X Factor legend Wagner is a hero to the British public – but now he’s leaving our shores to make a huge career change.
The 66-year-old former gymnast teacher, who rose to fame overnight in 2010 when she auditioned for an ITV singing competition, is returning to her native Brazil.
Wagner didn’t make it through the live shows at first but was entertainingly brought back by judge Louis Walsh to enter the over-28 category and significantly made it to the quarterfinals.
While Wagner was living happily near Birmingham with his wife Lydia, 36 years his junior and their children – he sacrificed himself to provide for their future.
Speaking exclusively to The Mirror, the performer, full name Wagner Fiuza-Carrilho, explained: “I like it here but I’m going to Brazil to start a hair transplant business.”
The singer, who became known for remixes of classic songs like She Bangs and Love Shack, had personal experience with hair transplants after going bald in 2013 and having two separate procedures. separate.
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The X Factor star is known on the show for his lovely long locks, but his roots fall back and his hair is starting to thin.
Wagner goes to Vinci Hair Clinic to transfer healthy hair follicles from the back of the head to the areas that need them – a hole in the top of the head and the front.
“I am living proof that hair transplants work. I had a hair transplant eight years ago and I have lost nothing. I have lost more beard than my head,” he said.
He became very good friends with owner Salvar Björnsson, who has 40 clinics around the world and is letting Wagner open a new franchise in northeastern Brazil, where he grew up.
“So you’re asking me to go back to paradise, palm trees, 12 months of the sea, to go and make money? I’m going to make a lot of money. I’m going back to the UK. just one more flight ,” he explained.
“Once the clinic is up and running, I can hire an English-speaking manager and when I die, Lydia will communicate with the manager and I can die in peace now.”
At first, Wagner will stay in Brazil for at least three or four months while finding space, decorating, finding some staff, and training them.
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Not that he needs one right now, but Wagner will be able to get another hair transplant whenever he likes.
He is making a lot of sacrifices by leaving the UK, but the big career change is to provide for his partner Lydia and their children.
The couple met in December 2010 at a gig in Stourbridge, Dudley, just weeks after Wagner was dropped from the X Factor.
He was introduced to her by one of his former karate students – and Lydia has her own karate club in Kingswinford.
“As soon as I stepped out of the TV show, I met Lydia,” explains Wagner, who then tells us what made him fall in love. “I’m not just talking about her beauty but also her personality.
“She looks so honest and innocent, she’s not evil at all. She’s a beautiful soul and I thought, ‘I’m so lucky, she’s beautiful’.”
Asked about their 36-year age gap, Wagner added: “No, it doesn’t bother me because mentally I don’t age. I just know I’m 66 because it’s on my birth certificate.”
The couple are parents of two, with Wagner admitting words can’t describe how “wonderful” fatherhood is, but said it’s too early to say if they’ll follow in his musical footsteps. him or not.
Wagner is still doing gigs but not as many as before, admitting he finds it difficult to get back to the same flow.
He created another source of income, personalized video messages, and believed he was the “inventor of this business” before people like Cameo came along.
After making tons of free video messages for special events, Lydia suggested that he start charging.
At first, Wagner thought “she had lost her head” and didn’t think it would work, but together they turned it into a business.
“A lot of people say ‘you have to despair and let go’. I just thought I was making all these requests for free,” explained the singer.
“Someone said I was ‘smashing the bottom of the barrel’. But soon people started paying and understood that it was a fair business.
“All of the UK market is mine. I’m like everyone’s messenger. During Christmas I sometimes make 60-70 videos a day. It’s so outrageous, I’ve become a slave to it. own videos. That’s 365 days a year.”
Wagner says he is a “messenger to the British people” but now he sells fewer videos than before because there is so much competition.
“Today there are many different platforms with thousands of competitors and celebrities,” he said. “They’re all doing it. The market used to be mine and now it’s shared among thousands of competitors.”
In addition to taking video requests, Wagner is also available to be hired for bachelorette parties, weddings or club nights.
There’s no doubting his popularity, with one fan honking and waving to Wagner while he stood outside his home following this interview.
He said: “It’s a wonderful thing. There’s nothing better than being loved. Wherever I go, people love me and it’s such a wonderful feeling. I can only tell. Thank you to the British people for the way they welcomed me.”
Wagner also advanced his time on The X Factor, where he made it all the way to the quarterfinals before losing his spot.
He still talks to some of his fellow contestants, including Sam Bailey, Mary Byrne, Rebecca Ferguson and Tracy Cohen, as well as keeps a pair of sunglasses given to him by One Direction’s Zayn Malik.
Talking about the experience, he said: “When you join The X Factor, you’re like a prisoner, you can’t go anywhere because you become their property, their property to the show.
“At 7 a.m. you have to be ready to go to the studio, then record, go for an interview, the show is huge. Then we come home at 11 a.m. So it’s a full-time job. time.
“There was some tension among the other contestants but I was never tense because I didn’t expect to get this far. I’m grateful every day I was there.
“When a samurai goes to war, he is not afraid because their attitude is ‘I’m dead and the door to my life is my opponent”. So I thought ‘I’m out of the show, if I stay. a bonus’.”
Wagner is in great shape now and goes to the gym six or seven times a week, so it looks completely different from how he did on the show.
“When I walked, I was thin. While on the program, I couldn’t exercise or run. I couldn’t jog on the street,” he explained.
“I put on weight very easily, because I ate good food and couldn’t exercise, soon after that I formed a belly that I had to work very hard to get rid of.”
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