Corbyn Matthew Besson (born November 25, 1998) is an American singer-songwriter and 1/5 of the band Why Don't We. He received his first guitar when he was 12 years old and quickly developed a passion for music from that moment on.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Corbyn Besson was born in Dallas, Texas to Saskia and Ray Besson. He has two younger siblings named Jordan Besson (May 3, 2000) and Ashley Mae Besson (born November 7, 2001).

Due to his father working in the military in the Air Force, him and his family-friendly moved around a lot. There were a few moves from Florida, South Dakota, and activities that Alabama before growing up in Fairfax, Virginia. He attended high school in Centreville, VA. As a toddler he sang Backstreet Boys and Michael Jackson. He was also given a lot of freedom growing up, and was allowed to climb roofs, and ride his bike alone around the neighborhood.[2]

Career[edit | edit source]

2008-2013: Early beginnings[edit | edit source]

When he was twelve he received his first electric guitar as a gift and taught himself to play. He also did sports and was interested in video games, art, and graphic design. Music wasn't yet part of his plan, but eventually begun singing through Xbox in voice chat, the anonymity making him feel safer. As he got positive feedback that ultimately led to a boost in his confidence, he started posting short covers over his Instagram. [2]

2014-present: Why Don't We[edit | edit source]

After a classmate suggested he should use the broadcasting site YouNow, he started to gain a following, and earn money. Some time when his parents discovered his interests, his dad was home and invited him to go to Williamsburg, Virginia, and bring along his guitar. He was taken to an open mic karaoke at a coffee shop and performed in front of "less than twenty people". After the experience, he became focused as a solo musician and had an official website, creating his own brand and releasing merchandise.[2] He released his first solo single "The Only One" on December 17, 2014. His next single "Marathons" was released in 2015. In his sophomore year he got signed to go on the Impact tour with other social media stars, which included his future band mates, Jack Avery and Zach Herron. Later he did another tour which was where he met Jonah Marais. He also started messaging Daniel Seavey upon watching him on American Idol.[2] On September 27, 2016, he became a part of the five-piece group, Why Don't We.

Musical style and influences[edit | edit source]

Corbyn named his mother to be his biggest influence, nudging him in the direction in music.[2]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

2018: Surgery[edit | edit source]

In 2018, the band had to postpone a concert tour because Corbyn had to undergo emergency surgery for an infection in his throat.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

He began dating YouTube influencer BeautyChickee in 2016, and held strong until about March/April of 2020. Later in January 2021, after months of constant rumors, they both confirmed through an IG story (via BeautyChickee)[3] that they had broken up, back in 2020 near the beginning of the COVID-19 quarantine and lockdown started. However, they said they are on good terms, good friends, and that they have love and respect for each other.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Title Year Album
"The Only One" 2014 Non-album single
"Marathons" 2015

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "@TheRealGrimmie is gonna win The Voice. I am calling already. Christina you better see this! I've been with you since 20k on YouTube!!"[4]
  • "I feel like poop rn"[5]
  • "I actually hate the fact that people from school see my tweets I feel like they all judge me so hard"[6]
  • "If you're "weird", good. It means you're being yourself and that's hard to find nowadays 😊"[7]
  • "Shawn is my biggest inspiration because he was a kid with a dream just like me, and he made it. So much respect. #ShawnForMMVA @ShawnMendes"[8]
  • "I'm gonna try to lucid dream tonight"[9]
  • "I had a dream that I met Justin Bieber and I shook his hand and I stuttered his name and then he was like stfu you don't even know my name"[10]
  • "Christina keeps waking up like every 45 minutes, texts me hi, and then falls back asleep 😂"[11]
  • "I don't post me and Christina's relationship and stuff on social media just to make myself look better I just really wanna show her off fr"[12]
  • "at about this time exactly two months ago me and Christina were making out on a park bench"[13]
  • "ugh Christina is perfect"[14]
  • "my whole camera roll is pictures of Christina and I need storage but I just can't get myself to delete them HELP 😂😂😂😂"[15]
  • "I hope y'all don't get annoyed bc I always tweet about Christina"[16]
  • "fun fact: i lowkey thought she was supa hot but was a loser who was scared to talk to girls so i gave it up HAHAHAHHAH"[17]
  • "i've always wanted to become a meme, and today is the day my dream comes true. i'm so thankful."[18]
  • "lowkey want a harry potter wand"[19]
  • "me, jonah, and zach's room has been so messy lately so we finally cleaned it completely and i feel like a new man"[20]
  • "Do you." — his personal motto[2]
  • "You're not a band if you don't pee together."[21]
  • "Dad! I’m your son!" — explaining how his father didn't accept his follow request yet[22]
  • "I'm just goofy. I have kind of a knowledge of science and history, so I make stupid historical references and it makes no sense to anyone but me."[2]
  • "This is rigged! This is totally rigged!"[23]
  • "reaalllyyyyy need some apple juice rn"[24]
  • @corbynbesson: "i have done nothing today what a productive day."
    @ItsOwen2017: "This is the result of his "mandate". Openly admitting he's doing nothing now as the UK edges closer to the precipice. #owen2017 #CorbynOut"
    @corbynbesson: "I think you got the wrong corbyn"
    @ItsOwen2017: "Are you not the leader of the UK Labour party Jeremy Corbyn?"
    @corbynbesson: "no i'm in a band"[25]
  • "Hell yeah! No lint here. Lint is not allowed in this club! Strict lint-free policy.[26]
  • "Keplar 452B
  • "If that woman wants to go to Ibiza, you turn into a dragon and fly that woman to ibiza"
  • "Find a man who loves you for your personality." Sep 2020
  • “There are 24,000 potatoes growing at one acre.”
  • "This one is for the ladies, for sure."--Talking about the track "Look At Me" from The Good Times and The Bad Ones [1]

Tattoos[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • He is half Dutch.
  • He stated that 90% of his family is from the Netherlands.[27]
  • Corbyn's grandmother is a piano teacher in the Netherlands and his favorite Dutch food is hagelslag.[28]
  • He has a scar on his eyebrow from when he was in third or fourth grade and he saw his crush during recess. He began running so she couldn't see him, and that moment a teacher opened one of the windows and he rammed his head in the corner of it.[29]
  • At high school in ninth grade he wanted to be cool, so he kissed a random girl. His first kiss was not great because it wasn't special.[29]
  • He went to Centerville High School.[30]
  • His mother gave him his 1st book in kindergarten about space and he taught himself to read it.[2]
  • He has a tattoo which is two stripes (he got them in Dallas, Texas).[1]
  • He posted his first singing video to Instagram when he was 14-years-old.[31]
  • His favorite type of food is Italian.[31]
  • His celebrity crush is Candice Swanepoel.[32]
  • He once sent eggplants to his band mates.[1] He considers it his best prank and sent it with the message from their song "Taking You": "Sky’s so clear when you're the view". They thought it was creepy.[2]
  • When he was two, he refused to take naps because he didn’t want to "miss out on everything".[2]
  • He is extremely interested in space and astronomy
  • He played football and placed four season of tackle but gave up due to being "pummelled" a lot.[2]
  • With the money he earned on YouNow he had a budget of three things to buy: Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell only because of the chicken quesadillas, and an iPad mini with a stand. He also invested on equipment for broadcasting.[2]
  • He hopes to one day have his own clothing line.[2]
  • He's a shoe fanatic.[2]
  • He uses three fragrances: Versace Eros, Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme, and BVLGARI.[2]
  • His favorite food is penne alla vodka and Ittalian.[2]
  • His least favorite food is sandwiches. He also dislikes squash and mushrooms.[2]
  • He likes to binge watch The Walking Dead and Stranger Things.[2]
  • His personal theme song is "Cotton-Eye Joe".[2]
  • He's good at memorizing Wi-Fi passwords and phone numbers.[2]
  • He de-stresses by listening to Frank Ocean and recollecting a happy moment in his life and the time he felt happy with his friends and about himself.[2]
  • His favorite app is VSCO.[2]
  • His favorite video game is PUBG.[2]
  • His favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because his birthday is near.[2]
  • In sixth grade he fractured his pinkie when playing kickball.[2]
  • If he wasn't a singer he'd be an astronaut or rocket engineer.[2]
  • If he was president he would make homework optional.[2]
  • His favorite animal is a cheetah because they are "elegant", "quick", and "look so dope".[2]
  • His favorite cereal is Rice Krispies with sugar on top.[2]
  • His prized possession is his Louis Vuitton backpack that he bought in Vegas.[2]
  • His dream car is a McLaren or a Porsche 911 GT3.[2]
  • He dislikes that he's skinny.[2]
  • His biggest fear is death or centipedes.[2]
  • Whenever Corbyn goes to Starbucks he uses the name Joe because they'll always misspell his name.[33]
  • He once had a left shoe which had the word "right" on it.[34]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Most Searched Questions About Why Don't We". KiddNation. March 28, 2018.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 Why Don't We: In the Limelight
  4. @corbynbesson (February 25, 2014) (Tweet).
  5. @corbynbesson (December 20, 2014) (Tweet).
  6. @corbynbesson (December 20, 2014) (Tweet).
  7. @corbynbesson (March 11, 2015) (Tweet).
  8. @corbynbesson (June 6, 2015) (Tweet).
  9. @corbynbesson (February 11, 2016) (Tweet).
  10. @corbynbesson (April 2, 2016) (Tweet).
  11. @corbynbesson (June 13, 2016) (Tweet).
  12. @corbynbesson (June 21, 2016) (Tweet).
  13. @corbynbesson (June 24, 2016) (Tweet).
  14. @corbynbesson (July 7, 2016) (Tweet).
  15. @corbynbesson (June 21, 2016) (Tweet).
  16. @corbynbesson (August 13, 2016) (Tweet).
  17. @corbynbesson (October 21, 2016) (Tweet).
  18. @corbynbesson (November 24, 2016) (Tweet).
  19. @corbynbesson (April 2, 2017) (Tweet).
  20. @corbynbesson (May 24, 2017) (Tweet).
  21. "Why Don't We Talk 'Invitation' EP & Tour Stories". TRL. November 7, 2017.
  22. "'Why Don't We' Talks Hair Styling Rituals and Stories from the Road". WiLD 94.9. August 10, 2017.
  23. "Three-Second Photo Booth Challenge w/ Why Don't We". The Late Late Show with James Corden. September 13, 2018.
  24. @corbynbesson (December 15, 2018) (Tweet).
  25. @corbynbesson (December 11, 2016) (Tweet) — via Twitter.
  26. @whydontwemusic "lint don’t belong in this club". March 21, 2019.
  27. "WHY DON'T WE describes ONE ANOTHER using THEIR OWN LYRICS 😂🔥" | INTERVIEW. October 24, 2018.
  28. "Why Don't We's DANIEL SEAVEY over daten: "If she's THE ONE for me and she's a FAN, then…" | #Fangirl". MTV Nederland. June 11, 2018.
  29. 29.0 29.1 "Why Don’t We paljastaa: "Eka suudelmani oli kamala!" 😱😘". Eka kerta. June 12, 2018.
  30. "'Why Don't We' Talks Hair Styling Rituals and Stories from the Road". WiLD 94.9. August 10, 2017.
  31. 31.0 31.1 Kotler, Hannah. "10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT CORBYN BESSON". Tigerbeat. June 3, 2018.
  32. "Mathilde & Lærke interviews Why Don't We - Rise FM Denmark". Rise FM Denmark. May 12, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  33. "Why Don't We Play Boy Band Beat Shazam & Sing Acapella". September 7, 2017.
  34. "Why Don't We - Who Knows Each Other Best?". Radio Disney. October 15, 2018.

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