool, outside in the city, and even some straightforward automobile selfies.
Chantal was born in New Zealand and now resides in Australia, just as Kawakawa.
Kawakawa’s most recent Instagram post with Chantal included a few images and a video of the couple as they participated in The Kids Foundation’s fundraising.
We wanted to express right away how challenging the situation is in the world right now, according to Kawakawa.
In the video, the two looked unified as they “put their hands up” to raise awareness for children who need assistance, sending their love to everyone who is suffering from the epidemic and the crisis in Afghanistan.
Even though he appears on one of the most popular soap operas in Australia, the actor made fans shudder when he joined the celebrity video website Cameo.
The actor started offering customised movies for as little as $90 ($74) and messaging him for as little as $6.
“I’m really pumped and excited to be hanging out with you through this platform – let’s chill,” the celebrity said in a video posted on the website.
As he wished a fan whose father was ill well, another observes him slouching on the ground with a hoodie knotted firmly over his head and seemed really exhausted.
Although the celebrity only has five reviews on the website, it seems that viewers are loving his films.
One amazing fan’s review stated: “Thank you soooo much!! I adore it so much! xx I adore running my fan page and thank you for saying you’d follow it, it means so much to me! Made my day and will make my birthday sooo amazing! Thank you once more and stay safe!