All of your wildest fantasies are about to become a reality, thanks to Alessandro Proto—the man claiming to be the real-life Christian Grey!
For those who don’t know, the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy originally began as Twilight fan fiction, but now an Italian real estate professional is coming forward to tell the world that he inspired the elusive and handsome CEO.
Alessandro and Fifty Shades writer E.L. James met while she was working on a novel about celebrities buying high-end property in Italy; he was the perfect man for the job—having worked with the elite, such as Brad Pitt, Leonardo Dicaprio and Madonna.
And since the popular novel became a bestseller, he has noticed several similarities between himself and Mr. Grey.
“The firm Grey runs in called Grey Enterprise Holding. Mine is called Proto Organization Holding,” he explained. “When I met E. L. James I used to drive a R8 Audi. My office is located at the eighth floor. It is the highest in the building. I came from nothing, so I see top floors as a metaphor for achievement and success.”
The businessman added that there are more similarities—like his work ethic, success or diversion to the press—but that there’s one major difference between him and Mr. Grey.
“Everything that has to do with S&M is pure imagination, I assure you,” he told New York Daily News. “I’m an old-fashioned man when it comes to sex, I’m not into that kind of fantasies.”
Apparently Fifty Shades fans didn’t get that memo—since he admitted that the discovery that he was the man behind the character, a group of Swiss women began a fan club, and even received a few “indecent proposals.”
Still, he admits that the books weren’t exactly his cup of tea (no pun intended).
“I started reading it because I was curious to know what the press was writing about me, but I quit after a few pages,” he explained. “It’s not really my thing.”