Surprise! ‘Rich Men’ Singer Oliver Anthony Is Married, With Children
Oliver Anthony, family man? The "Rich Men of North Richmond" singer (real name Christopher Lunsford) is allowing a glimpse into his personal life and shares that it's not just the three dogs that live with him in a camper in Virginia.
Anthony has a wife and two kids, with another on the way. However, it's not all good cheer and smiles in Lunsfordland.
- The music video for "Rich Men North or Richmond" has passed 46 million views on YouTube.
- Anthony has performed live three times since his viral fame, with five more shows scheduled for September and October.
- Last Monday (Aug. 21), his song debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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Who Is Oliver Anthony's Wife?
Interviews with Anthony have been scarce, but after a show last week in Virginia, he talked to the Free Press, an L.A.-based media company founded by former New York Times culture writer Bari Weiss. The full article is behind a paywall, but reveals a bit about the singer's family life, including that he's married with kids. The New York Post adds that his wife's name is Tiffany.
Small details like this help round out the personality of a thus-far enigmatic character. With "Rich Men ..." Anthony seemingly appeared out of nowhere, even though he'd been writing and recording music for several years.
These new details also add a small amount of context to his passion for children and treating children properly, as displayed in the "minors" lyrics of his song, and in video conversations that followed.
The meat of the Free Press profile focuses on his life before fame. Anthony says he felt his body was so broken that he began recording his songs as a way to have his legacy after an inevitable death. At 31 years old, he's lived a hard life that included a job in a North Carolina paper mill and a skull fracture in 2013. Drinking and marijuana further eroded his quality of life, he says. This all stemmed from, or led to, a crippling depression.
The family still lives in a 27-foot camper with a tarp on the roof, although it sounds as if the land it sits on is paid off.