Growing up was not very pleasant for the self-proclaimed silver fox Anthony Verrecchia. According to the now popular personal trainer, model, and social media personality, he was bullied as a child and grew up with a lot of self-doubts and lack of self-confidence; but all this made him what he has become.
Despite all that he’s been through, Varrecchia is now a very confident and self-made man with a nice success story that has inspired many other people who are in his shoes or will be in the near future – he has his own clothing line and has won thousands of followers on his Twitter and Instagram pages. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about this well-built model who is causing so much attention in social media.
While there is not much information about the names of his parents and their work, there is information about his date of birth and how he grew up.
Anthony Varrecchia is an American born on March 24, 1963, in Staten Island, New York – in the same neighborhood he grew up and spent thirty-five years of his life. Anthony and his three sisters were raised alone by their mother, who was a single parent.
Verrecchia had a very rough and tough childhood, as he had to fight to support his mother, who did everything in her power to raise four children all alone and without any help or support. Being in school was a challenge for him too, as he was harassed to such an extent that it affected his school performance and grades.
He recalls how his teachers called his mother during one of the summer schools he attended to tell her that they felt their son did not belong in the classroom. Although he was not bad academically, Anthony Varrecchia said that he still felt there was something different about him, something that set him apart from other children; and that was the way he saw the world around him, the way he expressed himself through art, be it gardening, painting, the way he dressed and kept his room. After high school, he went to the New York Institute of Technology, where he earned a B.A. in Fine Arts.
Anthony Varrecchia’s Journey To Self Discovery…
According to him, NYC actually opened his eyes to the world, he made friends from all over the world, and at that time in his life there was no bullying, but that didn’t mean that he explored everything that was going on in his life at that time, because he still hides one aspect of his life – his sexuality.
Nevertheless, haunted by the ghosts of his past and the tyrants, Anthony found comfort in fitness training and joined a gym. With passion and dedication, he began to build solid muscles, and it felt good because it gave him the confidence he needed in time and the certainty that no one would stand in his way.
As an adolescent Varrecchia never had a girlfriend, he went out, but it never went much further than a kiss. Even as a small child he said that deep down he knew he was not like the other boys, but his environment kept him in the closet until he was 35. He knew he was gay, but he kept this part of his life hidden for fear of being judged and rejected.
Soon he fought against his fears and in 2000 when he met true love, he stood up for what and who he is. The encounter with Mathew, who would later become his husband, opened up his world to completely new things – in terms of art, social issues, and other cultures.
Although Mathew was handsome, had charisma, a very colorful background that Varrecchia admired, he had his own struggles and a very troubled upbringing, but for his newfound love life was bright for him. A year after they met, they registered as life partners and exchanged rings on a flight to San Francisco, and in the summer of 2002, they went to Vermont for a civil association.
A few weeks later they planned a wedding in New Paltz, New York, and had a beautiful wedding, as all the invited guests appeared in white. In the winter of 2007, the couple went to MA to get married legally but was rejected because it was not legal at that time. However, in the summer of 2008, on July 5th, the 6th anniversary of their civil union in Vermont, they married the legal certificate of the law. Unfortunately, Matthew died a few months later in a car accident.
After the death of Matthew, who left Anthony Varrecchia devastated, with no friends or family to comfort him, he said he never thought he would get over his husband’s death and find love again, but the years have passed and the sun is shining for him again!
His Social Media Fame
In April 2009, he ventured into the world of social media by setting up his Twitter account with a subsequent Instagram account. Today he is one of the hottest and most celebrated Instagram models with over 161,000 followers. He owns his own fashion lines – AnthonyUNBOUND.
Apart from his modeling career, Varrecchia is also a personal fitness trainer and photographer.