Germán Alejandro Garmendia Aranis is a Chilean YouTuber, singer-songwriter, comedian and writer. He became famous for his YouTube channel HolaSoyGerman, in which he uploaded humorous videos about everyday situations. His other YouTube channel with the most subscribers is his gameplay channel, JuegaGerman. It is the second-most subscribed channel in the Spanish language, behind Argentine channel El Reino Infantil. He is the most-subscribed YouTuber in Chile.
In 2016 he became the first YouTuber to receive two Diamond plaques and outside his YouTube career, he formed a musical band called Ancud with his brother Diego in April, and also released several songs in his solo career. In the same month, he released his first book, #ChupaElPerro. Another book, Di Hola, was released in 2018.
German has received praise for his YouTube channels. In the MTV Millennial Awards, he won the Digital Icon and Master Gamer categories in 2014 and 2016, respectively. German was listed as one of the biggest YouTube stars by The Washington Post, one of the most popular by BBC, and one of the most influential in Time magazine.
Germán Alejandro Garmendia Aranis was born on 25 April 1990 in Copiapó, Chile, and lived there until he was 12 years old. When he was three, his father, Germán Luis Garmendia, died in a car crash on Christmas Eve. After the death of his father, Garmendia, his mother Cecilia del Carmen Aranis, and his brother Diego, traveled across the country until they settled in Los Vilos, a coastal city located to the north of Santiago, where he lived much of his adolescent life. In that town he met his first love, to whom he dedicated a song called “Para Ti”. He had originally planned to study civil engineering.
Garmendia and his brother formed a band called Zudex with some of his friends when he was 13. In addition, he started uploading videos of his band to YouTube in 2006. German, who was the lead singer of the group, made several presentations in youth festivals and schools together with Diego, and released three EPs: Hecho en Casa (2006), Mil Sueño (2008), and Rande Rande (2009). In the early 2010s, he performed as the vocalist of his group Feeling Every Sunset.
In August 2020 he was nominated in the Favorite Gamer category of the Kids’ Choice Awards Mexico, and in November he won The Donato. In October 2021, the Eliot Awards awarded him the “Legend Award” due to his long career on YouTube.
Garmendia during his life lived in Mexico City and Los Angeles. He was a vegetarian for ethical reasons from 2015 to 2017. In 2015, he ended his relationship with Mexican celebrity Allison Smith and returned to Chile. On 29 May 2016 he uploaded a video entitled Mi novia , he revealed his relationship with Lenay Chantelle Olsen, also known as Lele.
In a video from 21 November 2016, titled Mi Historia de Bullying , he spoke about the bullying that he suffered because of his thinness. In March 2017, during his stay in Mexico, Garmendia uploaded the video This has to stop … please, in which he talks about all the harassment he and Olsen had received from some fans.
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