In summer 2021, Maneskin, the world’s hottest new rock band, set a new world record for being the most-streamed Italian artist on Spotify. Maneskin was at #1 on the Spotify Global Top 50 Charts with Beggin and at #8 with I Wanna Be Your Slave. Who is Maneskin’s charismatic lead singer Damiano David? Who’s his girlfriend? What do his tattoos mean? Where does he live? What’s his favourite sport? Discover 17 Facts About Maneskin’s Damiano David.

Damiano David was born in Rome on 8 January 1999. His parents, Rosa Scognamiglio and Daniele David, work as flight attendants.

Damiano has an elder brother named Jacopo who looks very much like him.

Damiano attended the Liceo Linguistico Eugenio Montale in Rome, a high school that focuses on literature, classical languages (Latin, Greek), history, philosophy and English. He didn’t pass the annual exams twice and therefore dropped out after two years. He’s the only member of Maneskin who didn’t graduate from high school, but he’s the one who best knows how to play the game of press interviews today.

“I was a different person at that time,” he says. “I had short hair, I played basketball and I didn’t sing.”

Damiano has 5.1 million followers on Instagram, more than any other band member of Maneskin.

The 22-year-old singer has various tattoos, the most discussed one being “Je suis Christ” (I’m Jesus Christ in French). The biggest one is on his upper chest: Il BALLO DELLA VITA (the dance of life). It is the title of Maneskin’s first studio album which was released in autumn 2018.

In an interview with Rolling Stone Italia, Damiano said: “As a man, I’m privileged, the harassments I experience can’t be compared to the ones a woman has to endure. If I have a lot of sex, I’m a cool guy, if Vic does the same, she’s considered a b***.”

Damiano is in a relationship with Italian blogger Giorgia Soleri who has 612’000 followers on Instagram (she had 359’000 followers shortly after Maneskin won the ESC). They started dating eight years ago. On 25 April 2022, Giorgia posted a picture of them that was taken at the beginning of their relationship, when they were teenagers and went for long walks in Villa Borghese, Rome’s biggest park.

Maneskin’s frontman has never had any relationship with bassist Victoria De Angelis, but they have a special bond.

Damiano writes most of the lyrics of Maneskin’s songs, Coraline being one of the best.

When Maneskin finally began to make money, the frontman bought himself a car.

He smokes five to ten cigarettes a day.

Even though Damiano’s “cocaine scandal”, which was fake news, made the headlines after the Eurovision Song Contest, the lead singer stated that he doesn’t take any drugs. In an interview with Vogue Italia, he said: “Creativity comes from a healthy, trained and lucid mind.”

Damiano is a big fan of Italian giants AS Roma. In May 2018, he posted a picture of him, his brother Jacopo and superstar footballer Francesco Totti on Instagram.

In the Italian version of the Disney movie Cruella, Damiano voiced Jeffrey (Andrew Leong), the assistant of the Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson).

On 17 November 2021, Maneskin won the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Rock. Damiano held a brief speech at the MTV show in Budapest and said: “People usually told us that we were not going to make it with our music. I guess you were wrong.”

The 23 year-old front man recorded new songs with his band in Los Angeles in March and April 2022. According to the pictures they post on Instagram, the four artists had a really good time.

On 22 March 2022, the day Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed the Italian Parliament, Maneskin finally showed their solidarity with the Ukraine in an Instagram post in which they announced their new tour dates.


At the Coachella Festival 2022 in California, Maneskin gave a 45-minute concert. Before closing the live show with their new song Gasoline, in which they condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine, frontman Damiano David held a brief speech with a quote from The Great Dictator, one of Charlie Chaplin’s most famous movies. Damiano said: “(…) You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. (…) Let us use that power. Let us all unite. Free Ukraine. F*** Putin!”

The video of Damiano’s speech has been removed from Youtube.

Check out the new programme of Maneskin’s concert tour 2022/23, which will start in the United States on 31 October 2022.

Copyright Photos: Courtesy of EBU / Andres Putting; EBU / Thomas Hansens;

If you liked our article 17 Facts About Maneskin’s Damiano David, read our article 19 Facts About Maneskin.

[This article was first published on 14 August 2021 and updated ever since.]

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Coraline is an amazing song with dramatic and poetic lyrics written by Damiano David. At the San Remo Festival which takes place from 1 to 4 February 2022, Damiano gave a very emotional performance of Coraline. RAI, the Italian TV channel which broadcasts the festival, prohibits the upload of videos on Youtube, therefore you can only watch the amazing performance by clicking on this official RAI link.




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