Paevey was born in Torrance, California and was raised in Los Angeles as the son of Les Vlieger and Linda Paevey. He has a younger sister Kaitlyn, with whom he is very close. Paevey ran track and cross country in high school. His hobbies include video games, surfing—which he did with his dad as a child—and cooking, and his favorite food is sushi. Peavey makes jewelry in his spare time. Paevey can speak some French and Japanese and can read Japanese. Paevey is of Dutch and Indonesian ancestry on his father's side. Paevey is a self-proclaimed "nature boy. " Paevey also briefly lived in Harlem.