Ty Pennington was born on October 19, 1965, in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 17, he was diagnosed with ADHD and during the previous years of his life, it made life hard for him.
While speaking with Access Hollywood, Pennington explained that he was “out of control” as a child. He was asked to change schools seven times. He only started improving after Doctors gave him antihistamines and ADHD medication in college.
“I didn’t care so much about the grades, I just knew I was frustrated and then when I went to see the doctor, I wasn’t stoked about being told I had a mental disorder and needed medication,” he said.
“As a teenager, you don’t want to hear that. But once I started, the first thing I noticed was that I started reading the soccer game and noticed where players were and saw it differently.
“Suddenly, I’m where I need to be and you start scoring goals and it all comes together. It’s just because the lens that was dirty and unfocused finally got focused.”
He still talks about his medications now and his mother is so proud of how he turned out.
Ty’s television career started when he joined the popular BBC program Trading Spaces in 2000.
He went on to release a book named Ty’s Tricks: Home Repair Secrets Plus Cheap and Easy Projects to Transform Any Room. It was a success and ended up on the New York Times bestseller list.
Ty Pennington got his breakthrough after the world got to know about his popular project, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
“I wanted to make a wish of theirs come true. So we got to playing around with different ideas. The company came up with building a house in seven days with six or seven designers, and then chaos ensued,” Ty recalled.
“But that’s what’s great about the show: It kind of creates itself. While the original show they’d planned was more about the chaos of building a house, it evolved into what it is now, which is the type of show where everybody gets involved. It is phenomenal. It’s the greatest job I think I’ll ever have.”
Ty’s career was moving very well but his social life suffered as he barely had time for other aspects of his life.
He told The Atlanta Constitution in 2019, “I didn’t see family or a girlfriend for 10 years. I would come home to do laundry and go out again. When I was people from the old TV show, they said ’My God! You look amazing!’ I got some sleep! I would imagine I look a lot better than when I was on the show.”
He later settled down with his beautiful fiancee Kellee Merrell, 33.
He popped the question earlier this year and Pennington posted a picture of the couple’s hands, with his fiancee showing off a large teardrop-shaped diamond.
“It’s the ‘yes’ for me..,” the caption read.
Pennington told People, “I have admired Kellee from afar for years. She’s a beautiful person inside and out. Luckily our paths finally crossed at the right time. It’s one of those things where you just feel happy being around a person. I never thought I would get married, but she changed that. Glad I waited for the one.”