Nigel Farage has described the attention over his new moustache as "just hilarious" and revealed he may return as Ukip leader if Brexit is not delivered.
Farage caused a stir on Friday when video surfaced of him being interviewed while sporting bushy whiskers, but the MEP credited the social media storm that followed to a slow news day.
BREAKING: Nigel Farage has a moustache. 77,482 hipsters just shaved theirs off in the last hour.
-- Matt Haig (@matthaig1) August 12, 2016
Left: Emei moustache toad
Right: Nigel Farage pic.twitter.com/v3VeuUIjCv
-- Matt Elliott (@MGElliott) August 12, 2016
Aha! Nigel Farage looking a bit like an early Alan Partridge with his new moustache pic.twitter.com/TnzsAiJVlG
-- David Singleton (@singersz) August 12, 2016
"I don't know whether it is a reflection of the trivialisation of our political discourse in this country or whether it is just a symptom of the fact it is mid-August and no one has anything else to talk about," he told The Sunday Times.
"I just had a few days off and it is August," Farage said. "It is a very good dummy run for Movember."
The former Ukip leader has been enjoying a break from politics after tasting victory with the Brexit vote but he would not rule out returning to his old job.
Farage has quit and returned once before, in the space of a few days, following the 2015 general election.
"If Brexit wasn't delivered, then I would have to think seriously about plunging back in," he said. "But I hope I don't have to."