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David Dobrik explains why he can’t leave the USA

Published: 13/Nov/2019 12:27

by Jacob Hale

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YouTube star David Dobrik has opened up about a number of personal topics in a fresh Q&A session with fans, explaining the reason why he’s not allowed to leave the USA. 

Dobrik has been the man of the hour in the YouTube world, arguably one of the platform’s biggest creators throughout 2019 with his high-energy hijinks and a manic group of friends, known as the Vlog Squad, building off the back of each other’s success.

But, the 23-year-old likely owes much of his success to his move to America when he was six years old. Originally headed to Chicago, Illinois, from small European country Slovakia, Dobrik later ventured out to the sunny heights of Los Angeles, California to find success on Vine and YouTube.

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In a video with GQ – published on November 12 – Dobrik went undercover on Reddit, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram to answer fans’ questions and talk a little about his life currently.

Among questions about his smile, rumors that he is dating his assistant Natalie and how he met child acting star Josh Peck, Dobrik also spoke about why he’s not allowed to leave America – and the consequences if he does.

“I can’t leave because I’m protected by DACA and basically I can leave, I can go right now but I can’t come back. I can’t re-enter the country for, like, another 10 years if I leave the country. So I’m not a citizen. I don’t have a visa.”

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Following up, Dobrik continued: “The only thing I can do where I can leave the country and come back is if I get married. But Natalie and I are not engaged so that’s not happening anytime soon, but who knows fingers crossed.”

As is common with a lot of countries’ immigration laws, marrying a legal citizen is one way that you can get a visa to live in the United States. However, Dobrik doesn’t have to worry about that right now, with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) providing him legal residence and a work permit as he was brought to the country as a child, not an adult.

Interestingly, Dobrik married his best friend Jason Nash’s mother, Lorraine, earlier in the year as part of a prank, so there was definitely an opportunity for him to obtain legal status. Based on this video, though, we would guess that he did not take advantage of that opportunity.

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It’s unlikely that David Dobrik will ever need to leave the United States, given the insane success he is seeing on YouTube – but it would make sense that he might seek out the luxury to move freely around the world at some point.

Having later responded to the rumors running riot that he is dating his assistant, Natalie Noel (spoiler: they’re still just friends), it seems citizenship-by-marriage may not be in Dobrik’s immediate future.

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Who is Granny? The rising Twitch star who streams as a grandma

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:45 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 23:46

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch is home to some pretty outlandish personalities, but none may be as unique as the rising streamer known only as Granny.

Dressed in a bright white wig, oversized glasses, and attire that you could have sworn you’ve seen the elderly wear, Granny takes the character to the extreme.

If you thought the outfit or persona was the limit of the character, think again. Just like how Dr Disrespect streams from his legendary “arena,” Granny has her own broadcast center of sorts.

From Granny’s house to Twitch

Her streams begin, amusingly enough, with an old house in a green meadow surrounded by rainbows, flowers and chirping birds.

Twitch streamer Granny begins a broadcast.
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Granny begins her streams in a pink house surrounded by rainbows.

After introducing herself, talking to viewers from inside the big pink home that looks like it’s ripped from either Lord of the Rings or Teletubbies, the gameplay kicks off.

What makes Granny’s choice of games so hilarious is that she’s made a habit of streaming titles such as Dead by Daylight, which are the complete opposite of the happy-go-lucky nature of the intro.

Fans are absolutely loving it. Since starting the stream, Granny has amassed nearly 30,000 followers and is growing on other platforms such as YouTube.

Climbing the Twitch ranks

Speaking with Dexerto, the entertainer refused to break character, further, cementing the concept that this was a grandma streaming on the Amazon-owned platform.

Granny claims it all began when she was working for a finance firm in New York City for three years and was beginning to feel worn out.

“Right around that time, Red Dead Redemption 2 came out and I found a huge comfort being immersed in that world while I took time to recover and figure out my next steps,” the streamer explained.

“When Red Dead Online was released I started to make friends on the proximity voice chat and they told me I should try my hand at streaming. In February 2019 I moved to New Zealand to go all-in on starting a Twitch channel, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.”

That said, she does have plans to return to New York at some point in 2021, so fans should be sure to be on the lookout for that.

While the climb up the Twitch ranks has been a journey since it first began in January of 2019, the streamer does have a few favorite moments.

 

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“A couple of exciting milestones along the way have been Trixie Mattel and TPAIN discovering the stream,” she happily noted. “They love joining in now and again to help repair the ice cream machines in Dead By Daylight.”

Going into 2021, Granny is definitely going to be one of the streamers to watch out for, especially if she continues to get noticed by some larger members of the community.