American-born comedian and actor Branden Miller is best known for his extremely popular muse and alter ego Joanne Prada aka Joanne the Betrayer. Through his brilliant portrayal of the infamous character, Miller has gained notoriety on various social media platforms, as evidenced by his ever-growing army of loyal followers.
Although much is known about his character of “Joanne the Betrayer”, this cannot be said about Branden Miller, the mastermind behind the famous over-dramatic character who has come to love the Internet and its inhabitants so much.
Who Is Joanne The Scammer (Branden Miller)?
Brandon Miller was born in 1991 to African-American parents of Puerto Rican origin. However, he was adopted by the white couple Veronica and Buddy and grew up in Hopewell, a small town in Virginia. As an adolescent, Miller dreamed of becoming an Internet-famous entertainer like Chris Crocker. But his world collapsed when he received the shocking revelation at the age of 17 that he was actually adopted. This rude awakening left him desperate, and for a while, he tended to leave home. When Miller turned 18, he left home, and in an effort to improve his life, he pursued a career in the adult film industry.
Branden Miller’s first upload dates back to November 4, 2011, when he introduced the character Miss Prada, a transsexual singer diva, and occasional sex worker. Although quite successful, Miller found it difficult to develop the character of Miss Prada over the years, and so his job in the porn industry remained his main source of income. The talented comedian finally gave another chance for a career in social media, this time on Instagram with the character “Joanne the Cheater”, which he debuted in a short clip released on December 14, 2015.
Armed with a dirty blonde wig promising an overdose of drama and felony, Joanne the Cheater became an overnight Internet sensation, creating a defined path to fame for the budding comedian. The Instagram video became popular when it caught the attention of celebrities such as Blac Chyna and actress-model Hari Nef. Relying on his newfound success, Branden Miller quit his job in the adult film industry, as he now focuses on keeping his famous alter ego character relevantly.
In a series of humorous videos and text-based narratives, Branden Miller reports on the hyper-adventurous everyday life of the attractively melodramatic fictional character Joanne, a white woman who embodies the fluidity of the sexes and the Meme culture and earns her living by various fraudulent means. These exaggerated, wig-filled videos, tweets, and memes provide a light-hearted narrative of Joanne’s alleged life story of credit card theft, love-struck sugar daddies, and trivial lawsuits. Miller’s character Joanne the Cheater has grown into a brand and made the comedian popular with millions of social media followers. His growing circle of A-Lister supporters/friends includes Amber Rose, Katy Perry, Teyana Taylor, and Solange Knowles.
The comedian’s influential status earned him a sponsorship deal with hair and beauty mogul Anthony Cuts. In 2016 he also received a video partnership contract with the digital entertainment company Super Deluxe. As announced in December 2017, Branden Miller will be billed for his collaboration with his fellow comedian Chelsea Peretti on a television series “Joanne the Scammer”.
Is He Gay?
Brandon Miller revealed himself as gay to his family at the age of 16. Although his mother Veronica was hysterical at first, she continued to support her son. According to Miller, his first boyfriend after his coming-out was named Xavier, whom he met after he moved to Florida. However, it remains unclear whether the two are still together, as Branden leads a rather sheltered life.
More Interesting Facts About Branden
Like several other Internet sensations of his caliber, Joanne the Scammer has made some interesting additions to the Encyclopedia of Social Media. Some of his most notable catchwords include “The easiest way to be messy is to start being messy” and “Cheat today before you get cheated today”.
Interestingly, Joanne fell victim to an actual cyber scammer who gained control of his famous Twitter handle in April 2016. For someone who lives by his social media handles, a hacking attempt is definitely a terrible nightmare. Fortunately, the comedian had solved the problem in no time.
In a now-viral Instagram video, Branden Miller announced in February 2018 that he would take a break from his social media career to take care of his mother, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2017.