Brian Johnson, you’re better known as a member of the male-destroying influence of “Liver King,” he admitted to the use of steroids in a somber video shared on his YouTube and Instagram accounts.
“I fully own what I did,” he said in the six-minute confession. “I apologize as a man.”
The sad statement comes in a video response from another bodybuilder, Derek of the online fitness brand “More Plates More Days,” which shows emails in which Johnson described his steroid regimen – a suite of injections worth $11,000 a month. Since launching the Liver King persona in August 2021, Johnson has given numerous interviews during which he has flatly denied using performance-enhancing drugs to achieve his muscular physique. He also brushed aside allegations of steroid use by podcast kingpin Joe Rogan.
But in just three days, the hour-long “Extra Plates of the Day” generated 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 said in his new video, then let out a deep sigh. “Yes, I have done steroids, and yes, I use steroids, monitored and administered by a professional hormone doctor. Liver King, a prominent public figure, was an attempt to spread the message. He went on to mention the social problems of suicide, depression and anxiety, adding: “Our boys are the worst.” When he talks about self-doubt, he’s talking about himself.
Johnson announced that he was already rich, and that his supplement business was successful, before adopting the guise of the Liver King on social media. The persona attracted 1.7 million Instagram followers in just one year, with Johnson selling his products while promoting a caveman lifestyle featuring extreme exercise and a “natural” raw diet of animal livers, hearts and testicles. Johnson says he never expected the King of Liver to go viral – contradicting an email allegedly included in the “More Plates of Days” video in which he appeared to lay out a plan to get a million social media followers within months. He has not confirmed or denied the authenticity of that message, or any other private correspondence currently circulating.
Johnson also promised to talk about the use of steroids “openly” in the future, “because I believe there is a time and a place for medical intervention,” if it is checked by a doctor. She also denied, however, that she has had ab implants or other plastic surgery.
On YouTube, the responses were negative, with commenters criticizing Johnson for drawing on the mental health issues of others as the reason for his pattern of lying. Some called the video “damage control” or dishonest, with many saying he was sorry he was caught.
Johnson received more support on his Instagram page. One fan wrote: “No obscenity, no excuses. “I have gained respect for myself in this position. Lots of love!” Another said, “It takes a lot to admit it when you’ve made a mistake, and to be honest, I’m glad you recovered. You’re a real inspiration, and definitely someone to look up to in the fitness world.”
Redditors were less impressed. Another said: “The picture of him admitting to using steroids is funny, like a kid with a face covered in blueberry pie admitting to eating pie. “I’m thinking of all the legal testicle eaters trying to be this guy,” joked another.
As Johnson himself noted, he is not a competitive athlete, so it is not likely that he will be disciplined or suspended by the sports organization. And admitting that he lied about PEDs is likely to reduce his popularity or his online audience, both of which were built into the show in the first place. So, although Johnson referred to Liver King in the past, expect him to live, speaking both “ancestral” doctrines. and The amazing effects of human growth hormone. Oh, and the importance of never wearing a shirt.