Ashton Irwin: 5 Fast Facts About The 5 Seconds of Summer Drummer

Alright, take the credit, you know that Ashton Irwin is one of the members of the 5 Seconds of Summer band (5SOS). Let’s take it a bit further, you equally know that he sings but most often drums for the group just as he has either written or co-written most of the band’s songs. But, is that all there is to know about Ashton? There is more to who he is and this piece will be taking a look at the facts of his life.

For those who don’t know, the 5SOS band has been around since 2011. The Australian group which hails from New South Wales’ capital, Sydney gained international recognition when it toured with pop boy band – One Direction – in 2013.

However, the birth of the pop-rock band has been traced to the years preceding 2011 which was the year it was formed. Then the first three members of the group – Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood and Michael Clifford were regarded as YouTube celebrities. They were celebrated for posting videos of themselves performing songs of superstars. The one they did for Chris Brown’s Next to You was a big deal. Everyone knew it was only a matter of time before the guys become a global sensation, it came quicker than anticipated.

Ashton Irwin’s Background

The things that are known about the early life of Ashton Irwin, his family background and origin are largely insignificant when compared to the fame he has attained for being a member of the 5 Seconds of Summer pop-rock group. While he is widely known as Ashton Irwin, you will have to squeeze-in “Fletcher” in-between the two names to get his full name.

Ashton Fletcher Irwin was born on the 7th day of July in the year 1994. As far as we can tell, his place of birth was in Hornsby, Australia. It is said that the 5SOS drummer and vocalist was brought up by his mother, Anne Marie Irwin alongside his two siblings, Lauren Dawkins (sister) and Harry Dawkins (brother). Nothing is known about the 5SOS’ star father; if we are to believe what has been circulated, this is so because the union between him and Ashton’s mother fell apart a long time ago.

Ashton Irwin’s Fact Card

As Ashton Irwin is increasingly becoming more famous, we can only hope that it will trigger further revelations into who he was. For now, the following facts covers the major things one ought to know about the musician;

1. His Music Career Started In High School

Ashton was still a lad the first time he played the drums before an audience. This goes to show that his passion for music has been as old as he is. Nevertheless, it was when he started attending Richmond High School that it dawned on him – he was cut out for a career in music. Since then, music has been his priority. He has so far accomplished a lot with 5SOS, receiving numerous nominations and bagging many awards. Nonetheless, it is believed that his best is yet to come.

2. He Was Once a Member of a Band Called Swallow The Goldfish

True, Ashton Irwin is best known as a member of 5 Seconds of Summer. But before he joined the pop-rock band, he was already familiar with what it takes to be a member of a music group as he was a member of a band known as Swallow The Goldfish.

3. He’s The Last To Join 5SOS

Ashton Irwin and other members of 5SOS
Ashton Irwin and other members of 5SOS (Image Source)

According to the drummer, he first received an invite to join 5SOS from Calum Hood. He once jokingly described the invite as romantic, saying Calum got down on one knee and proposed he join the group. Ashton joined the band after it was formed. He became a member and drummer of the group sometime in December 2011.

4. Ashton Has Been Battling Depression and Anxiety

Apparently, the 5SOS star has been having mental health struggles, he has been battling depression and anxiety for quite a long time. Sometime in 2015, he disclosed that he’s hopeful the music he’s making with 5SOS would inspire and encourage young people who like him, are suffering anxiety and depression or going through other difficult personal issues.

5. He Probably Never Dated Kendall Jenner

In August 2014, it circulated that Ashton Irwin was having a romantic affair with the famous American model and television personality, Kendall Jenner. But then, the drummer recently inferred that he never had any romantic relationship with Jenner. Commenting on him and Jenner being spotted together, he suggested that it was a staged business arrangement that is common in showbiz.

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Chinedu Ndubueze
Chinedu Ndubueze
Chinedu holds a B.SC in Mass Communications with several years of writing and editing experience. He is an advocate of closed-back headphones, horror movies, and dark humor; He believes that Peter Griffin and Stan Smith should be real people. Outside of having to write, edit, and work on other forms of content, Chinedu may keep up with the EPL or listen to everything Eminem and Jon Bellion.

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