Brian Reynolds – Designer Betsey Johnson’s Husband


NYFW has begun but Brian Reynolds, husband of renowned fashion designer Betsey Johnson has one more reason to be super excited, his wife of 17-years will be appearing on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars!


Brian’s 72-year-old wife –who at her age still looks like a punk Pippi Longstocking –was announced to be a member of the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars, premiering Sept. 15.


Betsey Johnson grew up with a passion for dance and art. And that’s pretty much how her personal life has run as well.  67-year-old Brian became Betsey’s third husband in 1997. He owns a computer business.

Hi celebrated wife –who developed her edgy, offbeat style during the new wave/punk era of the late 1970s –has been married three times, first to Velvet Underground musician John Cale, from 1968 to 1971. She then married Jeffrey Oliviere in 1981 and, following a second divorce, she married Reynolds.

Johnson has one daughter, Lulu, born in 1975. Lulu –the daughter of a sculptor, who has never been part of her life –has modeled for her mother since age 8; she later joined her mother’s company.


The outlandish designer is also a grandmother to her daughters two girls, Layla and Ella.

Punk rock style inspired her to create fashion for a new generation. Johnson opened a boutique in New York’s Soho neighborhood, eventually followed by more than 60 stores worldwide.



Johnson was a cheerleader –this will sure come in handy in her DWTS participation –in high school, and upon graduating in 1960 she decided to pursue her interests in art and design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. But after one year at Pratt, she transferred to Syracuse University, where she proved a stellar student, graduating magna cum laude as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society in 1964.

Betsey has sure proof she has a lot more in store, the breast cancer survivor will take on her next challenge with what has distinguished her from the rest, great attitude.


Businessman Reynolds, who is 5 years her junior appeared to be Betsey’ opposite, while she would cartwheel the catwalk, instead he rather to stay off the spotlight. It’s been reported the couple is currently separated.

Betsey will be paired up with Tony Dovolani!

Find the designer on Twitter here and show the support for the couple!