Damian Gurrusquieta is an American Instagram star, social media personality, model, and aspiring musician. He has garnered fame for posting a variety of pictures and videos on his popular @elfamousdamian account. A native of Texas, Damian began uploading content on Instagram in June 2017. His first picture is a selfie with the Snapchat dog filter. He uploaded his first video on the platform a few days later. A gifted dancer, many of his videos and pictures show him dancing at clubs, parties, and various other occasions. As of mid-2019, he has accumulated several hundred thousand followers. He is also active on Twitter and YouTube. On the former, he has a little over four thousand followers, while on the latter, he has more than 50 thousand subscribers. In the summer of 2018, Damian became the subject of controversy for his relationship with the then-18-year-old YouTuber Ariadna Juarez. At the time, Damian was 13 years old. Several top YouTubers, including Philip DeFranco, covered the topic on their respective shows. It even received mainstream attention, with news outlets like ‘The Sun’ publishing articles on it.
Rise to Fame
The oldest picture on Damian Gurrusquieta’s Instagram was posted on June 8, 2017. It is a selfie of Damian with the Snapchat dog filter. In his next upload, he is wearing a grey and blue T-shirt. He put out his first video on 13 June. The accompanying caption reads, “Cadets be like #primitivecadets #cadets #Xvs”. On July 20, 2017, he shared a picture with popular rapper A-Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.
On April 20, 2018, he shared a picture from his childhood on his Instagram. He uploaded a picture with singer Ulices Chaidez on October 23, 2018. On 17 December, he announced on Instagram that he was working on his first single. A video posted on February 19, 2019 shows him participating in a music session for the single.
He set up his YouTube account ‘El Famous Damian’ on October 4, 2018, and published the first video on October 8, 2018. Titled ‘Quinceañera surprise dance | Los MBS’, the video has since become quite popular. He is not as active on YouTube as he is on Instagram. On Twitter, he posts updates on a regular basis.
On April 25, 2019, the music video for Damian’s debut single, ‘Me Haces Falta’, was released by Rancho Humilde.
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Scandals & Controversies
In early to mid-2018, Damian’s relationship with YouTube star and beauty vlogger Ariadna Juarez drew a massive amount of criticism towards the latter as Damian was a juvenile. Ariadna decided to address the criticism and posted a YouTube video, in which she appears alongside Damian’s mother and attempts to justify herself and the relationship. In order to convince her viewers that she did not do anything wrong, she states that “maturity is not determined by age”. The video itself drew a fresh wave of criticism, not just towards her but Damian’s mother as well for willingly allowing an adult woman to date her underage son.
The age of consent in Texas is 17, and Damian was 13 years old at the time. According to Ariadna, both families had gotten together with a lawyer about the legality of the situation. This lawyer apparently told them that they could date as long as there was no “sexual contact”. In his show, Philip DeFranco discussed the issue, dubbing it “disgusting”. Other YouTubers like Mista GG and Regan Wolf also heavily criticised it. When mainstream news outlets, like ‘The Sun,’ found out about it, they published articles condemning both
Ariadna and Damian’s mother. ‘The Sun’ reported that Damian and Ariadna had parted ways by August because “the negativity got out of hand". However, this is not accurate. They had been dating as late as January 2019. However, they have since apparently split up. Ariadna recently posted several photographs with her new boyfriend on her Instagram page.
Family & Personal Life
Damian was born on May 8, 2005, in Dallas, Texas, USA. In 2019, he attended his high-school prom. He is of Mexican descent and bilingual, being equally proficient in both English and Spanish. Having grown up in one of the centres of cowboy/vaquero culture, Damian’s music, as well as identity has been shaped by it. More often than not, he posts pictures with a cowboy hat. He is also a prodigious dancer and often uploads videos of himself dancing at clubs, parties, and various other events.