The Island Boys, twin brothers Franky and Alex Venegas, catapulted to fame with their viral TikTok song “I’m an Island Boy” in October 2021. Their distinctive style, complete with face tattoos, grills, and unique hairstyles, captured the internet’s attention, leading to millions of social media followers. However, the journey since then has been a rollercoaster of controversies, legal troubles, and unconventional career choices.
Troubled Childhood and Family Life
Raised in Florida by a single mother after losing their father at a young age, the brothers had a tumultuous childhood marked by legal issues. They were involved in burglaries, car thefts, and drug charges, leading to multiple stints in juvenile detention. Despite these challenges, they cared for their mother after gaining fame, with Alex buying her an apartment and a car, and even providing $10,000 for her to start a business.
Backlash and Limited Musical Success
The rise to fame was not without its pitfalls. The Island Boys faced significant mockery, including being booed at their first major live performance at Club Liv in Miami. Their music, while viral, did not translate into chart success, and they have not released any official albums as a group. Their individual projects, “17” by Kodiyakredd and “Trendsetters” by Flyysoulja, also failed to gain momentum.
Financially, the Island Boys have had their ups and downs. Despite an estimated net worth between $500,000 and $2 million, their former manager claimed they were broke and owed him money. Their lavish spending habits, including expensive jewelry and designer clothes, have likely contributed to their financial downfall.
In 2022, their home was raided in connection with a murder investigation involving a childhood friend, Andrew James Thomas. While the brothers were not implicated in the crime, the incident added to their controversial image.
Venturing into Adult Entertainment
Perhaps the most shocking turn in their post-fame life is their venture into adult entertainment. The brothers have created steamy content on OnlyFans, including videos of them kissing, which sparked accusations of incest. Flyysoulja’s coming out as gay did little to quell the controversy. Despite the backlash, Flyysoulja claimed their mother was supportive, as their ventures allowed them to provide for her. The boys are also on Cameo, selling shoutouts to fans for $65.00.
Their personal lives have also been tumultuous. Franky was arrested in 2023 for domestic battery, and both have been involved in feuds with other influencers, including Logan and Jake Paul.