A 12-year-old boy who has started a successful car-washing business in Swindon was inspired to do so by controversial influencer Andrew Tate.

Harvey launched his valeting service to realise his dream of working with supercars.

Harvey’s business has become popular, with mum Stacey Moss saying “it's just got wild” and is booked until the middle of the summer holidays.

When asked what drives him, mum said: “Two things. He’s always seen me, I’ve got my own beauty business. 

“He's always said, ‘I'm gonna be like you and work hard so I can pay you back for what you've done to me as a kid.

“Second, funny enough, it’s actually Andrew Tate. 

“I don't know too much about the guy but he's always said that he's started from nothing and he’s managed to make his own money from this and that.”

Stacey says Harvey is less interested in him now but always used to cite Andrew Tate and his mum as his two inspirations.

Tate, a self-proclaimed 'misogynist' saw early success with various social media platforms as an influencer, particularly among young men. But he has since been banned from most mainstream channels for his views.

The former kickboxer, who calls himself a self-made millionaire through adult entertainment, currently stands accused of rape and human trafficking offences in Bulgaria and more recently faces tax evasion charges from police in the UK.

Harvey began the business with the help of a family friend who works with cars, but mum said: “We didn't expect it to go so big”.

“It's just got wild and he's on Facebook now and he's got loads of followers. He's really started from kind of nothing and built up from there.”

While some companies have started supporting him with products and training, A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for better materials for Harvey, who charges £20 to clean cars.

Stacey said: “He makes me really, really proud. He didn't even expect to get so many customers. It's really nice that everyone's given the chance to be able to build a little dream.”

Tate denies charges of forming an organised crime group to sexually exploit women.

He once said: "I'm a realist and when you're a realist, you're sexist. There's no way you can be rooted in reality and not be sexist”, yet his ultra-masculine rhetoric appeals to many young men.

An article published by McGill University concluded: “Although facing incarceration in Romania, Andrew Tate has left a harmful legacy because misogyny, sexism, and violence towards women have become dominant ideologies that are present amongst young men and boys in today's classrooms.”

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