8 things you probably didn’t know about will.i.am
He’s become the mainstay of The Voice UK – pretty much like Louis Walsh is to X Factor but what do we know about the talent judge that is will.i.am
Is will.i.am gay?
Will.i.am is extraordinarily private about his love life and has complained that he’s too busy with work to find love. He has spoken up for gay rights in the past. He was pro-gay marriage saying, “People should be able to marry and be with who they want, and let’s focus on the real issues… which are education, health and the things that kill people.” He once released a song which included lyrics about same-sex love. He said, “That song is for all types of people… People have been showing love.”
Who is will.i.am married to?
He’s not married.
One of his companies is called The Future
Apparently, this is so that when anyone comes to his offices he can say “welcome to The future“. Pretty cool. He loves technology and when he’s not making music he’s making tech products like a camera phone and wearable tech like a watch.
How much is will.i.am worth?
So he’s a pretty big earner and some sources have his net worth down for $75 million. He will have earned his money through TV appearances, but also from song royalties. He had a writing and producer credit for the massive worldwide hits, “Where Is The Love”, “Shut Up” and of course “I Gotta Feeling” which is one of the world’s biggest selling singles of all time.
Most awkward selfie moment
According to The Mirror a man once took a selfie with the star when they were in the toilet… peeing. He said, “I’ve been in the restroom, the dude next to me is peeing and he takes one hand off to get his phone out for a selfie. Yes, that’s happened.”
How old is will.i.am
will.i.am is 41-year-old in 2016. He was born on March 15th, 1975.
Is will.i.am British?
He was born William James Adams in Eastside California, USA. He was brought up in the Estrada Courts housing projects in the Boyle Heights neighbourhood. He never knew his father, he was raised by his mother. Although he spends a lot of time in the UK, William is American. In fact, he’s a bit of an international being. Apparently, according to the man himself he flies around 1,9200,000 miles a year and is never in a place longer than 10 days – even when he’s filming The Voice.
He apparently has over zealous PR people!
In a feature in The Telegraph in April 2016, Harry Wallop said that he was handed three sides of a4 paper, by will.i.am’s PR people entitled ‘Tips for maximising your interview time with will.i.am’. The tips informed Harry that he shouldn’t discuss the musician’s income or net worth and included the advice, “If he asks you to repeat or restate a question, this indicates that you need to ask crisper, more direct questions”. When Harry told Will about the tip sheet, Will had no idea!