• Kelsey Henson is a model, social media star, and wife to Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
• She grew up in Edmonton, and attended the University of Alberta
• She has a successful career as a building operator and a health & safety administrator
• She enjoys working out and has a strict diet, and is an Instagram star with around 450,000 followers
• She married Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson in 2018, and they welcomed a son in 2020
Who is Kelsey Henson?
Kelsey Henson was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on 4 March 1990 – her zodiac sign is Pisces and she holds Canadian nationality. She’s a model and a social media star, but who’s probably known best for being the wife of Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, a popular Icelandic actor and strongman.
Early life and education
Kelsey was raised in Edmonton alongside her sister Kathleen by their parents, about whom nothing is known as they prefer to be left out of media. Kathleen has become a professional photographer, working mostly in her hometown.
Kelsey grew up dreaming about becoming either a popular actress or a model, but was urged by her parents to focus on her education.
She played various sports while attending a local high school, including soccer and tennis, and it was during her final year that she was noticed by a modelling scout, and so got to launch her career. Upon matriculating in 2008, she enrolled at the University of Alberta, from which she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 2012.
Kelsey has worked various jobs since graduating. She first ventured into the field of financial services working strictly in Alberta, and following this, she joined the Suncor Base Plant in Fort McMurray as a junior safety adviser and a project administrator. She quit when invited to work at Guthrie Mechanical Services Ltd as a building operator.
The year 2017 saw her work at Tervita Corporation as a field services administrator, then she became a member of the Alberta Construction Safety Association as a Health & Safety Administrator (HSA), and a National Construction Safety Officer (HCSO).
She’s an Instagram star with around 450,000 followers, while she has uploaded around 700 pictures, most of which feature her slim figure and have been taken during her workout routines. In her pictures, Kelsey often gives advice to her fans regarding working out and dieting. She launched her Twitter account in February 2014, and is followed by only around 300 people as she hasn’t been active since 2018. Kelsey has a Facebook page followed by around 2,700 people, as well as a TikTok account followed by around 800 people, while she’s gathered close to 16,000 likes of all her videos combined.
Love life and marriage with Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
Kelsey met Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson at the Earl’s Kitchen + Bar restaurant during his visit to Fort McMurray. She served him drinks and food, and soon learned that he was there to attend a Strongman competition. It was in 2017 that the two started dating, and they announced on 21 October 2018 that they had exchanged vows in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family members. Kelsey gave birth to their son on 26 September 2020, and as of April 2021, the family of three seems to be leading a happy life together in Iceland.
Kelsey hasn’t spoken about any other men whom she has been with, while it’s known that Hafþór was once in a relationship with the non-celebrity Thelma Björk Steimann who gave birth to their daughter, while it was revealed in 2019 that Hafþór hadn’t seen his daughter for three years.
He was also in a relationship with Andrea Sif Jónsdóttir – they met at a gym and lived together for some time.
Hafþór has been accused of domestic violence by three of his former girlfriends, while the mother of his child Thelma Björk Steimann has stated in an interview that she feared for her life while living with him.
Hobbies and other interests
Kelsey’s main focus is on working out, and she has multiple training sessions at the gym each week, thus her fit body. She’s also following a very strict diet, and avoids eating anything with sugar in it, while some of her favorite foods include rice with vegetables, fish and cooked potatoes.
She’s a fan of tattoos, and has a large one on her right arm.
Kelsey enjoys spending time with her newborn son, and has uploaded numerous pictures featuring him and her husband onto her Instagram account.
Summer was her favorite season, before she came to Iceland and fell in love with its cold and cloudy climate. Kelsey knows both how to ski and snowboard.
In her spare time which is usually late at night, she enjoys watching movies starring her favorite actor and actress Robert De Niro and Natalie Portman, such as “The Sleepers”, “The Irishman” and “V for Vendetta”.
Age, height and net worth
Kelsey’s age is 31. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) and she weighs around 100lbs (46kgs). As of April 2021, her and Hafþór’s shared net worth has been estimated at over $2 million.
Who is Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson?
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 26 November 1988 – his zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he holds Icelandic nationality. He was the first man to win World’s Strongest Man, Europe’s Strongest Man and the Arnold Strongman Classic competitions all in one year.
He was raised in Reykjavik by his father Björn who’s 6ft 8ins (2.03m) tall, and his mother Ragnheiður who’s also very tall. He began working out while attending a local high school, and in 2004 aged 16, Hafþór launched his career as a basketball player, when he joined the club Breiðablik. The following year saw him join FSu Selfoss, but he then broke a bone in his ankle and underwent surgery to fix it. In 2006, he moved to the club KR, but a year later returned to FSu Selfoss.
It was in 2008 that he met the strongman Magnús Ver Magnússon, who inspired him to become a strongman himself, and in 2010, Hafþór won various strongman competitions organized in Iceland including Iceland’s Strongest Viking, and Strongest Man in Iceland. In November 2010, he ranked second at the Jon Pall Sigmarsson Classic, and in January 2015 at the World’s Strongest Viking contest organized in Norway, he broke a thousand years old record by carrying a 1,430lbs (650kgs) and 33ft (10m) long log for five steps. Most recently, on 2 May 2020, he broke the world record by deadlifting 1,105lbs (501kgs).
He has openly talked about using steroids.
Hafþór’s also an actor who’s probably known best for his portrayal of Ser Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane in the critically acclaimed action adventure series “Game of Thrones”, created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and which starred Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington. It follows nine families who are battling to control the lands of Westeros, aired from 2011 to 2019, and won 378 awards including a Golden Globe, while it was nominated for 616 other awards. In 2017, he played Mongkut in the American martial arts movie “Kickboxer: Retaliation”.
He’s a fan of tattoos, and has several tattooed on various parts of his body.
Hafþór was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy in March 2017; it’s a facial paralyses, which marks an inability to control his facial muscles.
He’s the Icelandic ambassador of the manufacturing company SodaStream International Ltd., and in 2016, Hafþór co-launched the alcoholic beverage brand Icelandic Mountain Vodka, which also makes gin.