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Addison Rae reacts to “scary” rumors about her social media hiatus

Published: 10/Jul/2020 1:31

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Addison Rae took an unannounced hiatus from social media in wake of multiple allegations of racist behavior, prompting some fans to worry about her health — but the star has debunked any wild claims concerning her break.

Rae is one of TikTok’s most popular personalities, having once been part of the famous Hype House content collective and boasting over 49 million followers due to her viral dance videos.

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Despite her popularity across multiple platforms, the star came under fire in late June, with critics demanding she address past instances of purportedly problematic and racist behavior.

In wake of the raging claims and accusations, it seems that Rae took a moment to collect her thoughts away from social media, leading to rampant fan speculation regarding her health — with some critics even theorizing that she was pregnant (a claim that was promptly debunked by TikToker Bryce Hall).

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TikTok star Addison Rae has finally addressed the rampant speculation following her unexpected social media hiatus.

Rae was finally seen out in public on July 9, after paparazzi from the Hollywood Fix caught up with the star during a day out with her mother.

“I was just taking a break,” Rae confirmed when asked about her hiatus. “Just for a little bit. You know, a lot of people on social media — sometimes, a lot of things can get to your head. It’s important to have a mental break.”

“Those rumors were scary,” Rae continued, speaking on the speculation that surrounded her internet break. “It’s not something to joke about. For sure. It’s definitely scary.”

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Rae received massive backlash over past offenses ahead of her hiatus, which included dancing to a song that discussed eating disorders in a sponsored post and sharing a video that called the Black Lives Matter movement a “cult,” as well as liking comments that shaded Charli D’Amelio from Fall 2019.

Addison finally broke her silence on social media with a lengthy apology post regarding the Black Lives Matter video she’d shared four years prior, and promised to use her platform to become a “better ally.”

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Now, the star has finally been spotted back out and about in the world, having broken her silence regarding the backlash against her and debunking rumors regarding her decision to step back from the small screen.

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CouRage reveals why he stopped playing Fortnite

Published: 14/Oct/2020 0:28

by Virginia Glaze

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Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop was once a massive figure in the world of competitive Fortnite, but the star has stopped playing the battle royale title altogether, and he finally revealed his reasons why in an October YouTube video.

Although CouRage got his start as a caster for MLG, he became synonymous with Fortnite in 2018-2019, going on to commentate several major events for the battle royale title — including the Fortnite World Cup, which he did the play-by-play for along with fellow star streamer DrLupo.

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However, he has since stopped streaming the game altogether and has instead opted for other popular picks like Among Us and Warzone, leaving his Fortnite-centric viewers confused as to why he suddenly broke off from the title.

While CouRage has been vocal about his hatred for skill-based matchmaking for some time, he finally explained his reasons for stepping away in a YouTube video on October 13, on the heels of the Chipotle Challenger Series.

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CouRage and DrLupo cast several major Fortnite events, including the Summer Skirmish finals and the World Cup.

“Fortnite was a game that changed my life forever, and a game that kind of took my life by storm,” he began. “I fell in love with it when I played right on day number one… and now, three years, later… is something I will cherish forever.”

CouRage went on to explain that when he’d first started streaming the game, he “loved it arguably more than any game I’ve ever loved before.”

“But, like a lot of people, I believe the transition from Chapter 1 to Chapter 2… towards the end of Chapter 1, I was already falling out of love with the game,” he admitted. “It became more stressful than anything.”

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CouRage cited Fortnite’s mechs as one of the reasons that led to him falling out of love with the game, as well as its steadily-growing, competitive atmosphere.

Citing a hatred of the game’s short-lived MECH robots after the Fortnite World Cup last year, he “wanted to love the game, but wasn’t able to,” also claiming that he felt its environment had changed from mostly casual to fiercely competitive during this time.

Of course, skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) played a part in this feeling, which he said was “one of the things that completely destroyed my love for the game.”

“I think it took away the ability for you to have as much fun as you once did,” he added. “Now in these games, it’s super sweaty, every fight’s a minute long… it became more stressful than anything.”

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Although CouRage listed plenty of faults with the title as it currently stands, he made sure to express his love for Epic and hopes to work with the company for years to come, but will be shifting his content to other titles for the foreseeable future.

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Of course, Epic have already revealed their plans to do another Fortnite World Cup in 2021, and considering how popular the former OpTic Gaming star is when it comes to hosting such events, it might not be too long before we see his name tied again to the battle royale.