Brian Johnson, better Known as the organ-devouring male influencer Liver King, he admitted to using the steroid in a grim video shared on his YouTube and Instagram accounts.
“I totally accept that I screwed it up,” he said in his six-minute confession. “I’m as sorry as a man can be.”
The distressing statement comes in response to a video from another bodybuilder, Derek of online fitness brand More Plates More Dates, which purports to show emails in which Johnson described his steroid regimen – a set of injections costing about $11,000 per month. Since the launch of the Liver King character in August of 2021, Johnson has given numerous interviews in which he has categorically denied using performance-enhancing drugs to achieve his muscular physique. He also brushed off accusations of steroid use from Joe Rogan, the King of the Podcast.
But in just three days, the hour-long “More Plates More Dates” garnered 3 million views, with many in the fitness community saying it confirmed their suspicions about Johnson.
“I’m here now to set the record straight,” Johnson says in the new video clip, then gives a deep sigh. “Yes, I take steroids, and yes, I take steroids, and I’m being watched and managed by a trained hormonal physician. The public figure, Lever King, had an experiment to spread the message.” He went on to address the social ills of suicide, depression, and anxiety, adding, “Our youth are the hardest hit.” He said that when he talks about low self-esteem, he is talking about himself.
He was already wealthy, and his nutritional supplement business successful, Johnson explained, before adopting the look of a liver king for social media. The character has attracted 1.7 million Instagram followers in just one year, with Johnson selling his products while advocating a caveman lifestyle of intense exercise and a “natural” raw diet of animal livers, hearts, and testicles. Johnson claimed he never expected Lever King to become a sensation – contradicting an alleged email included in the “More Plates More Dates” video where he appeared to hatch a plan to gain a million social media followers in a matter of months. He did not confirm or deny the authenticity of this message or any other private correspondence that is now being circulated.
Johnson also vowed to talk about steroid use “publicly” in the future, “because I believe there is a time and a place for pharmacological intervention” if supervised by a doctor. However, he again denied having had abdominal implants or other plastic surgery.
On YouTube, the reaction was mostly negative, with commenters criticizing Johnson for bringing up the mental health problems of others as the reason for his pattern of lying. Some called the video “damage control” or insincere, with many saying he was just sorry he was caught.
Johnson found more support on his Instagram page. “No bullshit, no excuses,” one fan wrote. “I gained respect with me from this position. Lots of love!” Another said, “It takes a lot of acknowledgment when you made a mistake, and honestly, I’m glad you came clean. You are a truly inspiring man, and definitely someone to look up to in the fitness world.”
Redditors were much less impressed. One remarked, “The photo of him confessing to using steroids is hilarious, like a kid covered in blueberry pie admitting to eating a pie.” “Thinking of all the guys who ate testicles legit trying to be this guy,” someone else quipped.
As Johnson himself has noted, he’s not a competitive athlete, so it’s not like he’s going to be disciplined or suspended by a sports organization. Nor is it likely that an admission that he lied about PEDs would diminish his fame or his online audience, both of which were built on spectacle from the start. So, although Johnson referred to Lever King in the past tense, he expected him to live on, exaggerating the “bequeathed” doctrines And the The miraculous effects of human growth hormone. Oh, and the importance of never wearing a shirt.
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