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What is Billy Porter Age and Net Worth 2023? His Divorce With Adam Smith; Movies & TV Shows

What is Billy Porter Age and Net Worth 2023? His Divorce With Adam Smith; Movies & TV Shows

Billy Porter, an American actor, singer, writer, and director rose to prominence for his appearance as Lola in a Musical, Kinky Boots. He sang songs like Love Is on the Way, Destiny, and Where Is Love?

Billy played the role of DJ Malibu in the movie, The Get Down. He became famous when he wore a GUCCI to the Met Gala and also appeared wearing an embroidered suit and pink cape at the 2019 Golden Globes.

Early Life of Billy Porter

Billy Porter was born William Ellis Porter II on September 21, 1969, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Currently, he is 53 years old and his sun sign is Virgo. His parents are William Ellis Porter (father) and Cloerinda Jean Johnson Porter Ford (mother). He has a sister named Mary Martha E. Ford who is an actress.

Her paternal grandparents are Almzo T. Ferris and Lola A. Henderson while James Johnson and Martha Richardson are his paternal grandparents. His nationality is American and he is of the African-American ethnicity. He is from a Pentecostal-believing family.

Billy's childhood picture
Caption: Billy’s childhood picture (Photo: Daily Mail)

Billy studied at Reizenstein Middle School. He graduated from Allderdice High School and Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School in 1987. Billy graduated holding a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in Drama at the  College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University. He received a graduate-level Professional Program in Screenwriting from UCLA.

Billy Porter was abused as a Youngster

Porter was only 7 years old when he was sexually assaulted by his own stepfather. His stepfather abused him sexually until he became 12 years old. He added that the abuse as the best thing in life because it made him speak for himself and be independent.

Billy Porter and Adam Smith Separated After Six Years

Billy was only 16 years old when he came out as a gay in between the AIDS crisis. He met his partner, Adam Smith for the first time at a dinner party in 2009. They dated each other for a year and had separated for five years and again started dating.

Billy with his ex-partner
Caption: Billy with his ex-partner (Photo: Daily Mail)

Billy proposed to Adam on December 29, 2016, and walked down the aisle on January 14, 2017. After 6 years of marriage, they decided to separate by mutual decision and announced officially on July 2023.

Billy Porter’s Net Worth

Billy has a net worth of $5 million as of 2023 which he earned through his professional career. His annual salary is $25k. He received the endorsement of brands like Champion, Gucci, TOM FORD, Oscar Heyman, and PRECIOSA. He paid $1.4 million for the house in Long Island. The house covers an area of 4,500 square feet and featured four bedrooms and five bathrooms.

 Billy in his car
Caption: Billy in his car (Photo: Daily Mail)

In 2007, he became bankrupt and also filed for bankruptcy. Billy is on a Hollywood strike for 26 days due to financial struggles stemming. He also shared that it is hard to survive in the industry without earning money and he is yet to earn and hasn’t received his money. He couldn’t film a new movie and a new television show duet to strike which are subject to start in September 2023.

Billy Porter Opens Up About HIV

Billy suffered from HIV in June 2007. He suffered from HIV for more than 14 years and knew about it when he went to Doctor to drain the pimple. Billy hated himself for getting a positive result on the HIV test and he told everyone except his mother.

He also had type-2 diabetes in February 2007 and when he was 25 years old he started receiving psychotherapy. So, he marks 2007 as the worst year of his life.

Billy Porter Faced Discrimination

He has faced discrimination in the music industry. He was also discriminated against by Vogue for not keeping him on its cover even though he had talked about nonbinary fashion. Billy is discriminated against for being black and non-binary but he continued his career by embracing love and tackling difficulties in his journey.

Professional Career of Billy Porter

  • He debuted in the tv industry by appearing and winning the show, American Talent Show Star Search in 1992.
  • Then, he played the role of Teen Angel in the movie, Grease in 1994.
  • He got the opportunity to play in shows like Topdog/Underdog at City Theatre and Dreamgirls at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.
  • Billy landed the role of Belize in Angels in America in September 2010.
 Billy psoin on the frame
Caption: Billy posing on the frame (Photo: IMDB)
  • His play, While I Yet Live, premiered at Primary Stages in September 2014.
  • He became the Ambassador for New York Fashion Week: Mens in February 2019.
  • He is a singer and has sung songs like Only One RoadLove Is on the Way, and Destiny.

Movies & TV Shows

He played in movies like Twisted, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, Anything’s Possible, 80 for Brady, and The First Wives Club. His hit tv shows are  Another World, Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story, So You Think You Can Dance, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 

Songs & Albums

His hit albums are Billy Porter, At the Corner of Broadway + Soul, Billy’s Back on Broadway, and Billy Porter Presents the Soul of Richard Rodgers. He released songs like Billy Porter’s – Somewhere, Degrees Of Motion Featuring Billy Porter – Show Me, Edelweiss, For What It’s Worth, The Shapeshifters feat. Billy Porter’s “Finally Ready, etc.

Awards & Nominations

  • In 2014, he won Grammy Awards in the criteria of Best Musical Theater Album, Kinky Boots.
  • He received the nomination for the Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off-Broadway Award at the 17th GLAAD Media Awards. 
  • He won a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Pose in 2019.
  • He received awards like Tony Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and NAACP Image Awards.

FAQs of Billy Porter

How tall is Billy Porter?

Billy has a perfect height of 5 feet 9 inches along with a body weight of 70 kg.  His body measurement is 40-30-14 inches and has black hair color and his eye color is brown. He wears a shoe size of 10(US).

Is Billy Porter’s mother disabled?

Yes, Billy’s mother was disabled. His mother has a degenerative disability so she raised Billy in Pittsburgh.

Does Billy Porter have tattoos?

No, Billy doesn’t has tattoos. He arrived with a temporary butterfly tattoo that represents metamorphosis at Critics’ Choice Awards.

Is Billy Porter related to Adina Porter?

No, Billy and Adina aren’t related. Billy and Adina are both actors and actresses by profession and aren’t connected.

What charities does Billy Porter support?

Billy is a charitable person. He is supporting charity organizations like NAACP, Planned Parenthood, and Sierra Club.

What did Billy Porter say about Harry Styles Vogue?

Billy said that Harry was put on the Vogue cover just because he is a white man and didn’t keep on the cover because he is black. Billy has also made a speech about non-binary fashion.