Best known for his rants about nerd culture and video games, Boogie2988 is the social media alias of Steven Jason Williams, a Youtube star and Twitch streamer who recently was attacked for seemingly admitting to tax fraud on one of his streams.
Despite being an embodiment of the stereotypes typically assigned to video game players, Boogie remains one of the most successful YouTubers today with over 4 million persons subscribed to view his videos on the video-sharing website. He parodies trending video game news with his popular fictional character, Francis. Boogie is known for his wide post of videos that often relates to fat shaming and domestic abuse among many other things. Let’s get to know more about the YouTube Star.
Boogie2988 – Bio, Age
Steven Jason Williams is a Virginia born son of Wanda Williams and Carl Williams. His birth date is July 24, 1974, and he went to a pre-collegiate program known as Upward Bound. After graduating, he transferred to the University of Virginia for his college career only to leave the institution halfway after breaking up with his then-girlfriend.
While growing up, Boogie struggled with his low self-esteem largely caused by lack of parental love and support. His family situation coupled with being overweight caused by his poor eating habits led to depression and the thought of taking his own life crept in. Boogie was totally ashamed of his own body that he desperately sought for the best way to get rid of himself and his troubled adolescence.
Williams’ life gradually took a U-turn for the better when the Virginia native discovered a platform where he could easily, express himself. Williams worked his way into becoming a web designer but along the line, he lost concentration due to his low self-confidence.
The year 2006, however, marked a new dawn for Boogie as he was able to do something spectacular for himself, something that eventually changed his life for the better. He created a YouTube channel for himself and named it Boogie2988. The youtube channel was developed in April 2006 and he posted his very first video game called Playing Dungeons and Dragons. The more videos he posted the more his popularity grew as subscribers increased. The large comments and people’s commendations and words of encouragement also helped Boogie2988 to overcome his depression and his low self-confidence gradually gave way for his potential to surface.
Boogie’s online career received a major boost when a popular actor, comedian and YouTube star, Ray William Johnson gave him a shout out. Finding his place in the online business, Boogie2988 began to make more videos this time, not only on games but ones that mostly relate to nerd culture, domestic abuse, pop news, and fat shaming. Added to his videos was his creation of a fictional character, “Francis,” a childish adult with lisps.
As Boogie2988 received wide recognition, he got an invitation to post his video content on Twitch.tv which he does three to five times a week. He even collaborated with YouTuber and former Viner, McJuggerNuggets and together they worked on a series, The Devil Inside that was posted on McJuggerNuggets’ Youtube channel. Williams’ Boogie2988 has 4.5 million subscribers with over 793 million total views as of 2019.
Boogie2988’s career success in the online business is a product of his hard work and perseverance not minding his past. Currently, he is not just among the most popular personalities online, but also a wealthy young man with an estimated net worth of $1 million. Calculating his earnings from his video sharing business, sources say he earns as much as $35.7K monthly and $428.2K annually from his YouTube channel. In 2016, he received the Trending Gamer Award at The Game Awards.
Family: Mom, Brother, Sister
Boogie2988 was born in St. Paul, Virginia and he grew up in a dysfunctional family with his abusive mother and an absentee father. Boogie even describes his experience with his mother as the worst he has ever endured. Not only did she burn his body with a cigarette but she also cut and stabbed him. He even had to jump out of a moving car in an attempt to protect his eye from his mum’s attack.
His sister, Karla grew up in a foster care home and his older brother Bryan left home all thanks to their mother’s abusive nature. It was, in fact, through the help from his brother that he was able to make good of his life. Through him, he learned web designing which is the foundation of his success today.
Boogie2988: Wife, Divorce
Despite his hard times, and the challenges caused by his weight, Boogie2988 had someone who loved and accepted him just the way he was and her name is Desiree Williams. She was his girlfriend for as long as five years before they became husband and wife in 2013.
Through Desiree, Boogie2988 found the love that he never experienced since his childhood. She was, according to him, the love of his life. She showered him with so much love and affection that he was able to get rid of his personality problems. Boogie had once confessed that Desiree was quite different from his first girlfriend who exploited him and encouraged his suicidal tendencies. He said his other girlfriend used him for her own sexual gratification and made him believed he would be the fattest man on earth.
All was rosy for Steven Williams and his wife until in December 2017 when the former announced their plans for a divorce and he blamed his PTSD and anxiety disorder as the reason behind their separation. The divorce papers were finalized on 13 February 2018 but Desiree and Boogiee2988 are still best of friends. While nothing much is known about his ex-wife, Boogie seems to be taking a relationship break to focus more on his career. Currently, he is not dating anyone.