The singer and actor stunned many fans by unveiling a very muscular new build via Twitter earlier this year, the result of eight months hard work at the gym.
Ray appeared on ITV's Loose Women this week to talk about his new lifestyle and what prompted such a dramatic makeover.
"I've been in the industry for 20 years and it was just sort of… I'm still only 27 and I fancied a new me and a new change and a way of directing positivity in my life," he explained.
"After Dancing on Ice, everything calmed down a little bit and I ended up putting on a bit of weight and not feeling great, and I thought there was only one thing for it, eat well and get back in the gym."
Ray said he'd been going to the gym five times a week but denied suggestions working out was an obsession, saying it was just something he did to feel good. He did say, however, that he gets agitated when he skips an exercise session.
Guest panellist Katie Price took the opportunity to give his arms and chest a little feel. "I was going to say 'is that steroids?' but it's not," she said. "Now I've seen you I will shut [critics] up. That doesn't look like steroids."
Ray said he wasn't planning to pursue any bodybuilding or fitness career, saying: "I only did it purely for my own self-esteem to feel good about myself and I think if you feel good about yourself you leak that to people around you, positivity and health as well as they say."
Now, he's concentrating on new music, saying he's been working with writers and producers over the past eight to nine months and is looking forward to everyone hearing the results.