Wes Bergmann is a prime example of how 15 minutes of fame can easily turn into 15 years in the blink of an eye. Since appearing on The Real World: Austin in 2005, Wes Bergmann has become a fixture on MTV. In 2006, he made his first appearance on The Challenge, and he has featured on several seasons since. In many ways, MTV fans have watched Wes grow up over the years. He has come a long way from the 19-year-old who first appeared on our TV screens. Now a family man and a fierce competitor, Wes is in his mid-30s but shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Here are 10 facts you didn’t know about Wes Bergmann.
1. He Makes Videos For His Fans On Cameo
Wes has built an incredibly impressive fanbase over the last few years, and he loves interacting with his supporters. He has now taken his ability to communicate with fans to the next level by creating a Cameo account. Cameo is a platform that enables celebrities to make personalized videos for their fans. Wes currently charges $95 per video.
2. He Kicked His Friend Out Of His Home After She Made Racially Insensitive Comments
Thanks to his time on reality TV, Wes has formed some strong friendships in real life. One of the strongest bonds he formed was with his fellow Challenge cast mate, Dee Nguyen. The two were so close that Nguyen had been living with him. However, Wes recently asked her to move out after she made some insensitive and inappropriate comments about the murder of George Floyd and the ongoing protests against police brutality.
3. He’s Happily Married
If you’re old enough to remember Wes’ time on The Real World, you probably remember that it seemed like settling down would never happen for him. However, Wes is truly a grown man these days. In 2016, he proposed to his girlfriend, Amanda Hornick, and the couple tied the knot two years later. Amanda is a yoga/fitness instructor who also loves to cook healthy meals.
4. He Has A Bachelor’s Degree
Wes was undoubtedly a party animal during his college days, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t also serious about his education. He attended Arizona State University where he graduated with honors, earning a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurial management and marketing.
5. He Has A Full-Time Job
Admit it, you’ve wondered if people who compete on The Challenge do anything else to make money. The answer, at least in Wes’ case, is yes. Even though Wes has spent nearly 20 years on reality TV, that hasn’t stopped him from having a ‘normal’ job. According to his LinkedIn profile, he has been a startup engineer at BetaBox since 2008. According to the company’s description, “BetaBlox makes startups better, faster – guaranteed.”
6. He’s Always Had An Entrepreneurial Spirit
In an interview, Wes expressed his lifelong interest in entrepreneurship, saying, “I’m really entrepreneurial. My best friend and I have been starting businesses since we were kids—from shoe shining to running lawn-mowing and car detailing businesses.”
7. He Was Raised In A Conservative Home
Wes was born and raised in the Midwest, and he comes from a fairly conservative family. Despite not being one to outwardly express his political views, it is evident that he holds some liberal opinions. For instance, he recently voiced his strong support for the Black Lives Movement.
8. He Was A Talented Athlete
Wes has had a lot of success during his time on The Challenge, which is likely due to his background in athletics and competition. He grew up playing sports and found a great deal of success. During high school, he was a state champion in both soccer and swimming.
9. He Was In A Fraternity
Every season of The Real World had ‘characters’. Wes was definitely the obnoxious frat boy during his time on the show and he certainly lived up to his role in almost every episode. However, Wes wasn’t just playing a role – while in college, he had actually joined the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi.
10. He’s A Kansas City Sports Fan
Wes was born and raised in Kansas and still resides there today. Being a native of the state, it’s no wonder he is a passionate fan of local sports. He and his wife often attend professional sporting events together and particularly love football and baseball.
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