Billy Corgan Bio
William Patrick “Billy” Corgan Jr., born on 17 March 1967 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, executive and professional wrestling promoter. He is best known as the lead singer, guitarist and sole permanent member of alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins.
The Smashing Pumpkins was formed in 1998 by Billy Corgan and guitarist James Iha in Chicago, Illinois. They recruited bassist D’arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. The band released their debut album in 1991, and went on to become one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of the nineties. However, due to internal fighting, drug use and diminishing record sales the band broke up in 2000.
Billy Corgan started a new band called Zwan. The band released only one album, entitled Mary Star of the Sea, in 2003. In 2005, Billy Corgan released a solo album (TheFutureEmbrace) and a collection of poetry (Blinking with Fists).
The same year Billy Corgan announced that he was planning to reunite The Smashing Pumpkins. He is the only original band member in the new version of The Smashing Pumpkins, which released reunion album Zeitgeist in 2007.
In 2011, Billy Corgan entered the world of professional wrestling, and founded Chicago-based indie professional wrestling promotion Resistance Pro Wrestling. He then joined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2015, and became its president in August 2016. He left TNA Wrestling on 2 November 2016 over lawsuits, which he had filed with the company – stating gross misconduct as the reason.
Billy Corgan Personal Details
- Born Name: William Patrick “Billy” Corgan Jr
- Age (in 2017): 50
- Date of Birth: March 17, 1967
- Birthplace: Elk Grove Village, Illinois, United States
- Zodiac Sign: Pisces
- Occupation: Singer
- Net worth: 60 Million
- Official Website: http://www.smashingpumpkinsnexus.com/
- Official Twitter: @Billy
Billy Corgan Family Tree
- Wife name: Chris Fabian (Divorced)
- Boy: Augustus Juppiter Corgan
- Father name: William Corgan Sr.
- Mother name: Martha Louise Maes Corgan Lutz
- Brother: Ricky Corgan
- Half-brother (Paternal): Jesse Corgan
Billy Corgan Relationship History
Below is the relationship and dating history for Billy Corgan with his past and current girlfriend details.
Billy Corgan dated:
- Jennifer Finch – Jennifer Finch is an American Musician.
- Helena Christensen – Helena Christensen is a Danish Model. (RUMOR)
- Fiona Horne – Fiona Horne is an American Musician.
- Chris Fabian (1987-1995) – After a 6 year on-again, off-again relationship, Billy Corgan married Chris Fabian, an art conservator and artist, in 1993. The couple was married at a small ceremony at his house in Wrigleyville. They separated late 1995 and divorced in 1997.
- Courtney Love (1989-2008) – Courtney Love and Billy Corgan dated briefly in the late eighties, before the singer and Kurt Cobain got together. They are rumored to have rekindled their relationship in 1994, after Kurt Cobain’s death.
- Yelena Yemchuk(1995-2004) – Yelena Yemchuk is a photographer. After the couple started dating, Yelena Yemachuk contributed to several Smashing Pumpkins videos and album art. According to Corgan, his breakup with Yelena Yemchuk contributed to the themes of his 2005 solo release album, TheFutureEmbrace.
- Emilie Autumn (2005) – Billy Corgan dated musician Emilie Autumn for a number of months. The couple collaborated on multiple occasions during this time, with Autumn providing vocals and violin on his solo album, and costume for a supporting music video.
- Sierra Swan (2006) – Sierra Swan is an American Singer.
- Jackie Johnson (2009) – Jackie Johnson is an American TV Personality.
- Jessica Simpson (November 2009) – Billy Corgan and pop singer Jessica Simpson worked on a song together, and romance rumors flew.
- Tila Nguyen (2009-2010) – Tila Tequila and Billy Corgan appeared together on the red carpet at Bravo’s A-List Awards. Even though the relationship ended, the two remain friends.
- Jessica Origliasso (April 2010-June 2012) – Jessica Origliasso in a musician.
- Chloe Mendel (2013-PRESENT) – Billy Corgan is dating Chloe Mendel. Their son was born on 16 November 2015.
Billy Corgan Body Measurements, Weight Loss, Diet and Exercise Routine
Billy Corgan Body Measurements
- Height in Feet: 6′ 3″
- Height in Centimeters: 191 cm
- Weight in Pounds: – pounds
- Weight in Kilogram: – kg
Diet and Exercise Plan
Billy Corgan hates dieting and he eats whatever he likes. But being a sports enthusiast helps him to stay fit. He is extremely good in wrestling, and exercises his arm strength daily.
Billy Corgan Fun Facts
Billy Corgan Quotes
“For someone who’s had the level of success I’ve had, there’s been very little critical review of my work, which is pretty fascinating.”
“I was trying to be this person who is cool, eternally rocking.”
Billy Corgan Interesting Facts
- He battled depression during his youth, and cut himself to deal with the pain.
- He started out as the bass player for Smashing Pumpkins, before becoming the band’s front-man.
- He once worked at a Chinese restaurant as the dishwasher.
- The song Spaceboy from the album Siamese Dream is about his younger half-brother who is physically disabled.
- He is an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
- He underwent therapy for depression and anxiety while the Smashing Pumpkins were putting out their first two albums. While on tour, he often took comfort in food to control his anxieties.
- In his early years his taste in music was influenced by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bad Brains, after he saw the bands live.
- He lived in a parking garage at one stage.
- Salvador Dalí is one of his favorite artists.
- In his youth he was a self-confessed loner who collected baseball cards.