This year has been a wild one for YouTube stars across the video platform; From Logan Paul’s serious scandal at the beginning of 2018 to Markiplier’s clothing line release in late October, YouTubers have been in the news for a multitude of reasons, and now, their earnings are taking the spotlight.
This year’s highest-earning YouTubers saw some surprising contestants, aside from the site’s usual fare of social media stars like Jake Paul – who shockingly surpassed his older (and arguably more controversial) brother Logan Paul in terms of revenue.
2018’s top-earning stars included the likes of makeup guru Jeffree Star, who reeled in a reported $18 million through his Jeffree Star Cosmetics line – which, according to Forbes.com, pulls over $100 million in yearly revenue.
Also in the runnings were YouTube group Dude Perfect, gamer Vanoss Gaming, and even child star RyanToysReview, who managed to take the number one spot with a whopping $22 million (thanks to his wide audience and collectible toy line for sale at Wal-Mart).
The ever-present ‘are they, aren’t they’ situation with Bryce Hall and Addison Rae was brought to the forefront on the ‘BFFs with Dave Portnoy and Josh Richards’ podcast, as the host grilled the two TikTok stars on dating rumors that usually result in more clout for online celebs.
Hall’s break-up with Rae was highly publicized, as would be the norm for some of the biggest names in social media today. However, ever since their split, people have been speculating if (or when) the two would ever get back together.
The stars haven’t exactly been helping their case, either, especially since both have been spotted in numerous videos or clips together post-breakup that are further fueling the speculation.
But Portnoy has had enough of the mystery and did his best to cut right to the chase: “You (Hall) and Addison are still together, no?” At that point, Richards can be heard saying something that sounded like an affirmative of Portnoy’s inquiry, while Hall made a few attempts at driving the conversation elsewhere.
The point initially started with the trio talking about recent beef between Hall and Zach Clayton that ended in a fist fight.
But when the TikToker accused Clayton of being fake with his influencer status, Hall glazed across his previous relationship with Rae.
“Why don’t you say it? I don’t understand the whole thing, like these little smiles, these little teenage smiles. Like, why don’t you just say it. Who cares?” Portnoy said before going on. “Maybe you guys (are being calculated), like ‘Yeah it’s obvious, but we’re just tagging people along doing the romance sitcom. Not going to say I’m dating the girl, because I want the pop to come down the road.’”
In the midst of it all, from what Portnoy has seen himself at the Sway House, influencers like Rae and others are at the LA mansion “all the time.”
For social media stars, being in each other’s spheres of influence is just business. But Portnoy picked up on something more while being at the house.
“I was at the house, and my vibe is you guys are together with these girls, you just don’t put the official title,” Portnoy said. Both Richards and Hall were reluctant to give any weight to the claims, until Portnoy reminded them of the receipts.