Don Benjamin is an American reality TV star, actor, musician, and model who has also risen to be a force to reckon with on social media. He broke into the limelight when he appeared and subsequently emerged as one of the finalists on the popular television reality show, America’s Next Top Model. He has since modeled for popular brands such as Pink Dolphin, Tillys, and Guess.
As a musician, he released his first solo track titled ‘Across The Sky’ which made it to the iTunes Overall Top Song Charts. He has also collaborated with a few artists on several tracks that proved to be successful. For all the things he has achieved in his numerous pursuits, he was groomed for then right from his childhood days.
Don Benjamin’s Background Details
Born in Chicago, Illinois in the United States of America on May 5, 1987, the social media influencer was named Donald Benjamin. His mother’s name is Seline Thottumkal while his father is Joseph Thottumkal. Don was brought up together with his sister named Brooke.
He received his high school education at the Brooklyn Center High School in Minnesota. During his time there, he was active on the school’s sports team; Don was on the soccer team as well as the captain of the basketball team.
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In addition to his athletic side, Don Benjamin was also a rapper who loved to entertain his peers with his original music compositions. More so, the multi-talented youngster known for his good looks was said to be one of the best looking boys in his school.
How He Became Relevant in the Entertainment Industry
When Don Benjamin moved to Los Angeles in 2005, he was very much like any other young chap out there but thanks to his good looks, he fared well doing several modeling gigs. He gradually started to establish a name for himself in the American fashion industry and achieved his breakthrough as a participant of the 2013 edition of America’s Next Top Model. Don appeared in 12 episodes of the popular show before his elimination as the 8th overall contestant of the season. This high rating launched his career and attracted a lot of modeling deals from high ranking brands like Pink Dolphin, Tillys, and Guess.
Sometime in 2015, Don would return to the show’s 22nd edition but this time he came as a guest. The top model later ventured into acting, making his debut appearance in the TV series titled One Ten sometime in 2014. He also got the role of Nathan in the thriller Matthew 18, which was released that same year. The next year, Don Benjamin was seen in Minay TV, as well as being cast as Jason in the drama, Supermodel. Later on, he landed a role in season 1 of Scared Famous and the popular Hollywood action film, Bunny and Clyde.
Over the years, Don Benjamin has also garnered a lot of popularity as a hip-hop artist who has worked with several talented musicians in addition to releasing his songs. Notable among his collaborations include his work with Photronique back in 2012 to release the song ‘Across the Sky’ and in 2014, he collaborated with Eric Bellinger to release ‘Jealous’. More so, he is credited for the songs ‘Real’ which was his debut track, ‘Tonight’ which he dropped in 2015, and the 2016 songs, ‘Hit the Snooze’ and ‘Touch My Body’. He has also released an EP titled ‘M.P.L.S. – EP’. It contains 5 tracks: ‘Doin Something’, ‘Hometown’, ‘Plane Jane’, ‘No One’, and ‘Millions’.
The multitalented entertainer also enjoys a strong presence on social media platforms and this has greatly contributed to his fame. Don Benjamin can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook where he has millions of fans following him. His YouTube channel has also attracted a lot of attention with thousands of subscribers.
The Model Is Richer Than Many Think
Don Benjamin has done very well for himself as he has modeled for some of the top brands in the world. He has also released hit songs and has been featured in several TV shows and films.
Recently, he created a clothing line and he advertises his wares mainly on his YouTube channel. From his numerous endeavors, he has been able to make a decent amount of money over the years which has placed is net worth at $30 million.
Concerning how he spends his money, it is known that the social media sensation loves to lead a very luxurious lifestyle. He usually shares details of his activities on his social media platforms and these range from pictures of him in a private jet to photos of the house he built for his pet dog, Rossi.
Don Benjamin’s home is furnished with some of the best pieces of furniture and he owns quite some sleek cars.
Don Benjamin Is Dating Tik Tok Star Liane Valenzuela
Don has dated a few popular female stars over the years. One of his notable past romance was with the popular American songwriter, musician, and record producer, Nikki Flores. His relationship with Nikki began around 2009, but there is no information on how long their relationship lasted.
However, concerning his current relationship with Liane, news of their dalliance hit the airwaves sometime in 2015. They have been quite open about their dalliance and even opened a YouTube channel named Forever Us to share their love journey with the world. The channel created on the 31st of October 2017 has accumulated thousands of subscribers already.
In January 2018, the love birds worked on the song ‘No One’ together which Don later included in his EP. They also attended a friend’s wedding together that year and teased fans with a picture they uploaded on social media, hinting that theirs might be next. Although they are yet to walk down the aisle, there is no doubt that the couple is having a great time together.