Joseph Michael “Joey” Graceffa is an YouTube personality. His two YouTube channels, JoeyGraceffa and Joey Graceffa, have a combined total of more than 850 million views. He was a contestant on 22ndand 24th seasons of The Amazing Race and has appeared in short films as well as television and web series.
Graceffa was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts, the son of Debbie O'Connor and Joe Graceffa. He has two siblings, a sister named Nicole and a half brother named Jett. He graduated from Marlborough High School in 2009. Graceffa attended Fitchburg State College intending to major in film, but left after one year.
At age 17, Graceffa began uploading videos to YouTube on a channel known as WinterSpringPro, with his high school classmate and friend Brittany Joyal. In 2009, he started posting videos on his own channel, called, JoeyGraceffa. In 2013, he joined the StyleHaul YouTube network. Graceffa posts daily vlogs on his channel. As of April 2016, he had over 6 million subscribers and approximately 845 million total views on his main YouTube channel. On a second YouTube channel focusing on his gaming, he had more than 1.7 million subscribers and approximately 258 percent million views . He also has more than 2.8 million Twitter followers and more than 3.9 million instagram followers.
In 2013, Graceffa and fellow YouTube personality Meghan Camarena were contestants on The Amazing Race 22. The two made it to the tenth leg before being eliminated. Graceffa told an interviewer that “There were a lot of bad times but it was definitely good overall. It was an amazing experience, and I’d love to do it again.” The two later teamed up again to compete in The Amazing Race: All-Stars.
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 MyMusicthroughout 2013 and 2014. Graceffa was nominated for two awards at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. He won “Best Male Actor in a Dramatic Web Series” at the 2014 Streamy Awards for his portrayal of Hunter Crowley in Storytellers. Graceffa was named by Common Sense Media as one of “10 YouTube Stars Your Kids Love”.
In March 2015, Graceffa starred in an episode of the CONtv reality television project Fight of the Living Dead, created by fellow YouTube personality Justine Ezarik.
On May 16, 2015 Graceffa released a song with an accompanying music video titled “Don’t Wait” that was widely distributed on Twitter and other media to broadly positive comment. It tells a fantasy fairytale story that features goblins, a witch and a prince.The video ends with Graceffa, dressed as a prince, kissing his male co-star. By May 15th , it had received more than 20 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 Simon & Schuster. 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 Times Best Seller on the "celebrities” list in July 2015 and the cover was updated to acknowledge this achievement.
On February 14, 2016, Graceffa announced that he has been in a relationship with Daniel Preda since July 2014 in a video titled “OUR LOVE STORY!"
On February 14, 2016, Graceffa confirmed he is in a relationship with Daniel Preda. The pair have been together since July 2014. He lives in Los Angeles, California along with Preda and their two husky dogs, Wolf and Storm.