Born in London, James Kennedy joined the cast of Vanderpump Rules during season 3 in 2015 when he started working as a busser at SUR. As the series continued, he became a DJ, working at several of Lisa Vanderpump‘s restaurants despite being fired more than once.
In July 2020, Kennedy announced that he celebrated one year of sobriety after struggling with substance abuse issues for years.
Kennedy previously dated Kristen Doute and was later linked to Lala Kent. He started dating Raquel Leviss in 2016. Five years later, they got engaged while filming season 9 of Vanderpump Rules in a Coachella-themed proposal.
Leviss and Kennedy announced their split in December 2021, seven months after he popped the question.