Most of the problem is he never worked in the real world. He never had to work in an office and understand the sociodynamics of professional relationships
Actually he did work in the real world, at least according to his book. He related that he received a practically useless generic art degree and could not find any related employment. So he signed up for a series of temp jobs in offices, such as filing clerk, mailroom, etc. When his translation business website was still up, he claimed he worked in a legal office in an attempt to claim expertise in the legal field. But per his book, they were generally entry level data entry clerical work type jobs.
His name was also listed as a co-owner with his former brother-in-law’s lawn care business in Wilmslow. Whether he handled the business side of things, actually did the dirty work, or was just on the paperwork is anyone’s guess.
But I have a feeling that this business relationship with his sister’s side of the family coupled with his domineering and greedy personality likely played a role in his inactive and politically involved sister refusing to speak to him to this day.
I think he really wanted to either deny it or minimize it into nothing
Simon had earlier made an astute observation that Lloyd has a habit of confessing to a lesser crime to avoid the consequences of the bigger one he actually committed. I think the shock of getting exposed, his drunkenness, and the fact that there’s really no way of spinning the fact of regularly seeing prostitutes for a period of time contributed to his pause. So “3-4 years” was definitely him trying to minimise it. It probably started round the time his activism took off and he was flying round the world without his family. The period of 2014 - 2016 was likely when it started. Also his use of dating apps was carefully omitted from the livestream though the leaked emails to Dijana set forth a deal that he would come off the dating apps in exchange for continuing to see sex workers.
He claimed the sex worker thing was actually comparatively “good” because he did not cheat on his wife with his heart. But I don’t believe it considering the source and his pathetic attempt to validate himself. I believe he played the “wealthy foreigner” role on Croatian dating apps and likely met a few who were interested in relocating to the UK and elsewhere. He also probably met some on his British trips, possibly some long term partners from before his marriage. Likely played the “away on business in Croatia” card with his partners there.
They thought they were meeting Han Solo but were actually having a curry with Jabba the Hutt. Thus the pivot to sex workers.
My point is he seemed a bit too eager to confess to seeing sex workers and was fine with saying 3-4 years. He had a lot more to hide and you can take it to the bank that he had cheated with his heart as well. The minimisation was that they were only sex workers, no emotional attachment and it was “only” 3-4 years.