Born on 2 March 1996, in Brighton, England, under the mysterious and unpredictable sign of Pisces, Joseph Martin “Joe” Weller is a 23-year-old English YouTuber, gamer, streamer, professional boxer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. He gained popularity with audiences of both sexes, both for his good looks and entertaining content on topics such as the sports game FIFA, animal rights, and even rapping. Using his initial fame and a video directed at fellow YouTuber KSI, Joe built a platform to develop other ventures, and seek new ways of increasing his revenue.
Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Brighton
Joe Weller was born into an English family in the seaside resort of Brighton, and grew up alongside his sister, Amy Weller, who he introduced to his YouTube viewers. She was born on 9 October 1993. The Weller family is a close-knit one, which is exactly the reason why Joe Weller has a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial mindset. He was an excellent student at school, but was frequently a victim of bullying due to his somewhat larger-than-normal ears. Things got even worse when he suddenly started gaining weight, which ruined his prospects of being a professional footballer.
He was skilled and had good instincts while playing the defensive midfielder position, but was cut from the team because of his weight gain. Despite the hardships he faced, Joe remained determined to become an on-line sensation, and studied YouTubers to learn everything there was to know about shooting videos. He graduated from college in 2019, with a degree in Media Study and Film Making.
Career Beginnings: Learning How to Film, First Videos and More
Even during middle school, Joe loved filming videos. His first work, entitled “How to be a fighter man”, was a funny sketch about the use of martial arts moves in real life. At this time, he watched popular YouTubers to pick up on their editing and marketing techniques. Joe was also an avid reader at this time, so he released a short film named “The Jacket”, which was about teleportation, cloning and other yet-to-be-discovered technological solutions, and uploaded it onto his first YouTube channel.
Even though he was skilled enough to gain attention, it was hard for him to market his content, therefore Joe launched another channel called “nuevafilms”, on 22 June 2012, and on 11 July he posted his first video, entitled “NEW Channel | Tutorials and Torres”, announcing some upcoming videos. However, the video which got everyone’s attention was “How to be KSI”, attracting more than 4,000 subscribers to his channel in a matter of days.
Maintaining His Repertoire: More Football
The centerpiece of Joe’s YouTube account was football, and in the early stages of his career, he mostly posted videos of himself playing FIFA with live commentary. His focus was getting his hands on the new FIFA demo every yea,r and revealing the new features and improvements to his viewers. Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and the controversial Mario Balotelli were his favorite players at the time, but fans also found out that he was an avid Chelsea fan, citing Eden Hazard as the best player in the entire English Premier League. He also loves Brighton Hove & Albion, his local Premier League side.
Around this time, he released his first song “The Holy One”, devoted to the FIFA 2013 video game. One of his best works was the “World Cup Song: Brazil 2014”, in which he rapped about all the stars that would participate in the tournament. It is still one of his most popular videos, having over 20 million views as of June 2019. This exceptional music performance gave Joe some ideas for the future. At the end of 2014, he launched a second channel, exclusively for episodes of his talk show with Theo Baker “Wafflin’ by Joe Weller”.
Expanding His Work: Pranks, Sketches and More
In 2015 and 2016, Joe attracted an even bigger audience by expanding his repertoire of videos. Instead of focusing just on FIFA and football-oriented videos, he wanted to upload content that would be fun for everyone. Thus, he released videos like “Brutal WWE Moves On Girls”, which is his second most popular video at 32 million views. It features him and his friends re-enacting moves from pro wrestling stars.
One of the girls in his video turned out to be his significant other, Kate. In the same period, he uploaded “Public WWE Finishers”, which is now his third most-watched video at 25 million views. Other WWE videos such as “WWE Moves With WWE Legends” make him more appreciated by US viewers, as he became a true international star.
Why is Joe Weller So Popular?
Unlike most sports enthusiasts on YouTube, Joe is relatively good-looking and soft-spoken, which also endeared him to a large number of female fans. As he became more popular, he stayed loyal to his most dedicated followers, and listened to their wishes regarding content, editing techniques and more. He frequently talks about his parents and older sister Amy, which makes it evident that he is very dedicated to his family.
His humor is very tongue-in-cheek, something which appeals to both children and older viewers alike. Fans love him for his humble attitude, and the attention he devotes to important topics like global warming, animal cruelty and charity. However, vlogging and gaming aren’t his only passions.
Music Career: From FIFA to Deep House
Joe is a musician as well. He released his first song, “The Holy One” in 2013, in which he raps about FIFA 2013, inserting several punchlines and clever jokes. The same year, he released “90s Kid”, which was his first non-football song and an official single. Afterwards, he released his big hit, the song about the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. Recently, he is more into deep house and electronic music as a whole – “With My Load”, “Like Beckham” and “The Tank: Romelu Lukaku” are some of the songs in which he combines deep house and his love of football.
His biggest hit was as a feature artist on “A Queen and a Double”, with his good friend Elliot Crawford – the two rap over a trap beat, and as of June 2019, the song has eight million views on YouTube. On 21 April 2019, Joe released his newest deep house single, “Dark Paradise”, featuring Loula. He also made a foray into writing, as he released a book named “Joe Weller Explores: Haunted Hotel”.
Gym Challenge with Adebayo Akinfenwa
A big football fan, Joe used his celebrity status to get in touch with current Wycombe Wanderers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa – the English footballer achieved fame due to his massive frame and inhuman strength, so Joe wanted to make a video with him. On 12 February 2016, he dropped “Joe Weller Vs Akinfenwa | GYM CHALLENGE”, where he and the muscular footballer do a workout together. The video is very comedic, as Joe fails to match the performance of Akinfenwa, resulting in a lot of jokes and laughter.
Feud With KSI: Diss Tracks, Fights and More
In late 2017, KSI and Joe Weller engaged in an online beef – the whole thing started when Joe made fun of his mentor and good friend in a video. KSI reacted by threatening to release a diss track targeted at Joe who responded, and the two publicly made fun of each other.
Even though some people thought it was serious, the majority realized that the two were having fun and pulling off an impressive marketing stunt. On 3 February 2018, after several announcements and hype videos, KSI and Joe Weller engaged in a boxing match at the Copper Box Arena in London, England.
The fight was streamed on both of their YouTube channels, amassing 1.5 million live viewers with a subsequent 30 million in the following days. Joe lost by way of technical knockout (TKO). Until KSI faced fellow YouTuber Logan Paul, KSI vs. Joe Weller was the biggest white-collar boxing fight ever, and expression relating to boxing matches in which both participants have no previous boxing experience.
EE Wembley Cup
Joe has participated both as a player and a coach at the annual EE Wembley Cup. This competition is a football match with both male YouTubers and former soccer legends participating, at Wembley Stadium, with the proceedings from ticket sales given to charity. With his popularity, Joe has managed to raise the reputation of the tournament, as he faced off against the likes of Robert Pires, Steven Gerrard and Cafu.
Entrepreneurship: Legitimate Apparel
In 2018, Joe launched Legitimate, his own clothing line which provides modern and fashionable design solutions for both men and women. It’s selling quite nicely, given the fact that every time some of his merchandise drops, there is nothing left in the online store in a matter of hours. In some videos, Joe said he plans on expanding his collection, adding a bit more of a designer feel to some products.
Personal Life: Does Joe Weller Have a Girlfriend?
After releasing his “Brutal WWE Moves On Girls” video, Joe revealed that Kate Hutchins, an Instagram star and one of the girls in the video, was his girlfriend. She even appeared in several of his videos, but the couple broke-up in late 2016. Currently, there is no credible information on whether Joe has a girlfriend or not. It’s highly likely that he is completely focused on his career, and fulfilling his one video per week quota.
Body Measurements: How Tall is Joe Weller?
Joe Weller is 5ft 8in (172 cm) tall and weighs around 156 lbs (71kg). His vital statistics and other measurements are currently unknown to the wider public. He has blue hair and ocean blue eyes to match. Due to a strict workout and diet routine, Joe is visibly muscular, as he also plays football and other sports on a regular basis.
What is Joe Weller’s Net Worth?
According to several credible sources, Joe Weller has a net worth of approximately $1.5 million, amassed through YouTube video monetization, sponsorship contracts, advertising and his highly-publicized boxing match with KSI. He also owns a clothing brand, and there are rumors about him investing in several start-ups. Regardless, he is still only 23 years-old, and if he continues to develop his career, we might even see him reach an 8-figure number in the foreseeable future.
Like every gamer and YouTube personality, Joe realized the importance of social media and having an online presence, as tools to reach out to his audience and increase his popularity. The Joe Weller Store is his personal website, on which you can find both Joe Weller and Legitimate products. He has a Facebook Page with 450,000 followers, on Instagram, he is even more popular, with 2.1 million followers, while Joe also uses Twitter, on which he is followed by 1.3 million fans.
As for YouTube, his favorite platform, Joe is amongst the most popular accounts in the entire world. His main channel, Joe Weller, has five million subscribers and over a billion unique views. The second channel, Wafflin’ by Joe Weller, has 750,000 subscribers.