The son of a policeman, Fred Durst was raised in
Gastonia, North Carolina, where he lived until his
teens. After high school, he returned to Jacksonville
for brief service in the United States Navy, and later
married at age 20. He and his wife had one daughter,
Adriana, but the couple was divorced soon after Durst
discovered that his wife had a s--ual affair during
their marriage. He was later incarcerated for a month
for assaulting his wife's partner. Durst was involved in
controversy upon the death of Australian teenager
Jessica Michalik who was crushed to death at the Sydney
Big Day Out concert where Limp Bizkit played in 2001.
After jail, Fred Durst spent a short while in North Carolina as a sponsored skateboarder, and later in Jacksonville as a tattoo artist. Together with Sam Rivers, Wes Borland, and John Otto, Durst formed the band Limp Bizkit in 1994. Later on, and to much derision, DJ Lethal of House Of Pain was added to the line up.
With Limp Bizkit, Fred Durst created a number of new hits, including "Faith," "Nookie," "Break Stuff", "Take A Look Around", "Rollin," and "My Generation."
Fred Durst's favorite bands are Tool, KISS, Wu Tang Clan, Blondie, Smashing Pumpkins, and Suicidal Tendencies. He has cited Maynard James Keenan, Mike Patton, and Ice Cube as main vocal inspirations.
Many original fans as of late have dropped their loyalty to Fred Durst but not always to his band Limp Bizkit. Stories of Durst have created a negative connotation and in many cases have developed an "Anti-Fred Durst movement", mostly due to the aforementioned stories and Limp Bizkit's intense popularity, which in turn has also labeled the band, and Durst, as sell-outs. Popular heavy metal website Encyclopaedia Metallum also refers to their banning process as being "Dursted", named after Durst who is considered a stigma upon heavy metal. Various musical artists have also cited their differences with Fred Durst, such as guitarist Zakk Wylde and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor.
Fred Durst is notorious for his love life. He has either dated or reported to have dated various Playboy playmates and celebrity entertainers such as Alyssa Milano, Geri Halliwell, Christina Aguilera, Naomi Campbell, Pamela Anderson, Halle Berry, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Thora Birch.
In February 2005, a three minute composite of video clips of Durst having s-- was leaked to the Internet after the video clip was taken from his computer's hard disk. The video also revealed that he had a Prince Albert piercing, although he wasn't wearing the jewelry.
Fred Durst also had a minor role in the mini-series Revelations, playing the role of Odgen, and is expected to star as a policeman in the upcoming movie 'Population 436' with Jeremy Sisto.
Fred Durst also chairs his own record label, Flawless Records, a division of Geffen Records. It has signed such bands as Puddle of Mudd, The Revolution Smile, Ringside, Staind and She Wants Revenge.
- He was a playable character in the WWF Smackdown Just Bring It game for the Playstation 2.
- From February 18th to the 23rd, 2006, Fred
cohosted the radio talk show Loveline with Drew