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Streamer explains why having a boyfriend won’t stop "creepy" viewers

by Virginia Glaze

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Finnish ASMR streamer 'grilthegamer' received some disturbing messages from an overly-enthusiastic fan on Instagram — proving that, despite openly being in a relationship, nothing will stop online creeps.

While being a popular online content creator might seem like the perfect job, it’s not necessarily an easy career path, with many social media personalities experiencing serious breaches of personal privacy.

Twitch streamer and "ASMRtist" grilthegamer is one such influencer, who detailed her disturbing experience with a fan who came into her chat asking to visit her in Finland, claiming that his uncle lived in the European country.

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Twitch streamer, artist, and cosplayer 'grilthegamer' explained how one "creepy" viewer tried to start a relationship with her after watching just one of her broadcasts.

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However, that wasn’t the end of his odd advances toward the streamer; he went on to message her via Instagram after her broadcast had ended, explaining that he wanted to be in a relationship with her despite only watching her stream one time.

“‘Oh, I’m this dude from the stream, I love you so much and I think this is really real, and I want to make it work with you,’” she recounted his messages. “After one stream! And that’s the moment I knew, telling them you have a fiance — it doesn’t work!”

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Despite being quite open about her current engagement, the streamer claims that there’s no upside to telling viewers about one’s relationship, noting that many donators will stop their contributions after realizing a streamer is officially off the market.

“It would be smarter to not make up any bulls**t, because the simps only give you money when you don’t tell them that you have a fiance,” she explained. “Or when they think that you are single. There would be no way why it would be beneficial for me to lie that I have a fiance.”

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Despite joking about “simps” — a term that has gone viral in online spaces — her situation is not unique, with streamers across the net dealing with overenthusiastic fans who don’t understand personal boundaries, such as “Sweet Anita’s” stalker, who moved to her city and even slept outside her home.

Although they may share their lives online, streamers and content creators are humans like anyone else; but the issue of personal privacy and invasive messages doesn't seem like a problem that's going away anytime soon, as streaming continues to boom in popularity worldwide.