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Benji Madden (born Benjamin Levi Combs on March 11, 1979) is an Americanmarker record producer, DJ and the guitarist and backup vocalist for the band Good Charlotte, he co-founded with his identical twin brother, Joel Madden.

Biography

Early life

"Benji On The Stage"
Benjamin "Benji" Madden was born in Waldorf, Marylandmarker to a working class Irishmarker-American family. He has an identical twin brother, Joel Madden, who sings lead in the band Good Charlotte. He has an older brother named Josh, who helps design their DCMA Collective clothing line. Madden also has a younger sister, Sarah. Madden attended La Plata High Schoolmarker in La Plata, Marylandmarker. When he was sixteen years old his father, Roger Combs, left the family causing them financial hardship. Madden took up various odd jobs to help with the family's bills. While in his early twenties, Madden changed his last name from Combs, his father's name, to his mother's maiden name, Madden.

Other projects

In the 2001 film Not Another Teen Movie, Benji and the other Good Charlotte members made a cameo as the band at the school's prom. Madden made another appearance in the 2006 film Material Girls with his brother Joel.

Madden started a clothing line called MADE Clothing along with his brothers Joel and Josh. "MADE" stands for the will to fight and die for those who you love. The line is now defunct. In early 2006, MADE Clothing became DCMA Collective. The line is owned by himself, his brothers Joel Madden, Josh Madden, and friend Tal Cooperman. A DCMA Collective store was opened in Los Angeles, Californiamarker, on March 15, 2008.

While still playing in Good Charlotte, Benji and his brother Joel take part in a side project group called the Dead Executives. Madden was a co-writer and co-producer of some of the songs on Hilary Duff's Most Wanted (2005) complication album. He also co-wrote the theme song for Paris Hilton's reality show "My New BFF." He has sang back-up vocals for artists, such as MxPx, Kill Hannah, Apoptygma Berzerk, Mest, The 69 Eyes, Sean Kingston, Three 6 Mafia, Chamillionaire, and Matisyahu. As of September 2009 Benji has joined the band Taintstick, fronted by radio talk show host, professional MMA fighter, and pro skateboarder, Jason Ellis.

Personal life

He is currently living in Glendale, Californiamarker.

In January 2008, media outlets reported that Madden and his long-time fiancée, Sophie Monk, had split up. In response to the rumors, Good Charlotte's rep told Us Weekly: "Benji Madden and Sophie Monk are together and very happy." However, in mid-February it was officially announced by Monk's Sydney agent, that "Sophie and Benji have officially split. The decision was mutual and they remain amicable." Soon after, Madden began dating Paris Hilton and would end their relationship after nine months. Break-up rumors began circulating in the media in mid-November, after Hilton reunited with her former boyfriend Stavros Niarchos in Miamimarker.

Madden is an avid collector of Living Dead Dolls. In an episode of MTV Cribs he showed off his vast collection and a pet tiger, Sam.He is known for having many tattoos, including a tattoo of Ben Franklin, which covers his entire back.

Featured Guest appearances

Vocal appearances

Year Song Artist(s) Album
? "Let's Go" X-Ecutioners
2002 "January" Goldfinger Open Your Eyes
2003 "Jaded (These Years)" Mest Mest
"It's Alright" MxPx Before Everything & After
"On the Outs"
2004 "Are You Ready?" Hazen Street Hazen Street
"All That"
2007 "Tightly Wound" MxPx Secret Weapon
"Sex Without Love" Ben Lee Ripe
2008 "My Own Way" Three 6 Mafia Last 2 Walk
2009 "Apollo (Live On Your TV)" Apoptygma Berzerk Rocket Science
"Darkness Into Light" Matisyahu Light
"Dead N' Gone" The 69 Eyes Back in Blood
"Shoulda Let U Go" Sean Kingston Tomorrow
"Snowblinded" Kill Hannah Wake Up the Sleepers


Video appearances



See also



References

  1. Benji Madden trivia and quotes TV.com. (2008-01-19) Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
  2. Benji and Joel Madden make a cameo in a Hilary Duff movie, "Material Girls" (2006) YouTube.com. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
  3. Benji Madden and Paris Hilton “My New BFF” Theme Song Retrieved on January 24, 2009.
  4. Benji Madden as a back-up vocalist Twitter. September 18, 2009.
  5. Sophie Monk splits from Good Charlotte's Benji Madden News.com.au. February 13, 2008. Retrieved January 19, 2008.
  6. Stavros and Paris reunited and it feels so sleazy TMZ.com. (2008/11/17) Retrieved April 15, 2009.
  7. Benji Madden shows off his tattoo of Ben Franklin News.com.au. Retrieved May 13, 2009.


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