Colleen Ballinger addresses “creepy” accusations from 17-year-old fan - Dexerto

Colleen Ballinger addresses “creepy” accusations from 17-year-old fan

Published: 13/May/2020 20:30 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:38

by Virginia Glaze


YouTube star Colleen Ballinger, the creator behind the online persona ‘Miranda Sings,’ has finally addressed longstanding accusations from Adam McIntyre, a 17-year-old fan who accused her of inappropriate behavior toward him.

McIntyre, who has uploaded regular videos regarding his relationship with Ballinger, came forward in an April vlog admitting that the YouTube star had sent him unused lingerie when he was 13.

The young fan also claimed that Ballinger discussed her divorce from her ex-husband with him, as well as recruited McIntyre as a sort of social media expert for her official Twitter accounts, with the promise of one day gaining an “internship” in the future.

These accusations quickly went viral across the net, and many fans were upset that Ballinger hadn’t addressed the matter, with many accusing the YouTuber of “ignoring” the damning allegations against her.

Those concerns got answered on May 12, after Ballinger uploaded a video titled “Addressing everything,” in which she responded to the outrage against old videos of herself fat-shaming another person on a plane, portraying racist caricatures, and even admitting to an instance of animal cruelty.

The final segment of her video discussed the drama surrounding McIntyre, with Ballinger explaining that she’d done an unboxing livestream for her fans during that time and had given away articles of clothing to viewers.

Known for giving away outrageous items like a “taco costume” and a “single piece of toilet paper,” Ballinger thought nothing of sending unused lingerie from the haul to her then 13-year-old fan, which was received as a funny joke by her fanbase at the time.

“Now, in hindsight, I see how completely stupid of me — I should have never sent that,” she stated. “I don’t know what part of my brain was missing at the time, that I thought, ‘Oh, this is a normal, silly thing to do.’ I should have realized and recognized how dumb that was.”

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Ballinger gave context to the lingerie gift by showing footage from the live stream where McIntyre asked for the unused underwear.

“It was never a sneaky, creepy, gross thing I did in secret,” she continued. “It was a silly, stupid mistake that now is being blown way out of proportion.”

She likewise addressed claims of not following through with her “internship” promise after receiving backlash on a social media post, admitting that she hadn’t reviewed the offending tweet “closely enough.”

The YouTuber also confessed to “oversharing” with her fans in relation to concerns of her speaking about her divorce with McIntyre, and ultimately wished him the best.

Adam’s mother has since responded to the matter via his Twitter account, clarifying that she hadn’t implied “legal action” against Ballinger for speaking up on the issue.

Adam himself has yet to respond to her video at the time of writing.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.