Benji Madden (born Benjamin Levi Combs on March 11, 1979) is an American record producer, DJ and the guitarist and backup vocalist for the band Good Charlotte, he co-founded with his identical twin brother, JOEL MADDEN.
Benjamin "Benji" Madden was born in Waldorf, Maryland to a working class Irish-American family. He has an identical twin brother, Joel Madden, who sings lead in the band Good Charlotte. He has an older brother named Josh, who helps design their DCMA Collective clothing line. Madden also has a younger sister, Sarah, who was in a band called Her Daily Obsession. Madden attended La Plata High School in La Plata, Maryland. When he was sixteen years old his father, Roger Combs, left the family causing them financial hardship. Madden took up various odd jobs as a teenager to help with the family's bills. While in his early twenties, Madden changed his last name from Combs, his father's name, to his mother's maiden name, Madden.
He is currently living in Glendale, California.
In January 2008, media outlets reported that Madden and his long-time girlfriend and fiancée, Sophie Monk, had split up. In response to the rumors, Good Charlotte's rep told Us Weekly: "Benji Madden and Sophie Monk are together and very happy." However, in mid-February it was officially announced by Monk's Sydney agent, that "Sophie and Benji have officially split. The decision was mutual and they remain amicable." Only weeks later, Madden began dating Paris Hilton and soon the couple expressed their plans of marriage and kids. Break-up rumors began circulating in the media in mid-November, after Hilton reunited with her former boyfriend Stavros Niarchos in Miami. Hilton confirmed that the couple had split up in an interview with Ryan Seacrest on November 21, 2008 by saying that they are "better off as friends. We’re both working so much, I’ve been traveling, he’s been working non-stop in the studio with his brother on a new record."
Madden is an avid collector of Living Dead Dolls. In an episode of MTV Cribs he showed off his vast collection and a pet tiger, Sam. He is known for having many tattoos, including a tattoo of Ben Franklin, which covers his entire back.