Celebrities Supporting the T1D Community


Raising awareness about type 1 diabetes helps improve education about the chronic illness, dispel misinformation and aid in cure research funding. The type 1 diabetes (T1D) community needs all the help it can get! Thankfully there are a handful of celebrities who are helping do just that. Check out who makes Beyond Type 1’s list for Celebrities Supporting the T1D Community.

Selena Gomez

In 2017, Jennifer Stone decided to share her T1D story with the world when she joined Beyond Type 1’s Global Ambassador Council. Teen Vogue reported that Selena helped inspire Jennifer to speak openly—the two have been friends since working as co-stars on Disney’s hit television Wizards of Waverly Place.

Ellen Degeneres

Ellen Degeneres presented Nick Jonas with a $10,000 check for his charity Beyond Type 1 on her show in May of 2016. Of course, he had to earn it with a pie to the face by none other than his brother Joe Jonas.

Ashley Tisdale

American singer Ashley Tisdale is married to musician Christopher French who lives with type 1 diabetes and has composed music for Beyond Type 1. The two attended Beyond Type 1’s Beyond LA event in 2017 to support education, advocacy and cure research. 

Willmer Valderrama 

Wilmer Valderrama, close friend of Nick Jonas, supported Beyond Type 1’s Launch Party in 2015. He’s an American actor, singer, producer, most famous for the role of Fez in the sitcom That ’70s Show and Carlos Madrigal in the series From Dusk Till Dawn.

Emma Watson

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British actress and UN Women Global Goodwill ambassador, Emma Watson, has a mother who has type 1 diabetes. In support of spreading awareness about type 1, she’s said numerous times that her mother is her role model, and that she admires her for how she is managing the condition.

Olympic Gymnasts Danell Leyva + Guilianna Pino

Olympic Gymnasts Danell Leyva and Guiilianna Pino came out to the Beyond LA event in 2017 in Hollywood, California, to support the type 1 diabetes nonprofit Beyond Type 1.

Gwyneth Paltrow

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American actress, singer and food writer, Gwyneth Paltrow, was a part of the Host Committee for the Beyond LA cocktail party, which raised funds for education and cure research for type 1 diabetes.

Jack Black

At the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards, Jack presented Nick Jonas with the Hero Award and recognized him for the role he’s played as a leader in the type 1 community. “He’s punching type 1 diabetes in the face every single day with the fist of knowledge.”

Brian Boitano

Olympic Gold Medalist Figure Skater Brian Boitano celebrates with the team at the Beyond Type 1 Launch Party in 2015.

Jonathan Tucker 

An American film and television actor known for his roles in the films The Virgin Suicides (1999), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Hostage (2003), In the Valley of Elah (2007) and Ruins (2008). For three seasons, Jonathan and Nick Jonas co-starred as brothers in the television drama Kingdom. Jonathan attended the launch party of Beyond Type 1 in San Francisco to support the nonprofit.


Sean Penn

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In 2017, Beyond Type 1 partnered with J/P Haitian Relief Organization, a nonprofit organization founded by the American actor Sean Penn in response to the 2012 earthquake in Haiti.

Sean Parker

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Sean Parker, known as the co-founder of Napster and first president of Facebook, is the founder and chairman of the Parker Foundation, which focuses on life sciences, global public health and civic engagement. He and his wife Alexandra were part of the host committee for the Beyond LA cocktail party and the Parker Foundation was a lead sponsor.

Gela Taylor

Gela Taylor is an American fashion designer and former actress. With Pamela Skaist-Levyco, she co-founded the American brand Juicy Couture. She was on the Host Committee at the 2017 Beyond LA cocktail party.

Robert DeNiro

Robert DiNero’s granddaughter Ella (pictured here) has type 1 diabetes. He’s helped spread awareness by wearing the Beyond Type 1 drop hat.

Naomi Campbell

English model and actress Naomi Campbell supports Ella DeNiro, Robert DeNiro’s granddaughter who has type 1 diabetes.

David Blaine

American magician, illusionist and endurance artist David Blane attended Beyond Type 1’s Hamptons fundraiser in 2015 to support the charity.

Axel Monsoor

LA-based singer/songwriter, Axel Monsoor attended Beyond LA cocktail party and the LA documentary screening of Bike Beyond

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WRITTEN BY Michelle Boise, POSTED 01/01/18, UPDATED 10/20/22

Michelle believes that a single story has the ability to reshape the world. She has a BA in English literature and Spanish and a MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. As a writer, editor and content guru, she's worked on both literary magazines and e-commerce platforms. Before joining the Beyond Type 1 team, she developed health-conscious articles for Fitbit.