Bella Poarch competes with Charli D'Amelio for title of 'TikTok queen’ - Dexerto
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Bella Poarch competes with Charli D’Amelio for title of ‘TikTok queen’

Published: 29/Sep/2020 19:40

by Virginia Glaze

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Charli D’Amelio currently reigns as the undisputed “queen of TikTok,” standing as the app’s most-followed account with over 89 million followers — but there could be another star waiting in the wings to overtake her.

Charli D’Amelio skyrocketed to TikTok fame in March of this year, overtaking long-time queen Loren Gray in followers to become one of the internet’s most viral superstars in history.

Getting her own podcast with sister Dixie, her very own drink at Dunkin’ Donuts, and even her own hoodie collaboration with Hollister, it seems that the youngest D’Amelio is swimming in success — but her viral fame could be contested in a huge way.

Bella Poarch is another TikToker who has quickly become a massive face online, garnering worldwide attention in September after her video lipsyncing to Millie’s ‘M to the B’ broke the record for most likes on the platform.

@bellapoarchTo the ? ? ? ##fyp♬ M to the B – Millie B

Viewers were instantly skeptical of why she’d gotten so much attention, with some even accusing her of being an “industry plant” — but that’s not the end of her social media stardom, by far.

It seems that Poarch has even gone on to surpass Charli in views, earning nearly twice the amount of views over her as shown by their stats, reported by journalist Chris Stokel-Walker: 48.1 million to 27.3 million.

That’s not all; Poarch doesn’t even have nearly the amount of videos that Charli has, only having uploaded 83 at the time of writing compared to Charli’s stout 1,500.

While both creators offer different content — Bella becoming famous for lip syncing and Charli gaining notoriety for dancing — some onlookers are getting antsy that this could mean a swift defeat for the current queen of TikTok.

However, Charli’s fanbase is large and vocal, and it seems that Poarch’s content has become a subject of division online, with many failing to understand how her seemingly simple lipsyncing video could get so many likes (just check the comments on the original TikTok).

For now, Poarch is sitting at 30 million followers, while Charli is consistently working her way up to 90 million. Where the race will go, we have yet to see; but it’s making for a very interesting game for onlookers, in the meantime.

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TikTok Star Zoe Laverne admits she “caught feelings” for underage fan

Published: 29/Oct/2020 12:10

by Alice Hearing

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TikToker Zoe Laverne has spoken out after facing a huge backlash from multiple leaked videos showing her allegedly kissing an underage fan.

Earlier this week a video surfaced online showing 19-year-old Zoe and a 13-year-old called Connor exchanging a kiss, confirming previous accusations from ex-boyfriend Cody Orlove and Amber VanPelt.

In the days before, leaked Instagram messages showed that Cody and Amber raised concerns over “very intense” interactions with Connor. Zoe had previously denied allegations of a relationship with an underage influencer.

Despite leaving Instagram in September following a lip-syncing controversy, Zoe appears to have created, and now runs, a fandom Instagram account called “zlpfandom2.0.” Shortly after the videos leaked, she explained via the account that she would be taking a break from social media, but did not address the issue.

TikTok star Zoe Laverne
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Zoe explained that she and Connor have separated

Her mom, however, did come online to share her thoughts and defended Zoe’s relationship with Connor, saying “Anybody can reach over and kiss somebody. They’re best friends.”

On October 28, Zoe finally addressed the videos on the fandom Instagram account.  She wrote, “I would like to say I am aware of what was leaked.. but Connor was not raped, etc. Connor and I kissed yes.. never had a relationship but we did catch feelings for each other after being so close. These videos were from months ago and we both realized it was wrong and we both cut it off.”

 

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She explained that she understood the ramifications of her actions, adding, “before anything was leaked I did tell his mom we kissed. She wasn’t happy obviously but she understood that we are both teenagers and that feelings can be caught.

“I am aware that I am an adult and I am aware that I have done something wrong and I am very sorry for what I have done. Connor and I will [livestream] together as soon as this all calms down and explain ourselves.”

She also confirmed that the situation has been settled and the two have separated. “Connor and I have had no communication for 3 days now. We are still friends but we think it’s best to stop talking and work on each other’s mental health and spend time with our families”

Despite the very serious controversy, Zoe’s TikTok account continues to grow above 17 million followers.