Liver King, 45, admits lying about taking steroids to achieve his muscular physique which he claimed was down to his caveman-style diet of raw meat and regular exercise
- Brian Johnson – better known by his online pseudonym ‘Liver King’ – admitted he has done steroids in the past and is continuing to take testosterone once a week
- He rocketed to fame last year when he began posting fitness videos showing off his ripping physique and odd eating habits
- Johnson has repeatedly denied that he takes steroids, instead attributing his physique to his liver-eating lifestyle – billed as ‘ancestral living’
- In the video on Friday, Johnson says he convinced himself his steroid use has nothing to do with his success as he touted the benefits of the drugs
A TikTok influencer known for preaching the benefits of eating raw meat has admitted to taking steroids to achieve his muscular physique.
Brian Johnson – better known by his online pseudonym ‘Liver King’ – admitted in a six-minute-long video on Friday that he has done steroids in the past and is continuing to receive 0.6 milliliters of testosterone every week.
Johnson, 45, rocketed to internet fame late last year when he began posting fitness videos, often shirtless, that showed off his rippling physique and peculiar eating habits.
The influencer has repeatedly denied in interviews that he used steroids, saying he ‘stays away from that stuff’ while amassing a massive following as well as a multimillion-dollar empire.
He instead attributed his physical and financial success to his liver-eating lifestyle – billed to the millions who subscribe to his beliefs as ‘ancestral living.’
But he took a different tone on Friday when apologizing to his fans for his years of deceit as he tried to explain that he has self-esteem issues.
Brian Johnson – better known by his online pseudonym ‘Liver King’ – admitted in a six-minute-long video on Friday that he has done steroids in the past and is continuing to receive 0.6 milliliters of testosterone every week
In the video on Friday, Johnson openly confesses that he has been lying to the public about his drug use — though he lauded the benefits of taking extra testosterone.
‘I’m making this video to apologize because I f***** up, because I’m embarrassed and ashamed, because I lied,’ he begins.
He then goes on to explain why he lied to the public, saying: ‘I stated this is a complicated as f*** topic, at least to me it is, because before social media I was rich and anonymous, and after social media, I’m still rich but no longer anonymous.
‘I never expected this kind of exposure in the public eye,’ Johnson continued. ‘It’s been tricky as f*** to navigate.’
‘Well clearly I did it wrong, and I’m here now to set the record straight: Yes, I’ve done steroids, yes I am on steroids, monitored and managed by a trained hormone clinician,’ he revealed.
Johnson then started talking about why he created the Liver King persona, calling it ‘an experiment to spread the message [and] to bring awareness to the 4,000 people a day who kill themselves, the 80,000 people a day that try to kill themselves.
‘Our people are hurting at record rates with depression, autoimmune [issues], anxiety, infertility, low ambition in life,’ he says, claiming: ‘Our young men are hurting the most, feeling lost, weak and submissive.
‘So I made it my job to model, teach and preach a simple elegant solution called “ancestral living” so our people no longer have to suffer, so we can collectively express our highest and most dominant form.
‘This is my fight,’ he said. ‘This is why I exist.’
Johnson has become notorious for his videos showing him feasting on raw liver while touting extreme workout techniques billed as that of a modern caveman warrior
He would repeatedly claim that his appearance is ‘all natural’ and the result of following his ‘nine ancestral tenets’: sleep, eat, move, shield, connect, cold, sun, fight, and bond
Johnson has amassed millions of dollars and paying subscribers since late last year as he regularly posted videos showing him feasting on raw liver while touting extreme workout techniques billed as that of a modern caveman warrior.
He would repeatedly claim that his appearance is ‘all natural’ and the result of following his ‘nine ancestral tenets’: sleep, eat, move, shield, connect, cold, sun, fight, and bond.
These performances helped bolster the internet figure’s online business, Ancestral Supplements, where users can buy capsules containing beef organs, fish eggs, bone marrow, and other exotic animal products touted as the key to his success.
All the while, he said in the video posted Friday, he convinced himself that his steroid use ‘had nothing to do with the ancestral message.’
‘I convinced myself that I’m not a competitive athlete of any kind, so who the f*** am I cheating?’ he said. ‘I’ve convinced myself that this was the vocal minority, usually in the fitness category driving to an unproductive conversation, and I convinced myself that this would be the wrong message to send to 15-year-old boys.
‘So I continually dismissed it, and I have only dug myself into a bigger and deeper hole,’ he said, adding: ‘I have only myself to blame.’
These performances helped bolster the internet figure’s online business, Ancestral Supplements, where users can buy capsules containing beef organs, fish eggs, bone marrow, and other exotic animal products touted as the key to his success
Johnson then went on to tout the benefits of taking extra doses of testosterone, saying: ‘I believe there is a time and a place for pharmacological intervention, monitored and managed by a trained hormone physician.’
He revealed that he has tried ‘several peptide combinations in an effort to increase my growth hormone,’ but claimed they did not actually help before he says he went to a doctor and started pharmaceutical growth hormone ‘and I finally found success in managing therapeutic levels in the normal range.’
Johnson also denied that takes ‘any other steroids like nandrolone or Winstrol,’ but admitted: ‘I have tried them in the past without success.’
And, he denied ever having getting ab implants or ab etching, adding: ‘I sure as f*** never actually had gene editing done in Singapore. I made all of that up, it was supposed to be just a joke.’
Still, he maintains: ‘The Liver King brand has had nothing to do with my business success,’ claiming, ‘my companies were already kicking a**, already successful before the Liver King public figure, growing at 50 percent year over year and still growing at the same pace after.’
Johnson revealed in his confessional that he suffers from self-esteem issues, as he touted the benefits of taking testosterone
That is when he decided to reveal he is among the 85 percent of Americans who suffer from self-esteem issues, saying: ‘that’s me, I’m part of that statistic.
‘That’s why I f****** work myself to death in the gym,’ he said. ‘This is why I do 12 to 15 blood-burning workouts a day just to feel like I’m OK.’
‘Still, I have to absolutely crush myself to do so, and I’m wrecked physically and cognitively, and hormone replacement has helped in a profound and significant way,’ he claimed. ‘And still I believe that the path to Paradise is paved in f****** hell.’
‘I fully own that I f***** up,’ Johnson concluded. ‘All I can do is take extreme ownership right now, be better and lead myself to a better life as a better human.’
A fitness personality only known as Derek (right) released a tell-all video last week accusing the Liver King of extensively using steroids
The revelations come just days after a fitness personality known only as Derek, who is famed for unmasking fellow bodybuilders steroid use, released a tell-all video accusing the Liver King of extensively using steroids.
In the video, Derek – a sort of fitness watchdog with more than 1.4 million subscribers – shared emails allegedly sent by Johnson that laid out an extensive hormone regimen costing him $12,000 per month.
The emails, Derek claimed, were sent to an unnamed bodybuilding coach in mid-2021, before Johnson had launched his Liver King brand and surfaced as the CEO of shop that charges $30 to $65 a bottle for capsules containing grass-fed beef liver.
In these messages, a user with an email address attributed to Johnson lays out plans to gain a million social media followers within a matter of months through intense exercise – aided by three daily injections of human growth hormone (HGH).
In it, the sender thought to be Johnson laments about hitting a workout wall now that he’s in his mid-40s, and asks for guidance in an artificial effort to close that gap.
‘I’ve been working out for 35 years,’ the initial correspondence reads.
‘I know how to eat, train, rest and recover (I even have a hardshell hyperbaric chamber at my house)… but… as I’ve reached my mid-forties, it’s getting harder.’
The sender, whose identity has yet to be confirmed, goes on to complain that ‘the back fat f*cking kills me.’
Derek then recounted, in detail, an earlier 2021 email allegedly from Johnson in his own inbox, in which the soon-to-be Liver King expresses interest in acquiring HGH to improve his physique.
Less than a year later, Johnson’s videos propelled him to fame.
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