Jonathan Van Ness Says Dating With ‘Queer Eye’ Fame Is a ‘Whole Pile of Complicated’

The stars of the hit Netflix series Queer Eye have become pop culture icons — and no one has received more acclaim than Jonathan Van Ness, the show’s resident “grooming expert.” Van Ness has parlayed his Queer Eye fame into a number of profitable ventures in recent years, including several popular books and a plethora of film projects. Recently, Van Ness opened up in an intimate interview, discussing what he has been up to during the COVID-19 pandemic and the setbacks that he has had in his dating life.

How did Jonathan Van Ness become famous?

Jonathan Van Ness attends the Build Series to discuss his new book "Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love" at Build Studio on September 25, 2019 in New York City.
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Van Ness was born in Illinois in 1987. As a young man, Van Dess wanted to become a hairstylist, in spite of the fact that he was born into a family of journalists and media moguls.

Van Ness went on to train at the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis. After he graduated from the Aveda Institute, he went on to work in Arizona for a number of years before ultimately moving to Los Angeles, California. 

In 2009, Van Ness landed a job at the famed Sally Hershberger Salon, where he worked with a variety of high-profile clients. Van Ness struggled with drug use for a number of years, in spite of landing his dream job, but in 2012, he was inspired to get clean.

Following his wellness journey, Van Ness began appearing in the web series Gay of Thrones. It quickly became a fan-favorite, and Van Ness received critical recognition for his sense of humor and outrageous attitude.

In 2018, Van Ness became a star when he began appearing in the Netflix revival of the series Queer Eye. He is still a vital part of the series to this day. 

Is Jonathan Van Ness single?

As Van Ness’s star rose in the entertainment business, interest in his personal life increased as well. Van Ness was last publicly linked to someone in 2018, when he was reported to be dating Wilco Froneman. Van Ness and Froneman started dating in the summer of 2018 but by the winter of the same year, they broke up, with Van Ness taking to social media to write “thank u, next.”

In general, Van Ness prefers to keep his personal life under the radar — and has been very transparent with his fans about how he values his time, both on and off the camera. These days, Van Ness is reportedly single, although, as he recently revealed to SELF, he is back in the dating game. 

What did Jonathan Van Ness recently say about dating?

In a recent interview with SELF, Van Ness opened up about his dating life, and why it is so complicated. After admitting that he has experienced a great deal of rejection in his life, Van Ness reiterated that he likes to keep that portion of his life private.

“It’s not that I will always be private about my relationships, but I just think that I need more time to kind of learn to date and be in a relationship as this public figure,” he said. “Dating’s hard enough not as a public figure, and then when you add this into it, it’s like, Well, f*** me. It is a whole pile of complicated.”

These days, Van Ness is focused on self-healing and is committed to attending regular therapy sessions.

“Once you find that therapist you can be open and honest with, hold on with both hands,” the star recommended. “The point is the healing. I don’t want to talk about the trauma. I want to talk about the healing. As a survivor of abuse, I’m not willing to retraumatize myself for someone’s story.”