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Loren Gray explains why she “appreciates” hate messages in her DMs

Published: 21/May/2020 23:13

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Loren Gray is a massive presence on the platform, once hailed as the site’s most-followed creator — but being a social media celeb isn’t always a cakewalk, as she revealed in a video on May 21.

Gray is a huge face on multiple social media platforms, boasting over 19 million followers on Instagram and 43 million followers on TikTok, where she once reigned as the most popular account before being overtaken by Charli D’Amelio.

Despite her status as a TikTok sensation, Gray receives a sizable amount of mean comments online, which she exposed in a collaboration with BuzzFeed Celeb on YouTube.

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Loren Gray revealed the wild messages she receives in her Instagram DMs – some of which included proposals from fans.

In the video, Gray read through her message requests on Instagram — messages from accounts that must be approved by the recipient before engaging in a conversation.

While many of these message requests were compliments, Gray admitted that she does receive a slew of negative comments, as well, one of which she read aloud for viewers.

The message in question was simple: “I hate you Loren.” However, Gray’s response was decidedly surprising, with the TikTok star claiming that she actually “respects” and “appreciates” critics who keep their comments private between the two of them.

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Loren Gray explained why such hate messages, seen above, are actually “appreciated” by her, claiming that she would rather them hash out their feelings privately than in her comments section for all to see.

“Sometimes, people will send hate messages to my DMs,” she explained. “Which I actually think is quite nice, since they’re keeping it between us, and not like, publicly commenting. ….I really appreciate it. It’s to the point, and she didn’t do it publicly. She made it private, and she wanted to let me know how she feels. I respect it.”

That wasn’t the only surprise to come out of Loren’s BuzzFeed collaboration; she likewise revealed the shocking amount of proposals she receives in her Instagram requests, and even admitted that a fan had proposed to her in-person during her live tour — an incident that she described as “kinda awkward.”

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Gray is far from the only TikTokker who deals with hate and over enthusiastic fans, by far; fellow stars Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae have spoken out at length against hateful comments and harassment, with Gray’s DM exposé acting as the latest testament to the double-edged sword of being an online entertainer.

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Jake Paul claims Disney didn’t fire him after Bizaardvark controversy

Published: 26/Nov/2020 6:37

by Andrew Amos

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Jake Paul has dismissed new claims he was fired by Disney back in 2017 during his stint on sitcom Bizaardvark, addressing the three-and-a-half-year-old controversy in a recent interview.

Jake Paul, while juggling his YouTube and Vine antics back in 2017, was fast-becoming one of Disney’s biggest stars. The then 20-year-old played Dirk Mann on the sitcom Bizaardvark for two seasons.

However, his stay on the set was cut abruptly short in June 2017. He parted ways with the project, and there was a mixed reaction.

Jake Paul on Bizaardvark
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Jake Paul (far-right) played Dirk Mann on Bizaardvark for two seasons.

Back then, Jake Paul said that he and Disney “came to the agreement” to mutually part ways. However, others have claimed the star was fired over a series of controversies, including a news segment that saw neighbours complain about the then-Disney star.

Paul has rubbished those claims though. He doubled down on his initial statement three years ago, saying that he played along with the community sentiment as a joke.

“It’s funny because, for the last three years I’ve sort of ran with everyone saying, “Oh, he got fired,” just because I think it’s funnier to say, “I got fired by Disney,” but in reality it was a mutual decision to split from each other,” he told The Daily Beast.

The decision was purely a business one, according to Paul. He wanted more money, and Disney wasn’t offering it.

“They weren’t paying me enough. I was making millions more — per week — than I was on that show, and it was a mutual decision for us to split up,” he added.

“Everyone I worked with on that show was fantastic, but from a business standpoint it didn’t make sense. I was aging up and wanted more money.”

Jake Paul poses in a car for an Instagram photo
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Jake Paul has managed to grow his career despite his Disney exit in 2017.

Jake Paul has since gone on to grow his career on YouTube, even expanding into boxing the likes of AnEsonGib on a Mike Tyson card, something the younger Paul brother said was the highlight of his life.

However, the real reasoning behind his parting with Disney will always be questioned.