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An Élite star has his (and his fans’) underwear in a twist in new photoshoot

After seven seasons, Omar Ayuso will soon no longer be heating up our screens on Spanish soap Élite. But if this new photoshoot is anything to go by, he’ll be searing our social media feeds for a long time to come.

On Tuesday, Ayuso shared an image from the recent shoot. Wearing nothing but knee-high boots, long gloves, and white briefs, he’s pictured sliding his arms down and coming dangerously close to wearing only two of the aforementioned items. “Can’t get you out of my head – kylie minogue,” Ayuso wrote in the caption, giving a voice to his followers’ thoughts.

Ayuso is no stranger to internet-breaking thirst traps. In May 2020, he shared a photo of himself with an anonymous naked man pictured in a corner FaceTime screencap—a post so spicy Instagram had to take it down. Later that month, he officially came out in a series of photos with his (now clothed) boyfriend, artist Alonzo Diaz.

On Élite, Ayuso has scored international fame for his role as gay Palestinian Muslim Omar Shanaa. Since season one, fans have watched Omar fall in love with his first boyfriend, Ander (Arón Piper), and fall in lust when the couple went throuple with season four’s Patrick (Manu Rios).

After a one-year break, Ayuso is now back for season seven. This current season finds Omar navigating a new, drama-filled relationship with Joel (Fernando Líndez)—who just so happens to be cheating on him with Iván (André Lamoglia). Hopefully by Élite’s upcoming eighth and final season, Omar will get the happy ending he deserves.

Recently, Ayuso opened up in an interview with GQ España about how the show’s fame has affected his life and relationships. “I always have this fear of the power difference,” he said. “I’m very concerned about consent. I wouldn’t want anyone to do things they didn’t want to do. All of this concerns me quite a bit. I try to verbalize it a lot with my sporadic sexual relationships, and with my already deeper relationships. Because of my ‘famous’ status, you know?

“I thought it wouldn’t affect me that much when I found love, but lately I’m realizing that it does. I’m very closed off because of it. From other things, too. [Fame] makes me very closed off.”

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