How does a young (26 year old) attractive and wealthy man like Spencer Matthews (Made in Chelsea ) become addicted to steroid based medication, resulting in him having to leave the I'm a celebrity get me out of here jungle after just three days.
Spencer has said that he first took the medication in order to increase muscle mass and tone up for a charity boxing match; ironically the match never took place. He has also stated that vanity (body image related) was a much bigger drive that led to his decision to take steroids. The product in question is classified as a class C drug without a prescription. Incorrect use of anabolic steroids can lead to kidney, heart, infertility and mental/emotional issues. Despite its adverse affects of a 17,000 people in the UK are using steroids.
When Spencer was asked to enter the jungle; he knew that his body would be on display and the centre of public scrutiny both in the mainstream and on social media platforms. It is understandable why vanity might have played a role in his decision to continue using steroids. Another possible explanation, other than vanity, is insecurity. A level of insecurity that resulted in him feeling pressurised to match up to a physical ideal (muscular).
In recent years psychologists have pointed to the
increase in muscular images of men, particularly on magazine covers, the
sexualisation of celebrities and the increase in the power of females at home,
the workplace and society in general have (they argue) resulted in the erosion
of male identity and their subsequent efforts to carve out a new one.
Following his exit from I’m a Celebrity, Spencer entered rehab in the hope of overcoming his addiction. We wish him a speedy recovery.