Love Island’s Tom Powell has revealed that he’s a regular user of anabolic steroids.
The fitness trainer, who previously dated fellow 2016 contestant Sophie Gradon, says that the constant pressure to ‘look good’ has driven him to use the drugs.
"Everyone in South Wales is on them – it is rife here," said the star.
"The temptation to take them has always been there but I felt I didn’t know enough about it. I was reading about steroids for years.
"After Love Island, I was mixing with some of my idols in the fitness industry and I found out they were all on steroids, so I decided to make the leap.
"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 ended up taking them anyway.”
NHS advises that anabolic steroids, drugs that mimic the effects of the male hormone testosterone, should only be taken when prescribed by a doctor.
The class C drugs are sometimes taken without medical advice to increase muscle mass and improve athletic performance. If used in this way they can cause serious side effects such as liver disease, high blood pressure and extreme aggressiveness or depression.
Tom told Wales Online : "It can be massively addictive – you feel super-human when you are on it.
"Once you are off them, you realise you were much better on steroids.
“You do not crave it, you don’t need them, but it is psychologically addictive because you are not as powerful – you think ‘I am not as good as I was’.”
Tom, who only drinks alcohol about once a month as he thinks people need to "pick their poison", said he hasn’t suffered many side effects from taking steroids but he has had night sweats.
"For me, it is about quality of life, not quantity. I would rather live a shorter life than live to a hundred and do nothing.
"I would rather have a great life," he said.
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