Vivian Fernandes, better known by his stage name Divine, is an Indian rapper from Mumbai, India. He went to St. John The Evangelist school Marol. He began his career as an underground rapper in 2011 and gained popularity after his single ‘Yeh Mera Bombay’. He obtained mainstream success following his song ‘Mere Gully Mein’ featuring fellow Mumbai rapper Naezy, his solo single ‘Jungli Sher’ and the electronic music collaboration with Nucleya a successful Indian DJ and Producer, the track is called ‘Scene Kya Hai’.
Vivian Fernandes, better known by his stage name DIVINE, is an Indian rapper from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. He started to gain popularity after the release of his song Yeh Mera Bombay. He broke through with the release of his song Mere Gully Mein featuring fellow Mumbai rapper Naezy.
|Real Name||Vivian Fernandes|
|Famous For||Being portrayed by Ranveer Singh in the film ‘Gully Boy’ (2019)|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 168 cm
in meters– 1.68 m
in feet inches– 5’ 6”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms– 60 kg
in pounds– 132 lbs
|Body Measurements (approx.)||– Chest: 40 inches
– Waist: 30 inches
– Biceps: 14 inches
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Date of Birth||2 October 1990|
|Age (as in 2018)||28 Years|
|Birthplace||Andheri, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Libra|
|Hometown||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|School||St. John the Evangelist High School, Marol Andheri, Mumbai|
|College/University||R.D. National College, Mumbai|
|Address||He lives in the chawl area of J. B. Nagar in Andheri, Mumbai|
|Favourite Singer/Rapper(s)||Michael Jackson, Eminem, 50 Cent, Bob Marley, Jay-Z, Lecrae, TuPac, Nas, Stormzy, Chance The Rapper|
|Favourite Song(s)||• “Changes” by Tu Pac
• “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar
|Favourite Album(s)||• Illmatic by Nas
• Me Against the World by Tupac
• Straight Outta Compton by NWA
|Favourite Hi-Hop Producer(s)||Dr Dre, DJ Premier, Pharrell Williams|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Vivian Fernandes
- Divine hails from a lower-middle-class orthodox Christian family and was brought up in the chawls of J. B Nagar in Andheri in Mumbai.
- He was raised in a broken family; as his abusive father left the family, after which his mother moved to Qatar for her family’s livelihood, leaving him and his elder brother at their grandmother’s house.
- From 14 onwards, he started leading a lonely life; as his elder brother also moved to Qatar to support his mother.
- His life took a new turn when he saw a guy wearing a t-shirt with an image of ’50 Cent’ imprinted on it, which caught Divine’s attention. Moreover, his friend also gave him a CD of songs by Eminem and 50 Cent. Thereafter, he regularly used hear the tracks after coming back from his school; which ignited his interest in rap music.
- When he was in 11th standard, he started writing rap songs. In those days, he used to write for more than 5 hours to make a perfect verse.
- In his school days, he used to accompany his mother to a church in Marol, where he used to practice rap music in divinity and peace. From then onwards, he started calling himself “Divine.”
- Initially, he used to do rapping in English, but sooner he realised, he should embrace Hindi, the language that comes so naturally to him.
- In his college, he joined a hip-hop group named ‘Mumbai’s Finest,’ where he learned the rapping skills from a rapper named, Ace.
- When he passed out from college, his mother gifted him a computer and a microphone.
- He filmed his first song “Coming For You” with a Nokia N8 phone.
- He released his debut track “Yeh Mera Bombay” in 2013, which was an instant hit among the Mumbaikars.