Life Before Fame: 'Queer Eye's' Bobby Berk

Check out Bobby Berk's life before fame
January 11, 2020 - 13:39 / Cynthia Springer

Queer Eye has been one of the most inspiring series on Netflix the past few years. Designer Bobby Berk is just one of the members who's able to transform peoples' lives on the show. Find out what Bobby's life was like before fame and his success on Queer Eye!

Bobby Berk didn't have an easy life growing up. Born in Houston, Texas in 1981, Bobby's family moved to Mount Vernon, Missouri where it was considered the 'Bible Belt' of the U.S. As a gay teenager, he faced homophobia throughout his everyday surroundings...

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Bobby Berk's life before fame

By the age of 15, struggles with Bobby and his family forced him to leave home. While working at the restaurant Applebee's, he would often sleep in his car, or occasionally find a friend's house to crash at. In 2003, Bobby relocated to the city that never sleeps: New York City. With just $100 in his pocket, he found work at various home-furnishing stores and ended up working his way up as creative director at the high-end home store, Portico. 

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While Portico closed down its business in 2006, Bobby found this as a new opportunity to start his own online store, Bobby Berk Home, that same year. From 2007-2010, he successfully opened up his own stores from Manhattan to Miami to Atlanta. He then focused his career on his interior design services based in Los Angeles. 

Bobby Berk at the 2019 amfAR Gala Los Angeles 

Today, Bobby has made a great impact with his interior design knowledge in helping strangers transform their lives on Netflix's Queer Eye. The series has won an incredible seven Primetime Emmy Awards since it's release in 2018. 

Bobby is also a man in love! He's been married to Dewey Do for about 8 years now. The pair is semi-private about their personal life, but we can definitely tell they travel a lot and seem to be going strong in their relationship!

The pair currently resides in Los Angeles. If there's ever a story about a comeback kid, it's definitely Bobby Berk! We, like many others, are impatiently waiting for the next season of Queer Eye and happy tears.