Man Who Spent £20k Trying To Look Like David Beckham Is Now £14k In Debt


A man from Kimberley who had numerous procedures to try and look more like his hero David Beckham is now £14,000 in debt.

Jack Johnson, now 21, spent around £20,000 on an eyebrow lift, teeth veneers, lip fillers, cheek fillers, Botox in his forehead, and tan injections.

The former Ellis Guilford pupil had funded the treatment by taking out loans.

Now he has spoken out about the impact it had on his life, and how he has stopped having medical work.

“I tried to take my own life, because trying to look like Beckham is a full-time job and is not easy,” he told the Daily Mirror.

“Trying to look like Beckham nearly killed me and I don’t want others to make the same mistake.”

In his bid to look like Beckham, Jack – who grew up in Bulwell and now lives in Kimberley – paid for the surgery using his Disability Living Allowance, by taking out loans, and borrowing money from his brother.

He is now struggling to pay of debts of £14,000 and insists he has learned his lesson, while he has stopped having all forms of surgery.

As he became well recognised, clinics gave him liposuction, botox and lip fillers for free, he said.

“I’m not speaking out because I want notoriety or fame any more – I’m genuinely doing this because I’ve come out the other side of it,” he said.

“When I was on This Morning, Holly or Phil asked me if I was happy. I told them I was but really I wasn’t – I was in the worst place ever on the inside.”

Jack said he tried to kill himself four months ago by taking an overdose of tablets, to be found by a friend and taken to hospital.

He had sessions with a physchiatrist and he learned he suffers from body dysmorphia – a mental condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance.

“I obviously don’t blame David Beckham, it’s not his fault,” said Jack. “I was trying desperately to look like him and it nearly cost me my life.

“I feel like I’m in the best place ever now – and I really don’t want anybody to go through what I have.

“Nobody should ever aspire to look like celebrities to that extent, and I’m an example of that. You need to just be yourself.”

Today his older brother Aaron told the Post: “He got a bit carried away and it went a bit crazy for him. It got a bit out of hand.

“People were coming up and giving him free stuff, his phone didn’t stop ringing, he was on American TV, German TV, Celebrity Juice.

“But he’s now a lot clearer. He’s coming out the other side, now.”