Austin Armacost

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Austin Armacost (born March 28, 1988) is an American reality television personality who rose to fame in 2010 by becoming a cast member in the Logo reality television series The A-List: New York which followed the lives of six gay and bisexual men in New York City.

In 2015, he competed in the sixteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother, where he became runner-up. He re-entered the house in 2017 during the nineteenth series as an "All Star" in which he was the second to leave the house, placing fifteenth.

Personal life[edit]

Armacost was married to a British man named Jake Lees[1][2] for eight years.[3] They separated in 2016.[4]

Austin celebrated his one-year anniversary with new boyfriend, IT Business Architect Darren Banks in September 2017.

Celebrity Big Brother[edit]

On 27 August 2015, Armacost entered the Celebrity Big Brother house as a housemate in the sixteenth series competing for "Team USA" and finished as runner up to James Hill.[5] Following their appearance in the series, both Austin and James won "TV Moment of the Year" at The Attitude Awards 2015.[6]

He returned again as an All-Star for Celebrity Big Brother 19 and was evicted in a twist, which saw him voted as the "dullest housemate". He finished in fifteenth place.


Year Title Role Notes
2010–11 The A-List: New York Himself Main cast
2015, 2017 Celebrity Big Brother CBB16 housemate
CBB19 housemate

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Austin Armacost: Why I've split from my husband". 26 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Austin Armacost talks CBB, finding love, and why he has a thing for British boys".
  3. ^, Emily Hewett for (3 January 2017). "Everything you need to know about Celebrity Big Brother's Austin Armacost".
  4. ^ "Celebrity Big Brother star Austin Armacost SPLITS from husband Jake". 24 July 2016.
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