Love Island's Tom Powell admits he's addicted to steroids – but refuses to quit despite needing breast reduction surgery

LOVE Island star Tom Powell has revealed that his addiction to steroids forced him to get breast surgery – but still has no plans to quit the drug.

The reality TV contestant live-streamed his breast operation last week – and it certainly wasn't one for the faint-hearted.

After taking the performance-enhancing drug, the 30-year-old was left with a condition known as gynecomastia, which causes the male breasts to swell and become larger than normal.

Despite that side-effect, Thomas told OK! that he has no plans to kick the dangerous habit.

Just days after the surgery, he told the magazine: "Without a doubt, I will be on steroids for life.

"I don't drink, I don't take drugs, I'm not a party animal. So steroids is sort of my poison – the benefits I get from it are so much healthier than me going out."


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The Love Island competitor – who appeared on the second series in 2016 – first came across growth hormones at the age of 16, when he was part of the Welsh rugby team and hurt himself.

Only after he appeared on Love Island did he use them again, setting his sights on making it in the fitness industry and cashing in on sponsorship deals.

Beginning with testosterone injections, he then started using compounds of steroids, including testosterone enanthate and testosterone propionate.

Professional sports competitions, such as the Olympics, have banned the testosterone injections he uses.

Since 2017, Thomas has undergone six cycles of steroids, having researched them when going on a course.

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He is currently pausing the steroids, but has plans no plans to quit, claiming that growth hormone has benefits, such as better hair growth and skin growth.

However, the NHS debunks claims that anabolic steroids will help people become "fit and healthy."

The NHS website says: "Some people believe taking anabolic steroids will help them become fit and healthy. This isn't true: taking anabolic steroids is a dangerous drug habit.

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