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Loren Gray reveals her sexual assault story to stop rumors spreading

Published: 2/May/2020 13:32 Updated: 2/May/2020 13:34

by Calum Patterson

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TikTok superstar Loren Gray has revealed her heartbreaking story of assault as a child, claiming that she was aware of threats to expose it publicly, posting a video to raise awareness.

Loren Gray is the second most-followed creator on TikTok, behind only Charli D’Amelio, and for a long time held the number one spot.

On May 1, Gray posted a short TikTok video, stating “I want to tell you my real story,” with the caption “when I say you have helped me more than you know, I truly mean it.”

Loren Gray selfie on Instagram
Instagram: Loren Gray
Loren Gray revealed her story on TiKTok, after she was told someone else knew and could spread it.

In the video, she explains that at the age of 13, she was assaulted by someone she trusted. “I had my innocence stolen from me in the basement of someone I trusted,” she said, “I struggled to put the pieces together as to why this had happened to me.”

Initially only telling her best friend, Gray explains that it took two months before telling her parents. “I felt dirty, hopeless, broken, and worthless. I was confused and scared. I felt like it was my fault.”

Loren goes on to explain that as she was homeschooled, she began making videos to help pass the time and to escape the isolation. “People were watching my videos, and although I was struggling, I felt like I had finally found people who cared, regardless of my situation.”

@lorengrayTW. when I say you have helped me more than you know, I truly mean it.

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In a follow-up post on Twitter, Gray reveals that she felt forced to tell the story after it came to her attention that someone else knew, and it would potentially be exposed beyond control.

“I received a message that somehow, someone knew. But I know how fast word travels and I wanted to be the one to tell my story,” she explained. “Although I hate that I felt forced into sharing this prematurely, I have no regrets because I’m no longer ashamed.”

Gray concluded by expressing her hope that “this can shed some light on the gravity of sexual assault, and provide some hope for anyone who can relate.”

Who is Loren Gray?

If you’re not familiar with the stars of TikTok, you soon will be. At only 18 years old, Loren Gray is one of many rising stars on the platform who are now becoming global celebrities.

With over 42.8 million followers on the platform, she has gone from strength to strength in her content creation, also boasting a YouTube channel with over 3.7 million subscribers.

She is also signed to Virgin Records and Capitol Records as a recording artist, releasing her latest single, Can’t Do It, featured rapper Saweetie, in July 2019.

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TikToker Giulia Amato calls out fans over constant Addison Rae comparisons

Published: 16/Jan/2021 22:09

by Charlotte Colombo

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TikTok star Giulia Amato has hit out at fans on TikTok for constantly comparing her to Addison Rae and other influencers, claiming that it feels like she has been “given a different identity.”

Since launching her channel in April 2019, 17-year-old Giulia Amato has made a name for herself on TikTok. As well as having an impressive 1.8 million followers, her content — which includes dances, lip-syncing and POVs — has helped her amass nearly 55 million likes on the app.

However, with many fans noticing Amato’s striking resemblance to TikTok superstar Addison Rae, her comments are often flooded with comparisons, and she’s faced accusations of copying Rae in the past.

For example, in October, Amato was accused of “copying” Addison Rae after dying her hair back to its natural brunette color shortly after Rae dyed her own hair brown.

In this TikTok, it is clear that Amato has had enough of the comparisons. She captioned the clip, “my name is Giulia Amato and I don’t want to be compared to other people everyday.”

Clearly referencing the Addison Rae comparisons, Amato continued: “So by now, you guys all know who I’m compared to. I don’t want to say her name because I don’t want it to look like I’m using her name to get clout for this video, but you guys know who I’m talking about.”

She elaborated even further: “My videos were, at first, filled with a lot of hate, with a lot of people comparing us, and that I can handle.”

“But I feel like it’s become a trend t0 give me different identities.”

Instagram: Addison Rae
Amato said in the TikTok that she finds herself being constantly compared to Addison Rae, who is currently starring in a remake of the movie ‘She’s All That.’

Noting how she’s recently been compared to a “mix” of Rae and “two or four” other high-profile TikTok stars, Amato asserted in the video that, contrary to accusations in the comments, she has never had cosmetic surgery or other treatments done to her face.

Sympathizing with Amato’s frustrations, fans on Instagram showed their support. One user said in a comment that got over 4,000 likes that “they are both gorgeous,” while another user said that fans should stop comparing because “we are all beautiful and have our own blessings, so no need to be jealous of each other.”

It appears that Amato has since deleted the TikTok from her account.