After a healthy heaping of controversy derailed his hit HGTV show Flip or Flop, star flipper Tarek El Moussa is now speaking out about the role steroids played in ruining his marriage, and his life.
The 36-year-old real estate and renovation master spoke to Dr. Drew Pinsky on The Dr. Drew Podcast this week, going into great detail about what exactly happened with his steroid use, fighting back to life after cancer scares, and the issues that led to the demise of his marriage with ex-wife Christina.
The steroid issue actually started when Tarek tried to get his hormone and testosterone levels back on track after his first cancer scare and repeated thyroid issues.
“It was just my hormones were off. I was tired and I thought it was from the thyroid medication but it wasn’t. Next thing I know I’m shoving a needle on my ass and taking steroids … it was testosterone. It was awful. I was completely on way too much testosterone, on top of that taking human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) injections every day … because I was told to.”
He continued on, too, noting that during all of his health issues and throughout the steroid issues, he was still filming Flip or Flop on a pretty intense schedule with Christina.
Tarek shared (below):
“I got back surgery, I went from 230 pounds to 168 pounds. So I had the cancer and then I got the second cancer. And then four months after I recovered from the second cancer, I hurt my back. I lost 60 pounds, I was on Vicodin every day. On top of that, my hormones are off, I’m on pain meds and narcotics and I’m filming and working. It was a really rough three, four years … It was a horrifying experience. I would find myself just sitting alone and just being depressed. It’s all because of all the shit that was being pumped into my body just turned me into someone that wasn’t me. In 20/20 hindsight I think, ‘How in the hell did I film a show, start a company, how did I do all these things?’ I was so spun out from all the shit they gave me.”
He also looked at the bigger picture involved with his divorce and more (below):
“There’s a lot of contributing factors [to the divorce] — life is moving so fast. We bought a house, remodeling the house … my hormonal levels were off and I wasn’t feeling really well a lot of the time and I wasn’t being the best person I could have been. There’s so much going on with TV and the notoriety and the finances and so many different things happening at one time and it slowly pulled us apart.”
Sounds like pretty serious stuff.
At least he’s finally taking stock of it and, it would appear, figuring out how to combat and correct things.
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