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RTE's Marty Whelan: 'I looked like a Mexican illegal immigrant before my hair transplant'

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Marty Whelan has opened up on his hair transplant – and admitted he looks like an Mexican illegal immigrant without it.

The RTE star went under the knife earlier this year to get his locks rejuvenated as he feared he’d lose his job otherwise.

Now the 58-year-old has said he used to “like a Mexican that had just come over the border illegally into Texas” before the procedure.

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He added: “I feel I look better with that that I did without it. And as I have said to people, ‘I am the warmest winter I have ever had’.

“It really is! I do feel better about myself because I was devastated when I started losing my hair in my 40s.

“I mean if you looked at my pictures from my early 2FM days, it’s just hilarious, I looked like a Mexican that had just come over the border illegally into Texas! I have this huge black moustache and this monstrous mob of hair.”

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Meanwhile, Marty has told VIP Magazine he will never shave off his moustache – and the one time he did was given out to by his wife.

He added: “The moustache is the trademark and it has a life of its own! I couldn’t shave it off now – my lip would be down to my knees!

“And I would look quite odd without it, because I have had it all my life. I went for a job in my 20s and someone said that I looked very young, so I went off and grew a moustache and then got the job and kept the moustache.

“I did shave it off once, but Maria promptly told me to grow it again, and that was the end of that!”