Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ was born on 27 October 1983, in Adana, to Erdem and Nurten Tatlıtuğ. During an interview he has stated that his father is Albanian from the city of Pristina.He has said that he was born and raised in Adana and that his family has had a bakery business in the city for more than a hundred years.He studied at Yenice Çağ Private High School, where he excelled in basketball. Due his father’s illness, the family moved to Istanbul so that his father could receive proper treatment. In Istanbul, he joined the Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, Ülkerspor, “Fiskobirlik”, “Güney Sanayi”, “Çukurova Kulübü”, “Devlet Su İşleri” and “Tarsus Amerikan Kulübü” clubs as a professional U18 basketball player. Due to a dislocated leg, he left basketball. He graduated from Istanbul Kultur University in 2013.He married stylist Başak Dizer on 19 February 2016 at the Turkish embassy in Paris. A sculpture of Tatlıtuğ has been displayed in Madame Tussauds Istanbul.