His dating profile might say something like, “Proceed carefully.”
A billionaire whose interests once included using his teenage son as a plasma-donating “blood boy” to stay young forever hasn’t exactly found love.
Bryan Johnson, 45, spends $2 million every year to slow his biological clock.
His devotion to his routine — which includes an 8:30 p.m. bedtime, eating 2,250 calories once a day between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m., and four to five hours of “focused thinking” — hasn’t made him the most accessible romantic partner.
“I’m single,” said the tech guru at Seven Bartlett’s Diary of a CEO podcast.
“In situations that I’ve tried to keep track of, the first thing I do is give them a list of ten things, like, ‘Here are all the things you’re going to hate about me and.’ [all the things that are] I will be an impossible partner for you.’ It’s a big deal,” admitted Johnson, who is from Provo, Utah, and now lives in Venice, California.
His potential dates can rest assured that he won’t try to sleep with them – he makes it a point to close his eyes rather than spend the night cuddling.
“Wake events are very costly – once you’re awake it’s very hard to get back to sleep – so when you have to coordinate with another human being it’s just extremely challenging,” said Johnson, who also claims he keeps track He has many erections throughout the night.
Because sleep is so important to him, he wants his potential partner to sleep in a different room than he does.
“I’ve built my life around sleep. This is the opposite of cultural norms; “Most people waste their bedtime going out with friends,” he said.
While Johnson was once willing to sit down for a relaxing glass of wine, he later quit drinking because he didn’t want the calories. He also drank it in the morning for breakfast and is not a great conversationalist.
“My son and I have a protocol in the house where there is no ‘good morning’ exchange. How are you doing?’ ‘ Johnson said.
He doesn’t really engage in “small talk” and would prefer not to talk at all during a multi-hour window set aside for “concentrated thinking,” he said.
“I go to bed early, I wake up early, and I have these four or five hours of focused thought where I can think about these really big pictures and try to pull myself out of my situation and just be as sober as possible. ‘ he continued.
“I try my best, but it’s easy to get blown away. Someone says, ‘How are you?’ How was your sleep?’ can blow my mind,” he added.
And while his lifestyle might be a difficult pill for his romantic partner, he himself has no problem popping pills — a whopping 111 a day.
His dating life before his new cure wasn’t easy either.
His former girlfriend, TV actress Taryn Southern, claimed in a 2021 lawsuit that Johnson forced her to accept his unfaithful lifestyle and kicked her out of his home when she was diagnosed with cancer.
Their relationship ended in 2019; Johnson claimed Southern tried to blackmail him.
The tech executive made a fortune in his 30s when he sold his online payment processing company Braintree Payment Solutions to PayPal for $800 million.
Johnson, who was not always a health fanatic, suffered from depression, divorced, and left Mormonism. It wasn’t until he felt suicidal thoughts in 2020 that he decided to make lifestyle changes, which he says contributed to his poor mental health.
That’s when he began his strict anti-aging regimen, Project Blueprint.
His hacks included swapping blood with his then 17-year-old son Talmage and his 70-year-old father Richard. However, he stopped the treatment because he saw no benefit from it.
Johnson estimates his current biological age at 36, he has the skin of a 28-year-old and the lung capacity and fitness of an 18-year-old.
He also predicts that he will live to be 200 years old – which could add new perspective to the phrase “till death do us part”.