Cody Simpson is best known for two things – his music and for dating Gigi Hadid – but there is so much more to him than just that. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the Australian pop star!
9. From Australia to L.A.
He was born on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, but his family relocated to Los Angeles in 2010 so that he could launch his music career.
8. Competitive Swimmer
He was a competitive swimmer before he launched his music career and has won two gold medals at the Queensland Swimming Championships. His coach had hoped that he would aim for a spot on the 2016 Olympic team.
7. Diapered Chickens
His debut single “iYiYi” was about putting diapers on a chicken.
6. Discovered on YouTube
After he and his friend performed “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz for a school talent show, he uploaded the performance onto YouTube and also began uploading videos of his solo performances. Less than a year later, his videos caught music producer Shawn Campbell’s attention and his hobby became his job. He was in the sixth grade at the time.
5. Famous Manager
He and Justin Bieber share the same manager, Scooter Braun.Ray Mickshaw / © Fox / Courtesy: Everett Collection
He has two younger siblings, Tom and Alli. His sister Alli is following in Cody’s footsteps. She’s released three singles of her own and she’s also a host, model, dancer, actress and fashion columnist.Photo by Broadimage / Rex Features
3. Family Friends
His mom is good friends with his ex Gigi Hadid’s mom, Yolanda Foster.Source: heavy.com
Growing up, he listened to Keith Urban and Johnny Cash. He was also a big fan of Justin Timberlake and the Jacksons.