Ex-Love Island contestant Thomas Powell has been open about his addiction to steroids, revealing his habit forced him to have breast surgery, but he has no plans to stop.
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Love Island star Thomas Powell has revealed his addiction to steroids has forced him to have breast surgery – but he has no plans to break the habit.
The 30-year-old reality TV contestant live-streamed his breast surgery last week after suffering from a condition known as gynecomastia, which causes boys’ and men’s breasts to swell and become larger than normal, after taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Despite this side effect, Thomas told OK! that he has no intention of breaking the habit.
Just days after the surgery, he told the magazine: “Damn it, yeah! Without a doubt I will be on steroids for life.”
“I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs, I’m not a party animal. So steroids are kind of my poison – the benefits I get from them are so much healthier than going out,” he said.
Gynecomastia can be caused by various factors such as obesity, hormone imbalances and puberty, but Thomas freely accepts that it is due to injected steroids creating too much testosterone in his body.
The Love Island 2016 contestant first encountered growth hormone at the age of 16 when he was part of the Wales rugby team and injured himself.
It was only after appearing on Love Island that he used them again to make it in the fitness industry and cash in on sponsorship deals.
Beginning with Testosterone injections, he then began using steroid compounds including Testosterone Enanthate and Testosterone Propionate.
Sports competitions have banned the testosterone injections he uses.
As of 2017, Thomas has gone through six cycles of steroids after studying them during a course.
He is currently pausing steroids but has no plans to quit, claiming growth hormone has benefits such as: B. Better hair growth and skin growth.
However, the NHS is debunking claims that anabolic steroids would help people get ‘fit and healthy’.
The NHS website states: “Some people believe that taking anabolic steroids will help them get fit and healthy. That’s not true: Taking anabolic steroids is a dangerous drug habit.
It goes on to say: “Regular use of anabolic steroids can lead to physical and psychological changes as well as potentially dangerous diseases in both men and women.”
Although he plans to take PEDS in low doses for the foreseeable future, Thomas says he wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
“If you’re going to take them, take them as safely as possible. You have to know the ins and outs,” he says.
Thomas hopes the openness of his breast surgery will help remove the stigma of this type of surgery in men.
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Thomas, who dated Islander Sophie Gradon, who tragically took her own life in June 2019, has previously revealed that the constant pressure to look good drove him to using anabolic steroids.
“Everyone in south Wales is on them – it’s pretty common here,” the star said in 2019.
“The temptation to take them was always there, but I felt like I didn’t know enough about it. I’ve read about steroids for years.
“After Love Island, I hooked up with some of my idols in the fitness industry and found out they were all on steroids, so I decided to take the plunge.
“I don’t think Love Island had that much of an impact on my decision. It might have sped up the process, but I think I would have taken her anyway.”
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/love-islands-thomas-powell-reveals-26789379 Love Island's Thomas Powell reveals he needs breast surgery due to his lifelong steroid habit