Disgraced former Liberty University leader Jerry Falwell Jr. claims his wife's affair with her much younger pool boy ex-lover motivated him to get back in shape by changing his fitness regiment and taking testosterone supplements.
Jerry, 57, claims he hired a personal trainer and began lifting weights in an effort to win his wife, Becki, back from her lover, Giancarlo Granda, who was 21 at the time the affair started in 2012.
'I was thinking maybe I was the reason she was lonely because I wasn’t taking care of myself,' Jerry told Vanity Fair in a tell-all interview published Monday.
The fallen televangelist was met with negative side effects from the hormone treatments, which he has attributed to many of the seditious things he did before his resignation from his role as university president.
'The testosterone made me more combative,' he said.
Jerry's time as president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, came to an end in 2020 after Granda's revelations about his years-long affair with Becki, 54, emerged.
When Jerry first discussed the affair publicly, he shared that he lost 80 pounds after becoming aware of the affair. He claimed, at the time, that it was 'very upsetting to learn about' and it showed him there were 'important smaller things I needed to do better, too'.
Disgraced former Liberty University leader Jerry Falwell Jr. (pictured on left in 2021) claims the affair his wife, Becki (right), had her much younger pool boy ex-lover motivated him to get back in shape by changing his fitness regiment and taking testosterone supplements
Jerry is pictured in 2017 riding a horse. He appears to be in good physical health
Falwell stood down as president of Liberty University days after this photo of him emerged. He said he'd been attending a party on a yacht where the theme was the TV show Trailer Park Boys
Former lovers Becki and Granda also shared some bombshell revelations during the interview.
Becki claimed she and Granda, now 30, used to make sex tapes together, alleging that Jerry was unaware of the recordings.
'I had a big Canon camera. A couple of times I put it on the dresser and Giancarlo agreed to it,' she shared.
Granda claimed that Jerry enjoyed watching him have sex with Becki after they first met in Miami in 2012, when Granda was 21. He even claimed that they formed a 'throuple' - a polyamorous couple who invite a third person to join their relationship.
Jerry denied that - but did admit to Vanity Fair that he'd once walked in on Becki and Granda in bed, and claimed to have been 'traumatized' by the sight of another man having sex with his spouse.
Jerry said he hired a personal trainer, began lifting weights and underwent hormone treatments in an effort to win Becki back. He claims he lost 80 pounds after learning about the affair. He is pictured left, in 2012 and right, in 2015.
Becki (left) also made bombshell revelations during the tell-all interview, including how she and Granda used to make sex tapes together without Jerry's (right) knowledge. The Falwells are pictured together in 2019
Becki also claimed that in 2017, Granda, a former Miami pool boy, pressured her into having sex in her 25 year-old daughter's Caroline's bed long, after the relationship had ended.
'He said he wanted to have sex and I said, "No, no, no." I kept saying no. I didn’t want to do it,' Becki said.
'But I was scared to death of him too, because he was still holding everything over me, so we had sex. He left and I went into the room and just cried.'
He said he wanted to have sex and I said, "No, no, no." I kept saying no. I didn’t want to do it,' Becki said. 'But I was scared to death of him too, because he was still holding everything over me, so we had sex. He left and I went into the room and just cried.
She said it took her months to tell her husband, Jerry Falwell Jr., and two lawyers about the 'traumatic experience,' which she now believes could have been a form of assault.
'I said no. Just because we had sex before does not mean he has a free ticket to my body,' she told the magazine.
Granda declined Vanity Fair's request for comment on the allegation, but issued a succinct statement denying Becki's claims.
He said his version of events would become clear in an upcoming book and Hulu series about his time with the couple.
Granda however, alleges that Jerry often enjoyed watching him have sex with his wife, an accusation the fallen televangelist denies. Although, Jerry did recently admit to having walked in on the pair.
'It was traumatizing,' he said, recalling how he caught them together in a Miami hotel room in autumn of 2013.
Granda also accused the Falwells of 'grooming him' and alleged the three of them were a 'throuple' - an assertion the married couple has denied.
Becki Falwell (circled second from right), the wife of disgraced former Liberty University leader Jerry Falwell Jr., (right, circled) revealed in a tell-all interview released Monday that she used to make sex dates with her ex-lover, Giancarlo Granda (circled second from left). They are pictured in an undated photo
Granda is pictured with Becki and Jerry and their family on trip to DC in September 2018
The Falwells met Giancarlo Granda (pictured left in 2020) in 2012 when he was a 21 year-old pool boy. Jerry denies claims he enjoyed watching his wife (pictured right in 2019) have sex with the younger man - but has now claimed he once walked in on them together, and was 'traumatized' by what he saw
Furthermore, Granda insists that Jerry watched him and Becki the first time they had intercourse, which occurred in March 2012.
They entered into a business