Growing up wasn’t a very pleasant one for self-proclaimed silver fox Anthony Varrecchia. According to the now popular personal trainer, model, and social media personality, he was bullied as a kid and grew up with lots of self-doubts and a lack of confidence in himself; but all these have all added in making him what he has become.
Despite all that he has been through, today, Varrecchia is a very confident and self-made man with a pretty success story that has inspired a lot of other people who are or would find themselves in his shoes in the near future – he has his own clothing line and has garnered thousands of followers on his Twitter and Instagram pages. Below is everything you should know about this well-built model that is causing so much buzz on social media.
Although there isn’t much information about the names of his parents and what they do, there exist information about his birth date and what his growing up was like.
Anthony Varrecchia is an American who was born on the 24th day of March 1963 in Staten Island, New York – in this same neighborhood, he was raised and spent thirty-five years of his life. Anthony and his three sisters were raised single-handedly by their mom who was a single parent.
Varrecchia had a very rough and tough childhood as he had to struggle to support his mother who did all within her power to raise four children all alone without any help or support. Being in school was alsovery challenging for him as he was bullied so much that it affected his school work and grades.
He recalls how his teachers called his mom during one of the summer schools he attended to tell her, they didn’t think her son belonged to the classroom. Though he wasn’t doing bad academically, Anthony Varrecchia, said he still felt that there was something different about him, something that made him different from other kids; and that was the way he saw the world around him, how he expressed himself with art whether it was gardening, painting, the way he dressed and kept his room. After High School, he headed to New York Institute of Technology where he bagged a B.A. in fine arts.
Anthony Varrecchia’s Journey To Self Discovery…
According to him, NYC actually opened his eyes to the world, he made friends from all over the world and there wasn’t bullying at this point in his life but that didn’t mean he explored all there was to his life at the time as he still hide one aspect of his life – his sexuality.
Still, haunted by the ghosts of his past and the bullies, Anthony found solace in fitness training and joined a gym. With passion and dedication, he began to build solid muscle and it felt good as it gave him the needed confidence that the time and the assurance that no one was going to stand in his way anymore.
Growing up Varrecchia never had a girlfriend, he dated but it never went much further than a kiss. Even as a young child, he said he knew deep inside he was not like the other boys but his surroundings kept him in the closet till he was 35. He knew he was gay but kept that part of his life hidden for fear of judgment and rejection.
He soon fought his fears and came out to stand for what and who he is in the year 2000 when he met true love. According to him, meeting Mathew who would later become his husband, opened up his world to whole new things – with regards to art, social issues, and other cultures.
Although, Mathew was handsome, had charisma, a very colorful background which Varrecchia admired, he had his own struggles and a very troubled upbringing but for his new found love, life was bright for him. A year after they met, they registered as domestic partners and exchanged rings on a plane ride to San Francisco and in the summer of 2002, they went to Vermont for a civil union.
A few weeks later, they planned a wedding in New Paltz, NY and had a beautiful one as all invited guests appeared in white. In the winter of 2007, the couple went to MA to be legally married but were turned down as it was not legal to do so that the time. However, in the summer of 2008, July 5th which happened to be the 6th anniversary of their Vermont civil union, they got married with the legal document of the law. Unfortunately, Matthew passed away a few months later in a car accident.
After the death of Matthew, left Anthony Varrecchia devastated with no friends and family to comfort him, he said he never thought he would get over his husband’s death and find love again, but years have passed and the sun is shining for him again!
His Social Media Fame
In April 2009, he ventured into the social media world by creating his Twitter account with an Instagram account that followed later. Today he is one of the hottest and most celebrated Instagram models garnering over 161k followers. He owns his own clothing lines – AnthonyUNBOUND.
Asides from his modelling career, Varrecchia is also a personal fitness trainer and a photographer.