Michael Gordon Clifford was born in Sydney, Australia on November 20, 1995. He is the only child of his parents Karen and Daryl Clifford and was raised in Australia. He holds an Australian nationality and is of mixed ethnicity. While he was growing up, Michael attended Norwest Christian College where he met his fellow bandmates Calum and Luke. They hosted and played in several shows while at the College. Following his overwhelming interest in music, Michael didn’t complete his education in a bid to pursue a career in music.
Michael didn't develop a true interest in music until his parents bought him the video game Guitar Hero. He discovered that he had skill with the game and decided to take to serious guitar playing, soon becoming skilled in playing the instrument.
On 16 April, Michael is introduced on Luke's YouTube Channel. He, along with Calum announce that the three of them have started a band named 5 Seconds of Summer and invite their viewers to like and share their new Facebook page.
On 4 June, Michael, Luke and Calum post a cover of I Miss You by Blink 182, with Michael playing the drums. On 24 June, Michael and Luke post a cover of If It Means A Lot To You by A Day To Remember, with Michael playing guitar.
In November Michael joined Twitter, but didn't tweet anything until December.
In December, the band books their gig at Sydney's Annandale Hotel and realise that they probably need a drummer. Michael contacts Ashton via Facebook and asks him if he wants to join the band as their drummer. Michael messaged Ashton a 2am one morning and asked “Just wondering if you wanted to come hang out sometime and play a show with my band but mainly hang out...”. The band plays their first gig was on 3 December.
In February, the boys post a cover of What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction, with Michael playing guitar. On 14th February, Michael and Ashton post a video thanking fans for their support and thanks those that participated in their Valentine's Day Competition.
In April, the boys begin recording their second EP Somewhere New at Studio31.
On 25 May, the boys went on their first tour, the Mini Australian Tour. Playing in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
On 6 June, the boys post a video on their YouTube Channel, thanking their fans for seeing them on the first Australian tour and to announce the release of their first EP Unplugged. On 26 June, their first EP was released.
On 21 August, the boys posted a video, updating their fans on what they had been up to. They had been writing new songs for their upcoming EP and they had their first single coming out, which they weren't supposed to tell anyone yet. Michael told their fans that they were going to be on NOVA doing some covers and maybe Hot30, both radio stations in Australia. At the end of August, the boys performed a free gig at Hyde Park in Sydney, and told their fans that they would be heading to London in less than a month's time.
On 11 September, the boys posted a video, letting their fans know that they would be the opening act for the Australian leg of Hot Chelle Rae's Whatever World Tour. On 20 September, the boys post a cover of Year 3000 by Busted, with Michael playing guitar. The boys spend 3 weeks in London, writing and developing their sound with Christian Lo Russo and Joel Chapman of Australian band Amy Meredith.
On 3 November, the boys play their First New Zealand Show, headlining in Auckland, New Zealand. On 6 November, the band was noticed by Louis Tomlinson, of One Direction, who mentioned in a tweet linking to one of their YouTube covers, saying "Been a fan of this band for a while, everyone get behind them." On 26 November, the boys release the official music video for their first single; Out of My Limit. On that same day, Niall Horan from One Direction tweeted a link to the Out of My Limit music video, significantly increasing the following of 5SOS. 
On 11 December, the boys posted a video of behind the scenes footage of their second EP Launch and announced that they going to go live in London to work on the debut album. On 19 December, the boys post their first London update video on their channel.
On 2 January, Michael dyed his hair for the first time, going from blonde to brown, he posted a picture to his Instagram. On 16 January, the boys posted a video diary of their time in London. On 27 January, Michael dyed his hair darker brown, posting a picture to his Instagram. On 30 January, the boys posted part 2 of their London video diary to their YouTube Channel, a lot of the video is of the boys playing in the snow and showing what they had been up to.
On 12 February, audio of Heartbreak Girl was posted to the bands official YouTube Channel. On 14 February, it was announced that 5 Seconds of Summer would be the supporting act for One Direction's Take Me Home Tour. On 22 February, the boys posted an official music video of Heartbreak Girl to their YouTube Channel. The video was filmed while they were in London.  On 23 February, 5SOS opened for One Direction the first time on the United Kingdom leg of their Take Me Home Tour.
On 3 March, Michael, Luke and Calum posted a spoof video of Cribs, showing off the O2 in Dublin. On 15 March, the boys post part 3 of their London Video Diary, showing them performing on the Take Me Home Tour. On 30 March, Michael dyed his hair black with a blue fringe and posted a picture to his Instagram.
ON 13 April, Michael posted a photo to his Instagram, of 5SOS and some of the boys from One Direction bonding through paintball. On 15 April, Michael dyed his fringe light blue, posting a picture on Instagram. On 30 April, 5SOS opened for One Direction the last time on the United Kingdom leg of their Take Me Home Tour.
On 3 May, Michael and the boys posted a video to their official YouTube Channel, announcing that Heartbreak Girl hit 1 million views and thanking all their fans, as this was their first video to ever hit 1 million views. Sometime in May, Michael dyed his fringe green, as seen in the Heartbreak Girl thank you video.
On 1 June, Michael and the boys posted a music video for their song Try Hard to their official YouTube Channel. On 2 June, Michael and the boys start their Pants Down Tour, a mini tour - playing in numerous cities around Australia. On 8 June, Michael and the boys finish their Pants Down Tour. On 13 June, 5SOS opened for One Direction on the United States leg of their Take Me Home Tour. On 13 June, Michael dyed his hair blonde again, but only for a day according to his Instagram post. On 20 June, a picture of Michael with purple “galaxy” colored hair was posted on his Instagram.
On 1 July, Michael posted a picture to Instagram showing that his hair had faded from purple to pink “galaxy”. On 5 July, Michael and the boys posted a video to their official YouTube Channel entitled 5SOS VS. FOOD – Round 1 (Miami), the video showed the boys taking on a food challenge at Burger and Beer Joint in Miami Beach. The boys split into two groups Michael and Calum Vs. Ashton and Luke and attempted to eat the EPIC Motherburger. Out of the two groups Michael and Calum ate the most, but neither team could finish the giant burger. On 6 July, Michael posted a picture on Instagram of himself with bleached blonde hair.
On 10 August, 5SOS opened for One Direction the last time on the United States leg of their Take Me Home Tour. On 22 August, Michael and the boys posted an end of tour video to their Official YouTube Channel, thanking their fans of the USA for all their support and hoping that they’ll be able to come back to tour for themselves, they filmed the video while in a pool. In August, Michael was seen having a dinner date with Abigail Breslin after the Teen Choice Awards.
On 23 September, the boys posted a music video for Wherever You Are to their YouTube Channel. On 23 September, 5SOS opened for One Direction on the Oceania leg of their Take Me Home Tour. On 28 September, Michael dyed his hair bright blue.
On 11 October, Michael and the boys posted part 1 of their Australia/New Zealand Tour Diary. The video showed the boys doing a gorilla gig in the park, it also showed them playing their first Sydney show, which was their first gig played in front of their parents in an arena. By mid-October, Michael's bright blue hair had faded to a light blue. On 21 October, Michael dyed his hair bright pink, posting a picture to his Instagram. On 21 October, Michael and the boys were nominated for Channel [V] OZ Artist of the Year. On 24 October, Michael and the boys posted part 1 of their LA Tour Diary to their Official YouTube Channel. The video showed the boys being dorks while touring around Los Angeles, they dressed up as superheroes and drove around Hollywood Boulevard. Michael dressed up as Spider-Man. On 30 October, 5SOS opened for One Direction the last time on the Oceania leg of their Take Me Home Tour.
On 1 November, Michael and the boys posted part 2 of their LA Tour Diary. They didn’t get to drive around Hollywood Boulevard, as they were shut down by the LA Police. The video showed other things the boys got up to in their costumes, including taking Ketchup to be properly groomed at a salon. On 8 November, the boys headed back to London to continue working on their album. By the mid-November Michael's bright pink hair had faded to a very light pink. On 11 November, Michael and the boys posted part 2 of their Australia/New Zealand Tour Diary. The video included the boys ducking out 1 minute before they were due on stage to look at a rainbow and take a photo. On 20 November, Michael and the boys celebrated Michael’s 18th birthday, by going to a karaoke bar. On 21 November, the boys announced that they were officially signed on with Capitol Records. On 24 November, Michael, Luke and Calum, posted a video thanking their fans for the 500k subscribers on their Official YouTube Channel. On 25 November, Michael and the boys hosted a twitcam, where they announced that they would be tour the UK in February/March 2014. On 26 and 27 November, Michael and the boys played two shows at KOKO in London, both shows were sold out. On 26 November, Michael debut his “reverse shunk” hair, posting a picture to his Instagram.
On 2 December, Michael and the boys posted videos of themselves describing how they met each other and their thoughts about each other, to celebrate the band’s second birthday. On 3 December, Michael and the boys hosted a google hangout to celebrate the band’s second birthday, they had so many technical difficulties with google hangout they eventually switched to twitcam. The livestream was full of balloons, music, and cake. On 7 December, the boys won Channel [V] Oz Artist of the Year Award. On 17 December, it was announced that the boys won Buzzworthy's Fan-Favorite Breakthrough Band Of 2013! On 24 December, Michael and the boys posted a video, thanking their fans for an amazing year and wishing everyone a merry Christmas and happy new year. On 26 December, Michael and the boys posted a video of them lip-syncing to Try Hard with some of their fans at their sold out London Shows at KOKO.
On 10 January, Michael and the boys arrived back in LA. On 18 January, Michael and the boys hosted a twitcam stream. On 26 January, Michael and the boys celebrated Calum’s 18th birthday. On 27 January, Michael, Luke and Ashton posted part 1 and part 2 of a birthday ambush video for Calum. On 27 January, Michael and the boys announced the name of the record company they were setting up, Hi or Hey Records.
On 2 February, Michael tweeted the name of 5SOS’s first single. On 3 February, Michael tweeted that She Looks So Perfect would available for pre-order the 5th. On 4 February, Michael posted the artwork to She Looks So Perfect to his Instagram. On 7 February, the boys posted a lyric video for She Looks So Perfect. On 8 February, Michael announced that he would be changing his hair colour the next day. On 10 February, Michael dyed his hair dark purple with a black fringe, showing it off via an Instagram post. on 11 February, Michael and the boys announce that they would be going on a week-long Radio Tour around the UK, hitting up places like Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Manchester, Liverpool, Stoke on Trent, Birmingham and Lincoln. While doing the radio tour, the boys would play an acoustic version of She Looks So Perfect. On 19 February, Michael and the boys attended The Brit Awards. Also on 19 February, Michael tweeted that 5SOS would be touring part of North America in April, naming the tour the Stars, Stripes and Maple Syrup Tour. On 23 February, the boys played their first show of their UK Tour in Glasgow. On 23 February, it was announced that the Stars, Stripes and Maple Syrup Tour was sold out, the boys were very grateful to all their fans. On 24 February, Michael tweeted a link to the She Looks So Perfect music video.
On 3 March, the boys played their last show of their UK Tour in London. On 6 March, Michael dyed his hair red and black, posting a photo to the 5SOS Instagram account. Also on 6 March, Michael and the boys posted a video announcing that they were coming to Europe for a 5 day tour. On 8 March, Michael and the boys went to a All Time Low concert. On 12 March, Michael tweeted a link to the behind the scenes video of She Looks So Perfect. On 14 March, Michael tweeted a link to another food challenge video, where the boys tried different foods from the 5 countries they were going to in Europe. On 31 March, the boys played their first show of their 5 Countries 5 Days European Tour.
On April 4, the boys played their last show of their 5 Countries 5 Days European Tour.
On 13 June, Michael's hair caught on fire during the final performance (besides the encore) of a show in London. Michael had to be rushed off stage but later tweeted a photo of him covered in bandages stating that he was sorry for not being able to complete the encore.
- Better Man
- Catch Fire
- Close As Strangers
- Empty Wallets
- End Up Here
- English Love Affair
- Good Girls
- Heartache On The Big Screen
- I Can't Remember
- Jet Black Heart
- Just Saying
- Long Way Home
- Monster Among Men
- Moving Along
- Mrs All American
- Outer Space/Carry On
- Over and Out
- Permanent Vacation
- San Francisco
- She's Kinda Hot
- She Looks So Perfect
- Social Casualty
- Talk Fast
- The Girl Who Cried Wolf
- The Only Reason
- The Space Between A Rock And A Hard Place/Catch 22
- When You Walk Away
- Wherever You Are
- Wrapped Around Your Finger
Born in Australia on 1 August 1975, Daryl is Michael's father. He ran a computer business outside Sydney. Daryl is very supportive of Michael's career. He has over 58K followers on Twitter.
Born in Australia on 7 August 1975, Karen is Michael's mother. She is very supportive of Michael's career and has been to numerous of his shows in Australia. She has over 182K followers on Instagram.
Michael has 5 known tattoos. He got three while underage and two while legal. The first tattoo he get was in 2012 when he was 16, his latest tattoo was done in 2015 when he was 19.
'To The Moon'
This was Michael's first tattoo, which he got in L.A. when he was 16. This tattoo was paid for by Liam Payne from One Direction, which Michael never got to thank him for. This tattoo is on the inner part of his left bicep and reads in cursive script “To The Moon”. Michael says this tattoo started a tattoo adventure for him.
This is Michael's second tattoo and is on Michael's right middle finger. This tattoo symbolises the game Final Fantasy 10, which is Michael's favourite game. While on tour, he would put little X's on everything and then decided that having an X would be important to him.
This was Michael's third tattoo and is on Michael's left thumb. Michael got this tattoo when his life was getting hectic and was to remind him to stay grounded and to remember what was true and important to him.
ArmbandsThis was Michael's forth tattoo and was the first legal tattoo Michael got, was quite painful to get done. Eight months after he done them done, they started to fade, so Michael had to go back and get them redone, which took five hours.
Final Fantasy Home Symbol
This is probably the most recent of Michael’s tattoos. On 13 April 2015, Clifford’s mother Karen posted this picture on her Instagram. It’s symbol from a video game called Final Fantasy 10 and it means and reminds Michael of ‘home’.
Michael is known to frequently dye his hair different colors. It all began when Michael dyed his hair brown, from his natural dark blonde color. Since then, Clifford experimented with a lot of different colors on his hair and he smashed them all.
Before Michael became famous he dated Geordie Gray, they do not deny their past relationship and sources claim that they are still good friends.
He was rumored to have an affair with Avery, who is an American musician and was also rumored that he was dating Acacia Brinley, the American model, and singer. Also, he was rumored to have hooked up with Fia Litton and Tatum Hickman.
In August 2013, Michael was seen on a dinner date with Abigail Breslin after the Teen Choice Awards show. This didn't lead anywhere, with Michael saying they “Literally we went to dinner one time” when being interviewed on Australian radio a year later. Abigail went on to release her first song, titled You Suck with lyrics suspiciously describing Michael, but she denies the song is about him and she denies that they ever dated.
On 6 January 2016, Michael posted a picture to his Instagram with Crystal Leigh when the band was holidaying in Bali, this lead many to assume that the two were dating. However, nothing was confirmed. The two spent a year of quiet dating before Michael confirmed the relationship on New Year's Eve 2017 via his Instagram. The are still going strong to this day.