"Pride comes before a fall", this wisdom was already in the Bible. Professional braggart Andrew Tate doesn't seem to have a thing for books, though. In the past, the former competitive athlete made a name for himself with a mock macho image, inhuman content and extremely expensive courses for his fans, who want to become just like him. Emory Andrew Tate III, his full name, was not always a public figure - for a long time he earned his money with kickboxing. And then reality TV came his way.
Andrew Tate was born in 1986. His father, Emory Andrew Tate Jr., was an American chess champion who won over 80 tournaments in his career. He died in 2015 at the age of 56. According to the Guardian, Tate's mother is said to have worked as a kitchen hand.
Andrew Tate began his martial arts career at the age of 19. In order to keep his head above water, he is said to have participated in TV productions. Just four years later, Tate won his first championship and was ranked number one in his division in Europe. In 2013, when he fought for his second world championship title, he had reached the peak of his kickboxing career - and went into sporting retirement.
Andrew Tate received a lot of attention around three years later when he moved into the British Big Brother house. At that time, as reported by "Metro", among other things, a video was leaked to the station "Channel 5" in which Tate hits a woman with a belt. Said video was published by the British "Sun" - Andrew Tate later explained that it was a consensual role-playing game.
Tate then used the great attention to offer courses on his website that were supposed to show other men how to get rich quick and be successful with women. After moving to Romania, Tate reportedly employed up to 75 young women to hunt down lonely, desperate men via a payphone hotline ($4 per minute), according to a report by Mirror. Andrew and his brother Tristan are said to have made millions this way.
At the same time, Tate set up "Hustler's University", an online platform on which Tate offered courses on topics such as cryptocurrencies, online shops and the usual "Get Rich Quick Schemes" - of course for a fee and with an attractive program for pushy ones Peppered friend advertisement. Tate now sells e-books and is recruiting members for its "War Room," an "exclusive club" with a $4,500 joining fee.
He built his reputation as a ruthless macho and misogynist on social platforms. From 2017 to 2021, Tate attacked depressed people, defended convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein, and said things like "Eighteen-year-olds are more attractive than 25-year-olds because they're not as used" or "Women should shut up, have children, Sit at home, be quiet and make coffee." For him, Tate made it very clear to his followers, women were the property of men.
Because Andrew Tate wanted to grab attention with more and more extreme statements and win more and more fans beyond his followers, the ex-kickboxer finally managed to fly from all social media platforms. In August of this year he had lost his access to Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and even Tiktok - his mouthpiece with the widest reach.
Tate then tried to justify himself, claiming his statements had always been taken out of context. He himself then went to other platforms like Gettr or Rumble, while his fans continued to spread the content on the big platforms.
Tate was delighted when his Twitter account was reactivated after Elon Musk took over the company due to a quasi-general amnesty. Tate immediately began to spread his crude theories and sought out the big stage. He bought Twitter Blue to get the blue tick and got started - after all, his account has reached 3.6 million Twitter users to date.
Ironically, what he considers to be an ingenious argument with climate activist Greta Thunberg now seems to cost him his freedom. On December 27, he wrote to Thunberg publicly, boasting about his car collection and offering Thunberg to send her a list of his cars and their emissions data - of course as a sign that environmental protection is not important to him.
Thunberg replied shortly: "Yes, please enlighten me. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org". The Greta tweet quickly became famous around the world and after just a few days was among the 10 most popular tweets in history with 3.3 million "likes".
Tate, who publicly stated that he was happy about the great attention, did not seem to be able to let the climate protectionist's success and swipe sit on him. He pushed a video.
With a cigar and a red bathrobe, not very cleverly, he turned back to Greta Thunberg. Asked why her email address said she had a small penis - a counter that couldn't have been worse. However, it seems that Tate did himself a disservice by the high media presence, and the scandalous influencer was arrested a little later (read more here). Although it is not clear what role the video played at the time of his arrest.
In April of this year, Tate's house in Romania was the target of a raid. The US embassy had warned police that Tate was holding two women at his home who were being held there against their will. In fact, the two were found and both stated that they were not there voluntarily. Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan were questioned but later released. They denied any violation of the law.
Yesterday there was another house search in Romania. The allegation: suspicion of human trafficking, rape and formation of a criminal organization in Romania. The investigation is ongoing.