Dan Howell is one of England’s biggest exports when it comes to internet and online personalities. He has developed and carefully cultivated a thriving YouTube career, remaining relevant over the years which is not an easy feat considering the number of Youtube stars and Instagram celebrities popping up every day. Dan has however maintained a good handle on his fame in the most effortless manner. His famous YouTube channel which has over six million subscribers is simply called ‘Daniel Howell‘, however, it used to be called ‘danisnotonfire.‘ But who really is Dan Howell outside YouTube? Find out more about the media personality’s life before fame and details about his love life since he came out as gay.
What to Know About Dan Howell’s Early Life
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 fulltime 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.
Phil Lester and Dan had met online in 2009, began living together in 2011 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.
Does He Have A Boyfriend?
Dan Howell officially came out as a gay person 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.
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.
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.