Joseph Michael Graceffa, born May 16, 1991 in Graceffa was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts is an AmericanYouTube personality, actor, author, producer, and singer. He runs two active YouTube channels, both named after him.
His main channel is dedicated to vlogging while the second one features video gaming content. They both have a combined total of more than 1.7 billion views. His third YouTube channel, WinterSpringPro has 60 million views (as of August 2017), but is no longer active. He also has more than 3.7 million Twitter followers and more than 5.5 million Instagram followers.
In late 2013 and early 2014, Graceffa starred in his own web series titled Storytellers. In 2014, Graceffa starred in his own short film titled Eon. The same year Graceffa also starred in Ethereal alongside Joey Pollari. Throughout 2012 to 2014, Graceffa was in various BlackBoxTV short films. He was also a part of the Fine Brothers online series MyMusic throughout 2013 and 2014.
He was a contestant on 22nd and 24th seasons of The Amazing Race, and has appeared in a handful of short films as well as in Escape the Night, a scripted web series, distributed by YouTube via its paid-subscription service YouTube Re d.
On May 16, 2015 Graceffa released a song with an accompanying music video titled “Don’t Wait”. It is an unconventional fantasy fairytale story featuring goblins, a witch, and a prince. The video ends with Graceffa, dressed as a prince, kissing his male co-star, now current boyfriend, Daniel Preda. By October 2016, it had received more than 24 million views. Graceffa confirmed on YouTube on May 18, 2015 that he is gay. Graceffa stated that the reason he waited so long to come out online was because “there was a lot of hesitation to come out online because of growing up in my town: It wasn’t acceptable to be gay; it was looked down upon.” He also went on to state that after coming out, “I definitely feel more open and free with who I am, and I think that’s inspired a lot of other people to also do the same and have come out to their friends and family.”
On May 19, 2015, Graceffa released a memoir titled In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World, published by Keywords Press. In the book, he discusses being bullied and feeling lonely in school, his mother’s alcoholism, his brother’s autism, the beginnings of his YouTube career and his road to self-acceptance, among other topics. His book was a New York TimesBest Seller on the “celebrities” list in July 2015 and the cover was updated to acknowledge this achievement.
On February 14, 2016, Graceffa confirmed that he is in a relationship with Daniel Preda. The pair have been together since July 2014. He lives in Los Angeles, California along with Daniel, Daniel’s mother Maria and their three Siberian Husky dogs – Wolf, Storm and Lark.