The actor who played Barney the Dinosaur for ten years went from starring in a children’s show to running his own tantric sex business.
David Joyner, who wore the purple Tyrannosaurus rex costume from 1991 to 2001, told Vice in an interview Tuesday that he began working as a tantra massage specialist and spiritual healer after leaving the popular PBS show “Barney & Friends.”
He started his practice in 2004 and treats around 30 clients, who he refers to as “goddesses.” The 54-year-old former actor said his current job holds many similarities to the time he played Barney. But even still, basically Joyner is making sweet love to many women for a living.
“The energy I brought up [while] in the costume is based on the foundation of tantra, which is love,” Joyner said. “Everything stems, grows, and evolves from love. Even when you have emotionally blocked energy, the best way to remove it is to remove it with love, and then replace it with God’s divine love. Love heals and allows you to continue to grow.”
The folks over at PBS were surprised about Joyner’s business choice after leaving Barney.
Head Barney writer, Stephen White had this to say:
“When I found out the detail of what’s involved in tantra, I was surprised,” White said. “I thought it was an interesting transition for Barney. It’s kind of still the ‘I love you, you love me’ deal, but different. I don’t judge or anything, but that’s a side of David I didn’t know.”
Joyner has always been greatful about for his time playing the dinosaur.
“Barney was beautiful. Barney was very, very good to me. I loved being Barney. I loved everything about being Barney. But that chapter is gone.”