Jeremiah Brent

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Jeremiah Brent (born November 24, 1984) is an American interior designer and television personality.[1]

Artistic from an early age, he started his career as a self-taught designer. He founded his design firm Jeremiah Brent Design (JBD) in 2011, a full service interior design firm in Los Angeles and New York City. The firm specializes in residential, commercial, and hospitality design.

Brent was featured in many television shows with a big break in 2011 when he became a styling associate to Rachel Zoe on her syndicated show The Rachel Zoe Project in the fourth season of the show. He has also appeared in covers of various publications such as Domino magazine, Architectural Digest, Harper's Bazaar and People magazine. He was host of the Emmy Award-winning show Home Made Simple, broadcast for two seasons on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. Alongside his husband, fellow interior designer Nate Berkus, he launched in 2017 the TV show Nate & Jeremiah by Design broadcast on TLC network.[2] In 2017, he also became part of Living Spaces particularly Living Spaces presents Behind the Design.

Early life and education[edit]

Jeremiah Brent is the son of Gwen A. Johnson and Terry B. Johnson of Modesto, Calif. Growing up, his father was a deputy sheriff in Modesto, and his mother was a paralegal in San Francisco.[3] Brent graduated from Modesto High in 2002 , where he went by the name Jeremy Johnson [aka Jeremy Brent Clevenger Johnson.[4] While at Modesto High, Brent was active in drama, speech and debate. Brent’s parents have since moved from the area but he still has extended family there and has “nothing but fond memories” of Modesto.[5] His mother, Gwen, currently works at Estate Planning and Trusts Paralegal at Perkins Coie LLP in Chicago and resides in Elmhurst, IL.[6]

Career[edit]

Jeremiah Brent is an actor and producer, known for The Ode (2008), Nate & Jeremiah by Design (2017) and Home Made Simple (2011).[7] In early 2014, Brent and Nate Berkus were featured in clothier Banana Republic's "True Outfitters" ads in InStyle and Rolling Stone, among other magazines.[8] The New York Times noted they were the first same-sex couple to be featured in ads for the magazines.[9] Their Manhattan apartment was featured in the September 2015 issue of Architectural Digest magazine, where Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus appeared on the cover with their daughter Poppy.[10]

Brent was featured in many television shows with a big break in 2011 when he became a styling associate to Rachel Zoe on her syndicated show The Rachel Zoe Project in the fourth season of the show. He has also appeared in covers of various publications such as Domino magazine, Architectural Digest, Harper's Bazaar and People magazine. He was host of the Emmy Award-winning show Home Made Simple, broadcast for two seasons on Oprah Winfrey's OWNnetwork. Alongside his husband, fellow interior designer Nate Berkus, he launched in 2017 the TV show Nate & Jeremiah by Design broadcast on TLC network.[2] In 2017, he also became part of Living Spaces particularly Living Spaces presents Behind the Design.

Personal life[edit]

Brent graduated from Modesto High School in 2002, where he was known as Jeremy [Brent] Johnson.[11] In 2004 at the age of 19, he moved to Los Angeles.[12] For the first year that he was there, he was technically homeless, living on friends' couches and in his Jeep.[13] His first apartment was across the street from Covenant House, a shelter for homeless teens, which he later helped redesign.[14]

Brent is openly gay. After eight-and-a-half months of dating, he became engaged to fellow interior designer Nate Berkus in April 2013.[15][16] They were married on May 4, 2014 in Manhattan.[17][18] The couple's Jewish-Buddhist ceremony was officiated by the then-president of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), Sheri Salata. For reasons unknown, Brent legally changed his name from Jeremy Brent Clevenger Johnson to Jeremiah Brent on August 25, 2014.[4]

The couple had previously been rumoured to be planning a family together using a surrogate and were hoping for a boy. According to the New York Post, Brent had commented, "I wouldn’t know how to deal with a little girl."[19] Their daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus, was born on March 23, 2015 and their son, Oskar Michael Brent-Berkus, followed on March 26, 2018.[20] [21][22][23] Both children were born by different egg donors and surrogates contracted through Growing Generations, and neither Brent nor Berkus have publicly disclosed who the biological parents of their children are.[24] However, as a same-sex couple raising a family and living openly on Nate & Jeremiah By Design, Brent and Berkus feel a deep sense of responsibility to the LGBTQ community and have made it their goal to normalize their lifestyle on their show.[citation needed]

In December 2018, Brent and Berkus listed their 8,500-square-foot home Los Angeles home where they had planned to “put down roots” for $14 million. The 1920s Mediterranean-style home that the couple remodeled over a two-year period sold for about $11.35 million.[25] In 2019 they moved back to Manhattan.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeremiah Brent Bio, Age, Height, Tattoos, Net Worth, Family".
  2. ^ "Nate Berkus Birthday, Biography, Family, Life, Relationships and More".
  3. ^ "A Friendship Has Designs of Its Own". The New York Times. 2014-05-04. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  4. ^ a b "In The Matter Of Jeremy Brent Clevenger Johnson". UniCourt. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  5. ^ By. "Modesto-raised interior designer and famous husband share their love in new TLC show". modbee. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  6. ^ Johnson, Gwen. "Linkedin Gwen Johnson". Linkedin.
  7. ^ "Jeremiah Brent". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  8. ^ Nate Berkus And Jeremiah Brent Star In Banana Republic Campaign
  9. ^ Republic Ads With Real-Life Unions Include a Gay Couple
  10. ^ "Jeremiah Brent and Daughter Poppy Brent Berkus at Disneyland".
  11. ^ https://www.modbee.com/entertainment/article151355662.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ https://www.bravotv.com/people/jeremiah-brent. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ https://o-atrio.com/blog/2017/10/19/covenant-house-la. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ https://www.livingspaces.com/inspiration/ideas-advice/behind-the-design/jeremiah-brent-renovates-covenant-house-to-feel-like-home. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus Proposal Story".
  16. ^ Boehm, Kristin; Triggs, Charlotte (April 10, 2013). "Nate Berkus Is Engaged to Jeremiah Brent". People.
  17. ^ "Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus Wedding Pictures".
  18. ^ Webber, Stephanie (May 3, 2014). "Nate Berkus Marries Fiance Jeremiah Brent in NYC: New Details on Ceremony, Reception". Us Weekly. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  19. ^ "Nate Berkus marries Jeremiah Brent at New York Public Library". Mail Online. 2014-05-04. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  20. ^ "Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus Surrogate Born Son and Daughter". 2018-08-29.
  21. ^ "Jeremiah & I are thrilled to announce..." Nate Berkus verified Facebook pager. March 25, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  22. ^ Huffington Post: Nate Berkus Welcomes A Daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus
  23. ^ PopSugar: Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent's Snaps of Their Daughter, Poppy, Are Devastatingly Sweet
  24. ^ MacCarthy, Mariah (2018-06-15). "TLC Co-dads Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent Share Their Biggest Parenting Surprise". SheKnows. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  25. ^ Strum, Beckie; Global, Mansion (2019-03-28). "Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent sell historic LA home for $11.3M". Page Six. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  26. ^ "Jeremiah Brent Reveals the Secret Affordable Decor Source Uses to Deck Out Homes on their Show". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2019-05-07.

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