The Circle's Manrika Khaira reveals the real Felix apologised to her over catfishing

Tasha Hegarty
·2-min read
Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

The Circle star Manrika Khaira has opened up about life outside and revealed that the real Felix has reached out to her and apologised for eventual winner Natalya Platonova's behaviour on the show.

Viewers will remember that Natalya joined The Circle partway through the series catfishing as paratrooper Felix, and formed a strong bond with Manrika, quickly becoming boyfriend and girlfriend.

Since the big reveal, the real-life Felix has been in touch with Manrika to apologise, and he even told her she was his favourite player on the show.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

"Me and the real Felix actually follow each other on Instagram," Manrika told Metro. "I've never said anything about it so people are obviously checking my followers.

"He basically sent me a voice note apologising for Natalya's behaviour. He said that I was his favourite person on the show."

Manrika went on to say that the real Felix is a "lovely guy" and they chat occasionally now they are social media pals.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

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"He's got a girlfriend anyway, which is fine. Honestly, I think I'm put off anybody called Felix for life.

"We follow each other on Instagram, he's a lovely guy. We chat now and again or reply to each others' stories, but yeah, that's it."

Manrika has been a victim of online trolling and abuse while on The Circle, which saw Channel 4 stepping in to remind viewers not to bully players on social media.

The Circle airs on Channel 4.

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