Popular Instagram influencer Carolin Calloway has become one of the most talked-about people on the internet seemingly overnight, after a damning article posted by a former friend, and has now responded to the ongoing backlash.
Calloway is known mainly as an 'Instagram personality', with over 790,000 followers on the platform and growing fast.
The cause of this growth is partly due to an article posted by her former friend and ghostwriter Natalie Beach, who gave an in-depth account of the pair's turbulent relationship.
It is alleged by Beach that she was ghostwriting many of Calloway's captions. Beach was also apparently "financially dependent" on her, and at one time, Calloway essentially left her homeless after taking away her summer housing.
Although the article is highly critical of Calloway, she didn't shy away from it, instead imploring both her supporters and detractors to read the article, in a showing of sympathy for Beach.
However, Calloway has now revealed that she plans to tell her own side of the story in a response article, to be posted on the same New York Magazine vertical, The Cut.
In an Instagram post on September 12, she writes: "You may not like it or think that it’s important or say that I’m manic or spiraling or melting-down. And that’s fine. You’re entitled to your opinion although I ask kindly that you go express your concern somewhere else."
She concludes by saying, "Now if you’ll excuse me I have to get back to writing my response for @thecut. Working title: “I Am Caroline Calloway.”
She had already been given forewarning that the article from Beach was coming, and had fully supported it, writing "You should read Natalie’s article when it comes out," although her team had advised her not to bring any attention to it.
Who is Caroline Calloway?
This is not the first Caroline Calloway controversy, although it is her most prolific.
First rising to fame in 2015, signing a major book deal for her memoir entitled 'AND WE WERE LIKE', published in the UK, US and France, which earned her a reported $500,000.
Her biggest controversy, perhaps until now, came in 2018, when she threw a "creativity workshop" in New York, but the event was criticized by attendees and fans who said they were not given the experience promised. Calloway refunded tickets and canceled planned tour stops for the workshop in other US cities.
Since then, Calloway has continued to grow her following on social media, but there's now questions being raised about how much of this growth is owed to her former friend.