Fabio sleeps in a hyperbaric chamber, claims it ‘reverses the aging process’

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Fabio Lanzoni, whom we know mononymously as Fabio, blew into our lives in the late 80s. His burly chest and flowing locks adorned almost every romance book jacket we picked up. Suddenly, he was everywhere. He parlayed that fame into something of an acting-cum-spokesperson career. Tragically, the first thing I think of when I hear his name is that poor goose at Busch Gardens. Fabio is 62 and has a home in Los Angeles and a 500-acre property in Stevenson, WA. Even though he’s retired, People was able to lure him out for an interview to talk about love, life and aging as a model. I’d forgotten that Fabio is a man of few, and often confusing, words. But we did learn that he’s not only looking for love, he still hopes to have kids. And his beauty secret is to sleep in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.

We know Fabio today as something of a pop-culture curiosity—one of those people you know, but you’re not sure how. Or why.

No one owned the ’90s quite like the Italian-born model turned romance novel cover star. He posed for 1,300 of them, hair always blowing, muscles always glistening. His name was also on a dizzying array of stuff: hair-care products, fitness videos, posters, a clothing line at Sam’s Club.

He became further immortalized in movies like Dude, Where’s My Car?, Spy Hard and Death Becomes Her and on shows including Step by Step and Guiding Light, often playing himself. And, of course, there were those I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter ads.

Now 62, he looks remarkably like his younger self—he says he’s down to 225 from 252 lbs.—with the same unbuttoned silk shirts and eel-skin boots. He still works out like a maniac; still avoids alcohol, drugs and sweets; still speaks in Fabio-isms like “If you don’t buy into fear, you will see miracles.”

And he still has the hair, which can catch any breeze. (What’s different today: He sleeps in a hyperbaric chamber which, he says, “reverses the aging process.”) Fabio both defined the decade and somehow never left it. Tsk-ing out of the side of his mouth in his Spanish-tiled mansion outside Los Angeles, he says, “Please. Who else can I be, besides Fabio?”

He recently went on a date—”dinner,” he says, and a ride in one of his 31 sports cars—but he’s still looking. Fabio says he has some criteria for a partner. He likes funny. She can’t be social-media-obsessed. (He hates it and is not on Twitter or Instagram.)

And, he adds, “She has to be able to be in the middle of nature. She can’t be afraid about bugs.”

He has options, he insists. “There is quantity, but I want quality.” He says he wants to get married. “I still want to have kids.” He flashes an optimistic smile.

Then, almost imperceptibly, the smile fades. He looks off to the horizon, like in a romance novel: “You see, when you really love a person, it’s forever.”

[From People]

You guys know I’m claustrophobic, so no amount of beauty promise is getting me to sleep in a cylinder. I don’t care what it’s reversing. Apparently, these chambers are clear, but still. And it only reverses the outer aging, I assume. A 62-year-old is getting up at least once to go to the bathroom, what then? Is he hooking a catheter up every night? I assume this is a treatment thing he does every once in a while, and by sleep, he means nap. Because a hyperbaric chamber goes against his edict of being in the middle of nature. His lady friend wouldn’t have to worry about bugs if she was looking at the Columbia River inside one of those babies. However, Fabio is a beautiful man. Honestly, he could still grace a romance cover.

He also sounds like he’s found peace in his life. Or maybe that’s the 31 sports cars talking. I know his face (and body, of course) but never knew much about him. I kind of remember him speaking in soundbites but can’t recall if he was a giant horse derriere or not. Although trashing Gianni Versace isn’t a fun trait. I was a little surprised to learn he so against social media and expects his partner to be as well. But I bet not having social media helps ground him. Or maybe he doesn’t get reception in the sleeping pod.

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  1. Christina says:

    You know what else helps with the aging process? Sunscreen on that chest…

  2. Kalana says:

    What is the point of doing all that if you tan? A tan looks great but it’s skin damage.

  3. HandforthParish says:

    Forget the chest, that hair is a crime!

    He needs to chop it off and embrace the gray- he would look way better.

    • Driver8 says:

      Seriously. He would look SO much better with a different hairdo. I had an ex who wore this Lord Fauntleroy hairstyle for years. I ran into him at a bar a year after we broke up and he had cut it off. He looked so fine, we got back together. Very shallow of me, but it’s amazing what a good cut can do for the face.

      • purple prankster says:

        He looked so fine, you got back together? Damn I wish a hairstyle would work that well for me…

      • Driver8 says:

        @Purple Prankster, I was exaggerating a bit… We probably would have gotten back together anyway. I saw him in a whole new way that night and things just clicked. Anyway, I always joke that it was the hair that brought us together, but it was deeper than that. I miss him every day.

      • Silent Star says:

        LOL @DRIVER8!
        Similar story here. I was seeing a guy years ago and was about to break up with him that night. But when I saw him he had just gotten a super hot new short haircut. It made him so cute and irresistible so I went home with him instead. Been with him for 13 years now with two kids. We joke that his haircut saved our relationship!

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        @Silent Star LOL. A relationship saving haircut!! I hope his stylist had something about that on their business card.

    • Becks1 says:

      oh he can’t chop off the hair!! That’s part of what makes him FABIO.

    • Golly Gee says:

      Yes, the hair just looks skeevy. It makes him look like a lecherous Dracula.

    • Christina says:

      If he cut the hair, he could have a modern comeback and meet some people who might shake up the addiction to his old life.

    • Shoop says:

      His taste is rough, he’d look 300% better if he embraced the grey and less shiny fabric. Fair play for not blowing all his cover boy money, though; must have his head screwed on.

  4. Cat C says:

    I thought he was gearing up to do some dating show in Australia? Aussie women are it for him.

  5. Jo73c says:

    Not sure the hyperbaric chamber is worth it.. he doesn’t not look 62. Sunscreen would have been more effective (and cheaper!)

  6. Alexandria says:

    Uhm, who’s gonna tell him?

    • It’sJustBlanche says:

      I thought the same thing. He would look so much better with shorter hair also.

    • SaySo says:

      I will. I volunteer.

      Hey Fab…. how’s it going? On behalf of everyone with eyes, you should have just purchased a Serta cause boo you look every bit of your age. Now that’s amazing, aging is what happens until, well, you know the alternative. I just wanted you to know that that hyperbaric chamber ain’t giving what it supposed to had gave!

  7. KTate says:

    Does the chamber work though? Cause I can’t tell…

  8. North of Boston says:

    So, he’s looking to have kids. That means the partner he’s looking for is at least 20+ years younger than him. Oookay.

    Hope he realizes that if he makes a Venn diagram of:

    - Women who are under 40
    - Women who are single
    - Women who are willing to date Fabio and have his beybies

    And THEN overlays it with:

    - Women who are outdoorsy, don’t mind bugs and AREN’T even ON social media much less social media influencers and wannabes

    He’s likely looking at a very small dating poor. Maybe not Paulina’s dating puddle-small, but still pretty small.

    • FilmTurtle says:

      You summed it up. Also, he has the time and the money to hire a surrogate and plenty of help if he really felt that strongly about kids. Feels like it’s more about ego gratification. Go volunteer with kids, dude.

      Anyway, there’s something charming about never, ever, ever deviating from a formula that worked once upon a time.

    • questions says:

      I feel his dating pool would be smaller than Paulina’s. What younger woman would want to date Fabio? At least Paulina wants to date someone her own age.

  9. Merricat says:

    I know the hair is kind of his signature look, but he’d look so much better if he cut it. Maybe he thinks people will forget who he is if he doesn’t have it.

  10. Chaine says:

    Maybe someone sold him a fake hyperbaric chamber?

  11. Tom says:

    Queer Eye makeover for Fabio, please!

  12. BW says:

    I swear I thought that was a photo of Will Farrell from the Fire Saga movie.

  13. questions says:

    I don’t think it’s working….

  14. Anna says:

    Bless his heart.

  15. Giddy says:

    I think that his real prerequisite for a woman is one who will constantly reassure him that he looks sooo young, that over-tanned waxed chests are fabulous, and that she wishes her hair was as gorgeous as his.

  16. Jayna says:

    He’s given the same spiel for decades. He never got over the girlfriend in the early ’90s. He wants to settle down. He wants to have kids. No, he doesn’t.

  17. Becks1 says:

    Yeah he’s definitely aging but seeing him definitely reminds me of sneaking my mom’s Johanna Lindsey novels when I was an early teenager, LOL.

    That and his commercial for I cant believe its not butter – “I can’t believe its not butter, SPRAY!”

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      My fave book is Once a Princess – however I would b!tch slap Stefan (and his cousin) to Cardinia and back but his friend Lazar sounded cute :)

      Didn’t he appear on most of the covers for the Malory series?

      • Becks1 says:

        omg DU I just reread that book during the pandemic and I was speechless lol. They just took her and said she was under their control and couldn’t understand why she kept running away! Secret Fire was worse though, Dimitri just flat out kidnapped and drugged Katherine because he wanted to have sex with her. And dont get me started on Silver Angel, LOLOL.

        He was def on the cover for Gentle Rogue (James and Georgina’s story) and I think he was on the cover for the Warren and Amy story whose name escapes me at the moment. At some point the covers switched to boring manors and such and then they weren’t as fun lol.

  18. Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

    I think it would be funny if he cut his hair and did another ‘I can’t believe it’s not butter ad campaign’ and someone comes out ‘wait, I can’t believe it’s not Fabio!’ And he’s like ‘Oh but it is Fabio.” With a wink. That would be cute

  19. Limerick says:

    In the mid 90′s I was a buyer at a department store chain. Fabio came through on a promotion tour- maybe a fragrance. As the store was close to the buying office, we went over to see why everyone was so gaga over him. We stood on the fringes and watched.
    In person he was so beautiful-much much more than on camera. He was very relaxed, kind, gracious, and patient to the women (many of them over 50) waiting in the very long line to see him. He stayed well beyond his contracted hour and was one of the most successful celebrity visits the store ever had.
    But yeah. He needs sunscreen and a hair cut.

    • SpankyB says:

      I was just going to say that he’s way more beautiful in person than in photos, or was back in the 90′s. And the nicest celebrity I’d ever met. Very charming.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I saw him at my grocery store once. It was a very “wow, that’s Fabio, small world!” moment.

    • Another Anna says:

      See I find that curious because one of my relatives, who is just about his age, met him while he was up here in Washington and described him as a nightmare who was high on his own publicity. People contain multitudes, I guess, or maybe he was just having a bad day.

  20. Lala11_7 says:

    It’s a TOTAL waste of money….

  21. Nyro says:

    He looks every bit his age. And yes, he’d look great with a haircut, grey hair, and in some clothes made after 2002.

    That said, anytime someone mentions Fabio, I think of that time he was on a rollercoaster and a poor bird collided with his face. His handsome face was covered in blood and feathers. And I remember all the ugly late-night talk show guys and other ugly morning radio show guys having a field day laughing at him. Men are such jealous petty bitches.

  22. Am I the only one whose gaydar goes off with him?

    • Jaded says:

      Nope, my gaydar is definitely pinging. Listen, if he wants a wife and children so badly he’d have them. Instead he has 21 cars to love.

      • Amy Too says:

        He doesn’t want a wife though. He never wants to get married but he wants to have children and he has kind of an exclusionary list of things he’s looking for in someone who would be young enough to have his children. If your gaydar was already pinging, the never wanting to get married thing but wanting to have kids might be another bit of possible evidence to add to the list.

        And I think it’s 31 cars! 31 cars! I can’t imagine that. Even if you REALLY LIKE cars, it seems like a bad investment as car value depreciates the minute you drive it off the lot. And how many cars can you drive at once? If I really wanted to experience and own 31 different cars, I think I’d buy one or 2 that were my absolute favorite and then rent the rest. Drive one for awhile, and then trade it in for a new one, over and over. The car insurance alone must be crazy, never mind having to have a place to park them all. I imagine quite a few are in storage off site, so what’s the point of owning them anyways if you can’t get to them all whenever you want?

      • Chanteloup says:

        Classic cars definitely increase in value tho’ like a piece of art — and one you maybe take out for a spin and enjoy every now and then lol

    • Chanteloup says:

      It’s 2021, can we *please* let people define their own sexuality? This is not directed at you personally, but I find the whole “gaydar” thing nauseating and can’t wait until that word is shunned like a slur.
      If he says he wants a wife and kids, I’ll take his word for it. [Unless I'm dating him] – I don’t care and it’s not up to me or anybody else to label or speculate about his sexuality. Could you say something else like you don’t find him remotely attractive, or you find him effeminate — something that reflects your own opinion but doesn’t call him a liar or redefine his sexuality for him. Effeminate does not = gay btw

      /end rant if this came across as a rant. This just really bothers me and makes me sad.

  23. ooshpick says:

    Truly unattractive to me (then and now)

  24. H says:

    He also “wrote” three romance novels in the 90s. I was working at as a bookseller at Waldenbooks and bought them. (If you find one at a used bookstore, the pirate one is the best).

    I also remember that he comes from a wealthy Italian family? But I agree he needs to cut his hair and reinvent himself. Be more of a hot daddy, then aging Grandpa.

  25. Barbie1 says:

    He looks great for 62. He definatley looks youthful. These comments are something else.

    • Ange says:

      Yeah he does look good. A bit dated but he looks like he takes care of himself. Some petty bettys here today.

    • Granger says:

      Thank you! I’m 50, and I would have pegged him for 50, not 62.

      But it’s not the hyperbaric chamber. It’s good genes, he says he doesn’t drink or smoke, and the lack of stress that comes with working even a “normal” 9-5, 2-weeks-of-vacation-a-year job (much less a super stressful job) is key.

  26. Dierski says:

    Holy hell, I had not heard about the goose/rollercoast incident… can’t unsee those pics. 😬

  27. what's inside says:

    No, it doesn’t. See the above picture.

  28. Silent Star says:

    Yeah, he looks his age. He might actually look better if he let his gray hair show, as the brown looks too fake. His wrinkles look natural though, which is nice.

    It would be interesting to know if hyperbaric chambers actually increase the length of your telomeres. That’s what really determines your aging.

  29. Jaded says:

    I’d drink wine over Diet Coke any day, that sh*t’s poison Fabio.

  30. jferber says:

    I have never stopped loving Fabio since I first laid eyes on him. I saw him at a personal appearance in New York about 5 years ago at a giant corporate gala. I knew he’d be there, but when I first saw him, I screamed at the top of my lungs (no idea I would/could do that). He did not bat an eye. Amazing. Women stood in line for him to pick them up and take a photo. The patience and professionalism of that man. And by the way, he looked gorgeous. The photo above is in NO way accurate. Wow! I just looked at other people’s comments. Please don’t do that to Fabio! I’ve stanned for him for years, before I even met my husband. Fabio for LIFE! In my heart I know he’s a good guy and I couldn’t give a fuck about his sexuality. The fantasy is (and always has to be with a star) enough.

  31. L says:

    Oh Fabio! Please don’t change! Lol

  32. Reia says:

    He looks good but he needs to stop tanning unevenly. His chest and face area look odd.

  33. Isa says:

    Remember when Steve Carrel turned into a silver fox overnight? Fabio should take a page out of his book.

  34. shalla7 says:

    He looks like Brooke Shields.

    • shalla7 says:

      Just to elaborate: I don’t think he looks bad, he still has that great bone structure, nice smile, and strong brows, but wow, he reminds me so much of Brooke Shields in these photos! Both of them should update their hair, IMO.

  35. Identicaloskar says:

    Are we sure he doesn’t also sleep in a tanning bed? That bright red chest.

  36. Amy Too says:

    I always feel a little bit of an odd woman out because big muscles and broad chests and overly tall guys are kind of a turn off for me. I think it would be hard to be intimate with someone who is so much taller than me but also has a rock hard body. They look fake to me, kind of like a woman with a lot of cosmetic procedures and Botox, and I associate all the muscles and the usual accompanying tan and lots of hair gel with toxic masculinity, which might be unfair of me. Fabio isn’t as bad as some others, he at least looks like a semi normal human, and he does seem like a sweet guy,

  37. J ferber says:

    Amy Too, I totally agree with your assessment about not going for guys with “big muscles and broad chests and overly tall.” You are absolutely correct. But would you believe me if I told you Fabio transcends all that, poses with the proverbial smile and wink (though not literally) to let us know he’s in on the joke of the big muscle fantasy guy? Sorry, but I always get passionate about Fabio. Trust me that in person he is the guy you want (but will never get) and is so hot you don’t even care. This probably doesn’t make sense, but I stand by it.

  38. judith A reeder says:

    Its not working!!!

  39. J ferber says:

    Sorry, Judith A Reeder. I guess you just had to be there.😉

  40. Lola says:

    I mean he looks every minute of that 62 years and then some, but if sleeping in his hyperbaric chamber makes him happy then whatever. But of course whatever 20-something he wants must be a totally natural pure earth mother who is totally fine with roughing it. What that translates to in my mind is that Fabio wants a relationship totally dictated and governed by his idiosyncracies and whims, his wants and needs, and the other person is not supposed to have wants and needs. Well, there are some 20-somethings out there who could give that to him, at least for a few months, but it WILL wind up on Instagram since that would be the point, for them.

  41. Mrs. Rick Savage says:

    Eww he’s a Trumper🤮maybe someone like MTG😆