The story of Jeremy Meeks’ rise to stardom is quite an unusual one, and that is what makes it all the more interesting. Have you ever imagined a convicted felon rising to widespread fame at the same time he was sentenced to serve time in prison? That sums up the story of Jeremy Meeks. Usually, people who are serving time in prison don’t make any buzz in the outside world except if they are already well-known celebrities, but Jeremy Meeks, a typical nobody, did the impossible, and it was mainly because of his good looks.
While in prison, Meeks became so popular outside his confinement. He earned lots of nicknames; while some referred to him as the hot felon, others described him as an American bad boy. He has since gone on to establish a budding modeling career. But how did it all happen? How did a man who was sentenced to serve a jail term end up becoming insanely popular while being locked up? Let us tell you all about his journey.
Who Was Jeremy Meeks Before All The Fame?
Jeremy Meeks was born on the 7th of February 1984 in Tacoma, Washington DC, United States, and is one of the two children belonging to Katherine Angier. He has a brother named Emery Meeks. Growing up, Meeks lived a dangerous life and was often in trouble with the law. Most times adolescents find it hard to manage the trials of life, and oftentimes, some of them tend to tread on the wrong path. This was the case for Jeremy, who at the age of 18, served a two-year jail term for his involvement in battering and violating a much younger child.
While in prison, he became a member of the North Side Gangster Crips. After serving his jail term, he was arrested again on the 18th of June 2014 after he was caught in possession of ammunition and marijuana. He was charged with five felony weapon counts and one gang charge and was also sentenced to 27 months in prison. At this time, he had gained notoriety as one of the most violent criminals in Stockton, California. With his arrest, investigations carried out showed that he was initially convicted for theft in 2005 and forgery in 2007, in which he served less than 75 days for both crimes.
Jeremy Meeks’ Unexpected Thrust To Limelight
Jeremy Meeks never knew that despite his troubles, there was always a light at the end of the tunnel. When he got arrested for having ammunition and marijuana, the police took photos of him and then posted his mug shot on Facebook. The mug shot quickly went viral online because of Meeks’ very good looks.
The interesting thing about Jeremy Meeks is that he is a very handsome man who has been blessed with very striking facial features. Usually, mug shots are not a thing of beauty, but Meeks’ handsomeness made his mug shot look like he was a model posing for the camera at a photo shoot. Many people began to search for details about his life, and social media exploded with discussions about him.
While he was kept as an inmate, tongues waggled because of his good-looking mug shot, and most headlines about his arrest sold because of its caption; he was often called ‘the hot felon’ by the press when reports about him are released. It was not long before he caught the attention of Jim Jordan, a popular American talent scout and manager, who is also a director, as well as a fashion and commercial photographer.
A Glittering Modeling Career
After Jim Jordan took note of Jeremy Meeks, he decided to turn the convicted felon into a model and offered him a management contract while Meeks was still in prison. Things were looking great for the prisoner. Eventually, after serving his jail term, Jeremy Meeks dived fully into a modeling career and signed with Jim Jordan’s White Cross Management in March 2016.
He made his first runway debut during the New York Fashion Week in February 2017, and then, Vogue Magazine got him on their cover page, describing him as a buff bad boy. In June that same year, he was one of the runway models who partook in the Milan Fashion Week, working under fashion designer Philipp Plein. He followed his exploits by appearing in a campaign for Israeli sunglasses fashion house, Carolina Lemke. In 2018, Meeks became the face of the brand FashionNova Men.
Juicy Tidbits About Jeremy Meeks’ Love Life
Upon Jeremy Meeks’ release from prison, a lot of girls who wanted to be ‘Mrs. Meeks’ got the shock of their lives after they discovered that the hot model was married and is a father. The internet had a feel of the uproar. It was found out that Jeremy Meeks was married to a woman called Melissa Meeks. The couple got married in 2008 and remained very much in love all through Jeremy Meek’s troubles with the law.
In 2009, the couple welcomed a son together and called him Jeremy Meeks, Jr. It is noteworthy that Melissa Meeks also has two children: a boy and a girl, from her previous relationships. When Jeremy Meeks was sentenced to jail, Melisa stood by him all through that time, providing him with emotional support. It was expected that when the hot felon finally came out of jail, he would remain with Melissa forever. But this was not to be.
His Romance With Chloe Green
Jeremy Meeks’ marriage to Melissa hit the rocks when he began an affair with Chloe Green, the daughter of Philip Green, a British billionaire businessman. Reports about Meeks and Green dating emerged in June 2017 after they were both spotted kissing on a yacht in Turkey. Melissa didn’t take the news of this affair well when she heard the news, and things got rough between her and Jeremy.
Melissa got so devastated over being jilted by her husband that she suffered a miscarriage. However, Jeremy did not slow down his romance with Chloe Green at all, and in early 2018, it was reported that Green was pregnant with a boy. Jeremy Meeks was head over heels in love and kept posting photos and videos of himself and Chloe on Instagram.
Meeks and Chloe Green finally welcomed their son called Jayden Meeks-Green on May 29, 2018. Eventually, Jeremy Meeks and Melissa finalized their divorce in June 2018. Meeks continued his romance with Chloe Green, and Melissa got on with her life. Interestingly, it was reported that Melissa celebrated her divorce party at Crazy Horse III, a popular strip club in Las Vegas.
However, in a turn of events, Jeremy Meeks and Chloe were reported to have broken up in August 2019. It was also disclosed that the couple had sold off their joint London home. At the moment, it is not certain who the hot felon is dating; albeit, rumors are linking him to actress Erica Peeples.