Who Is Dan Howell and Does He Have A Partner Since Coming Out As Gay?

Dan Howell is a 33 year-old English YouTuber, presenter, and author born on June 11, 1991. He earned popularity via his YouTube channels, Daniel Howell and DanAndPhilGAMES.

Howell, who had dated women in the past, including actress Lucy Hale, came out as gay in 2019. He revealed that he had been in a romantic relationship with his longtime friend and collaborator, Phil Lester.

Summary of Dan Howell’s Biography

  • Full name: Daniel James Howell
  • Nickname: Dan Howell
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of birth: 11 June 1991
  • Place of Birth: Wokingham, Berkshire
  • Dan Howell’s Age: 33 years old
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Nationality: English
  • Zodiac Sign: Gemini
  • Sexual Orientation: Gay
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Marital Status: Unmarried
  • Siblings: Adrian Howel (younger brother)
  • Education: The Forest School, University of Manchester (dropped out)
  • Occupation: YouTube personality
  • Channels: Daniel Howell, danisnotinteresting, DanAndPhilGAMES
  • Subscribers: 6.22 million (Daniel Howell), 1.63 million (danisnotinteresting), and 2.85 million (DanAndPhilGAMES)
  • Total Views: 676,100,262 (Daniel Howell), 73,027,076 (danisnotinteresting), and 665,035,263 (DanAndPhilGAMES)
  • Dan Howell’s Height in Inches: 75 inches
  • Dan Howell’s Height in Centimetres: 190.5cm
  • Dan Howell’s Weight: : 80 Kg
  • Biceps Size: 14 inches
  • Body measurements in inches: 41-33-35 (chest-waist-hips)
  • Body measurements in centimetres: 104-83.8-88.9 (chest-waist-hips)
  • Dan Howell’s Net worth: $2 Million
  • Famous for: His YouTube channels Daniel Howell and DanAndPhilGAMES
  • Dan Howell’s Instagram: danielhowell
  • YouTube: Daniel Howell, danisnotinteresting, DanAndPhilGAMES
  • Twitter: Daniel Howell

What is Dan Howell’s Age and Where Was He Born?

Dan Howell was born on June 11, 1991, in Winnersh, Wokingham, Berkshire, where he was also raised. His mother was a philosophy graduate, his father worked special effects for movies and was also a DJ and he has a younger brother who prefers to keep away from the spotlight even though he is also a YouTuber. Dan maintains a close relationship with his grandmother.

In his teenage years, he took up work at Focus DIY, a privately owned chain of DIY stores in the United Kingdom. This experience was his first introduction to what would eventually be his fulltime career. After Focus DIY, he temporarily worked at ASDA – a British supermarket retailer that had its headquarters in Leeds, England.

He attended The Forest School, an all-boys secondary school located in Winnersh, Berkshire, England and graduated in 2009. After graduation, he took a year off school to explore posting videos on his Youtube channel as a hobby and in 2010 he went to study law at the University of Manchester.

He would later drop out in 2011 when he realized he had no interest in the subject or the profession. This was when he fully transitioned into becoming a full-time Youtuber, a venture he enjoyed so much more.

Part of the reason Dan has continued to remain successful is that he diversified his brand and didn’t limit himself to his YouTube platform but also began exploring radio presenting as a career option. This led him to start the successful radio show – Dan And Phil – with his friend Phil Lester.

The show aired on BBC Radio 1 every Sunday and was on the entertainment segment. Besides Dan and Phil, he was also a host on BBC Radio 1’s Internet Takeover which aired every Monday night and featured different internet celebrities.

Who Is Dan Howell’s Boyfriend?

Dan Howell
Dan with longtime friend, Phil Lester Image Source

Dan Howell officially came out as gay in 2019. He also described his sexuality as queer while admitting that he was not one given to the use of labels to identify his sexual orientation.

He came out through a video posted to his popular YouTube page and revealed that prior to coming out to the world, he had come out to his family via an email in June 2019. In his video, Howell spoke about having to deal with homophones during his teenage years so much so that it pushed him to suicidal attempts.

Relationship Between Dan Howell and Phil Lester

He has long been suspected to be in a romantic relationship with his longtime friend Phil Lester, and in 2019, he revealed that they have both been romantically involved in the past, however, he did not reveal if they were still a couple in 2019.

He used words such as “companions through life” and “soul mates” to describe his relationship with Lester. He later pointed out that he is a very private person when it comes to details regarding his personal life.

Phil Lester and Dan had met online in 2009, began living together in 2011, and would become his frequent collaborator on some other shows like Internet Takeover. Lester also has a successful career as a Youtuber and is known for his work on his Youtube channel, Amazing Phil. They lived in Manchester but moved to London in 2012. Together, they’ve lived in at least three homes so far.

Daniel Howell’s Ex-girlfriend

In the past, Dan Howell has been confirmed to have dated women, one of who is actress Lucy Hale who is famous for her role as Aria in Pretty Little Liars and Stella Abbott in Life Sentence. She also appeared in How I Met Your Mother, Privileged and the movie Truth Or Dare.

His Struggle with Depression 

Dan Howell has also struggled with clinical depression which he admitted to in his video, “Daniel and Depression“+ in October 2017. In the video, he spoke openly about his journey to recovery which involved seeing a therapist, taking antidepressants and focusing on “basic self-care”.

His video was very impactful and has been seen over 2.6 million times. He posted the video a day after World Mental Health Day and showed it for #HelloYellow – a mental health campaign by YoungMinds, by a UK-based organization. His good friend Phil Lester supported the campaign. After the video, YoungMinds named Howell as one of their ambassadors in appreciation of his support.

Is Dan Howell Gay?

Yes, Dan Howell is gay. He made the revelation in June 2019 through a YouTube video titled ‘Basically I’m gay.’

When Was Dan Howell’s Coming Out as Gay?

Dan Howell came out as queer and gay to his more than 6 million YouTube followers in June 2019. He took the screen to make the revelation in a video simply titled ‘Basically I’m gay’ and also disclosed that he had come out to his family before then via email. His coming out was received with a lot of love and understanding, and two and half weeks after he uploaded the video, his YouTube partner, Phil, also shared that he was gay too.

What Happened to Dan Howell?

After almost three years of disappearing from YouTube without a word, Dan Howell surprised his followers on May 4th 2022, when he uploaded a new video of almost 90 minutes long. In the video titled ‘Why I Quit YouTube,’ Dan shared that the video sharing platform has been taking a toll on him, adding that he was “burnt out from being a YouTuber.”

Are Dan Howell and Phil Lester Married?

As it stands now, it is not known if Dan Howell and Phil Lester are married, however, they have been suspected to be in a romantic relationship. The duo has been living together since August 2011. They first lived in Manchester and eventually relocated to London in July 2012. In June 2019, Dan disclosed that they have been romantically involved but held back from explaining whether they are still a couple with the excuse that he is someone that prefers to keep the details of his personal life private just as Phil.

Does Dan Howell Have a Girlfriend?

Dan Howell is proudly gay and this means that he is attracted to men and not women. So, while he is yet to let his fans know who his partner is, there is absolutely nothing that points to the fact that he might be involved with a woman.

When Was Dan Howell Born and How Old is He Now?

The online personality was born Daniel James Howell on 11 June 1991 in Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and is 33 years old as of 2024.

What is Dan Howell’s Height?

Dan Howell is 75 inches or 6 feet two inches tall. He also weighs 80 kg and has body measurements of 41 inches -33 inches -35 inches (chest-waist-hips).

Profile Summary
First Name:Daniel
Last Name:Howell
Also Known As:
Dan Howell
YouTuber, Presenter, and Author
Famous For:YouTube channels Daniel Howell
Colleges/Universities Attended:
The University of Manchester (2010–2011), The Forest School (2009)
Educational Qualifications:
Dropped out
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
33 years old (11 June 1991)
Zodiac Sign:Gemini
Birth Place:
Wokingham, United Kingdom
Country of Residence:
Physical Attributes
6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m)
80 kg (176 lbs)
Eye Colour:
Dark Brown
Hair Color:
Dark Brown
Other Body Measurements:
Marital Status:
Not Married
Phil Lester
Family and Relatives
Siblings:Adrian - Brother
Other Relatives:
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$3 million
Source of Wealth:
YouTube channel danisnotonfire
Edidiong Mboho
Edidiong Mboho
A graduate of United States International University currently undergoing her Masters degree Programme in The UK, Eddy is a storyteller, movie enthusiast, and TV nerd who can always be found on Netflix. She's always up to argue about comic book movies. Getting to write and edit for a living is definitely the dream and it is always exciting to be afforded the opportunity to learn new things every day.


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