Teeqo & Nikan intervene during FaZe Rain’s concerning Instagram Live

Published: 1/Jul/2020 11:07 Updated: 1/Jul/2020 11:21

by Jacob Hale


Fans and friends of Nordan Shat, better known as FaZe Clan’s FaZe Rain, have been growing increasingly concerned for the YouTube star’s health in recent weeks, following his openness about drug use, depression and suicidal thoughts.

Rain became one of if not the biggest star in FaZe Clan through the years, but has appeared to have an on/off relationship with both the organization and his content for several years now.

In an Instagram story posted in the early hours of June 29, Rain spoke about his struggle with drug addiction and battles with depression, issues with his family, and feelings of betrayal that he has harbored from both them and his FaZe Clan brethren.

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Nordan has been open about his internal struggles in the past.

This comes barely a month after he was initially kicked out of the FaZe House, following which he lashed out at FaZe Clan, with co-owner Ricky ‘Banks’ Banks stating that he refused help or to be sent to a rehabilitation center to help him with his issues.

Just 24 hours after his first Instagram livestream, Rain went live on the platform again, with the content throughout prompting FaZe members to intervene.

After showing viewers some of the drugs and medication he was using at the time, fellow FaZe creators Jakob ‘Teeqo’ Swärden and Nikan ‘Nikan’ Nadim could be heard in the background of the broadcast.

Teeqo & Nikan intervene

Obviously, having seen what was occurring after Rain went live, Teeqo and Nikan rushed to Rain’s aid, interrupting the broadcast in an attempt to put an end to the concerning situation.

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Rain and Teeqo have been in FaZe Clan for years together, and evidently remain good friends still.

Though at first Rain tried to resist and force them out of his home, the pair refused back down, and told Rain not to “show drugs to kids” before advising him to “get the f**k off [Instagram] Live.”

This comes after a number of concerning tweets from Rain, including one that said he’s feeling “100x more pain” than when he tried to commit suicide in 2018.

Fans & stars reach out to Rain

Having seen what is occurring in Rain’s life right now, a number of stars from across different industries reached out to offer help.

NBA legend and former Echo Fox owner Rick Fox reached out saying he can come to see him or call him, adding that Rain doesn’t “have to be alone right now.”

He has also been getting a steady stream of support from online personalities, including 100 Thieves’ Classify who simply told Rain that he is “loved,” and YouTube news reporter Scarce who told Rain that he has “been an inspiration for a lot of us.”

Rain speaks out

Just a couple of short hours after the incident, FaZe Rain took to Twitter to make a statement, saying that he’s “done” with drugs.

He followed up not long after, with another tweet saying that once he’s clean, fans will see “one of the hardest working people on Earth.”

Fans of the content creator and the wider online community will now hope that Rain gets the help he needs and this doesn’t escalate any further, as millions watch on in the hopes that everything turns out okay.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, or know anyone that is, and you would like to talk to someone, please reach out and call the Suicide Prevention Helpline 1-800-273-8255 (USA) or the Samaritans 116-123 (UK).


Week’s biggest drama: AOC streams Among Us, PewDiePie shadowban bug, more

Published: 24/Oct/2020 0:59 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 1:00

by Virginia Glaze


This week has been a wild ride in all respects: From none other than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez playing Among Us with top streamers on Twitch to PewDiePie’s YouTube channel getting temporarily shadowbanned, there’s no shortage of things to talk about when it comes to internet drama, and we’ve got all the details you need to stay updated on the tea.

So… what’s brewing?

AOC plays Among Us with Pokimane, Hasan & more

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AOC had a massive start on her first-ever Twitch stream, where she played Among Us with such stars as Pokimane, Hasan Parker and Dr Lupo.

Who’s involved? United States representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — commonly referred to as AOC — took to Twitter on October 19 to announce her very first Twitch stream. As for the game she wanted to play? Viral multiplayer title ‘Among Us,’ for which she got a ton of offers from super-popular streamers to play with her.

What’s the tea? Well, it’s not so much tea as it is a record-breaking broadcast, as AOC’s stream managed to rake in 4.6 million views in the eight hours after it ended. Featuring such names as Pokimane, Hasan Piker and DrLupo, it stands to reason that such a star-studded affair was a huge event for the platform, and viewers flocked to give it a watch as soon as possible.

Although the entire affair boasted a wealth of hilarious moments, her broadcast served as a reminder to ‘Get Out the Vote,’ encouraging US viewers to exercise their rights as citizens in the upcoming presidential election — managing to score 439,000 viewers while she was live.

Read the whole story here.

Bryce Hall fight video of restaurant vape scuffle goes viral

YouTube: Bryce Hall
Bryce Hall was caught in a viral scuffle at a restaurant, which apparently came about after the manager asked Hall to put away his vape.

Who’s involved? Bryce Hall is a TikTok star and YouTuber, who has lately found himself at the center of several controversies, including a scuffle he got into at a Los Angeles restaurant.

What’s the tea? Footage from the altercation went viral across the net, showing Hall and his friends getting physical with restaurant staff. According to initial reports from TMZ, Hall had been asked to put away his vape pen and was later encouraged to leave, which resulted in the ensuing fight.

However, Hall later claimed that the restaurant manager had put hands on him first, after he’d unsuccessfully asked for his credit card back “10 times.” Things escalated when a friend tried to break up the situation, leading to the fight seen in the video.

This fight comes after an earlier scuffle Hall was involved in with a bystander at another Los Angeles-based restaurant a few weeks prior, which luckily ended in hugs all around.

Read the whole story here.

PewDiePie’s YouTube channel shadowbanned by bug

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Fans noticed PewDiePie’s channel wasn’t showing up when searched for on YouTube, leading to speculation that he had been shadowbanned.

Who’s involved? PewDiePie is the undisputed “king of YouTube,” boasting the most-subscribed channel of any single independent creator on the platform.

What’s the tea? Despite being a massive presence on the website — on which he recently signed to exclusively stream — his channel failed to show up via YouTube’s search function on October 22, with fans noticing that his latest video only received 45k views hours after going live — a major dip for someone with so many dedicated viewers.

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The YouTuber’s channel appeared to not be showing up in searches.

PewDiePie was quick to address the issue in a Community post, writing: “Yo, for some reason my videos aren’t showing up in sub box since yesterday so posting here.”

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The Swedish star stated that his channel has not been working properly since October 21.

YouTube also made an official statement on the matter claiming that they were looking into the situation, which was later revealed to be a glitch in the system. Thankfully, PewDiePie’s channel is back up and running as usual, going to show that no one is above the platform’s idiosyncrasies.

Read the whole story here.

Dixie D’Amelio’s hair falls out after getting extensions from TikTok stylist

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Dixie D’Amelio complained that her hair was falling out after receiving extensions from TikTok stylist ‘Hair by Chrissy.’

Who’s involved? Dixie D’Amelio, older sister to Charli D’Amelio, is a hugely popular TikTok star and singer, who has recently complained about some serious hair problems.

What’s the tea? During an October 15 episode of her ‘2 Chix’ podcast with sister Charli, Dixie revealed that her hair is falling out, after receiving extensions from popular TikTok hair stylist ‘Hair by Chrissy.’ Although she made sure not to name the stylist in question, the salon posted before and after photos from Dixie’s appointment, leading many fans to connect the dots in short time.

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“I don’t know if my hair is falling out, but I think it’s falling out from them,” she admitted. “So I’m like, kinda scared. I’m losing hair, but it’s connected to the extension… there’s like white pieces all at the end of each piece of hair.”

Needless to say, Hair by Chrissy has come under intense scrutiny from critics, with the salon having also faced backlash for alleged discriminatory practices and a flagrant disobedience of health and safety protocols in wake of the current health crisis.

Read the whole story here.

Joe Rogan cancels Kanye West podcast episode

Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan has had to cancel his upcoming podcast episode with Kanye West.

Who’s involved? Joe Rogan, famous for his ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast, has recently canceled an entire week’s worth of episodes — one of which was set to feature rapper Kanye West.

What’s the tea? Rogan explained the situation in an Instagram video on October 19, revealing that producer Jamie Vernon had tested positive.

“So, we cancelled all the shows,” Joe stated. “We’re happy he has a mild case, but we cancelled all the shows. I’m keeping away from everybody and testing myself and the staff everyday until we’re in the clear, there’s nothing we can do. I won’t know when we’ll do them [podcasts] again until we get a clear from the doctor. I think it’s ten days and three negative test results in a row.”

However, it looks like fans are getting their fix anyway, as Rogan announced that the podcast with Kanye West is airing, after all. The episode is set for October 24 a 12 PM Central Daylight Time.

Read the whole story here.

There’s no denying that a lot has gone down in the past six days. What do you think of Bryce Hall’s latest fight at a restaurant? Do you believe his side of the story, or the manager’s? How do you feel about politicians taking to Twitch to encourage citizens to vote? Do you think Hair by Chrissy should be receiving all the backlash after Dixie’s hair troubles? Let us know on Twitter @DexertoTrending and comment what you think the biggest story of this week was!

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