Spencer Matthews was branded "boring" for getting sober.

Spencer Matthews [Philip Haynes/Men’s Health UK]

Spencer Matthews [Philip Haynes/Men’s Health UK]

The 32-year-old reality TV star decided to quit drinking because he believed alcohol was stopping him from living up to his potential but Spencer admitted that not everyone was enthusiastic about his life change.

He told Men's Health UK: "Alcohol played a big part in my teens and twenties. I had jobs in the City, where drinking was very much encouraged. It was taking a toll on my body and my work life. I was blaming others for my shortcomings. I realised I'd never live up to my potential if I continued to allow alcohol to be a hurdle."

"It's interesting because you're making a positive life choice, but everyone else disagrees. If you go to the gym, people consider it a good thing. But if you go sober, they brand you as boring."

Spencer recently teamed up with Men's Health and personal trainer Shaun Stafford for a 10-week programme to whip him into shape and he revealed he took the challenge very seriously.

Spencer - who has two children with wife Vogue Williams - said: "I don't see the point in doing a transformation unless you smash the life out of it. I wanted to look like Brad Pitt – somewhere between Fight Club and Troy."

However, he didn't find it easy at the beginning.

He said: "No one likes being rubbish at something. I was tensing in front of a mirror and nothing happened. It was demoralising. Then I pushed on and started enjoying it. Now, it's part of my life."

Read the full Spencer Matthews feature in the Jan/Feb issue of Men's Health UK, on sale now or go to https://www.menshealth.com/uk/

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