Who is Addison Rae? The Hype House star dominating TikTok - Dexerto

Who is Addison Rae? The Hype House star dominating TikTok

Published: 27/Feb/2020 19:44 Updated: 25/Mar/2020 18:14

by Calum Patterson


If you’ve been paying any attention to the rise of TikTok at the start of 2020, you may have heard of or seen Addison Rae. She’s one of the leading stars on the platform, and her growth to start the decade has been nothing short of remarkable.

There’s a new generation of internet stars taking over to kick off 2020, and many of them are on TikTok. Formerly known Musical.ly, this once niche app has grown into one of the leading social media platforms.


People like Addison Easterling, better known as Addison Rae are a big reason for TikTok’s success, as they have turned the app into the video version of Instagram.

Addison was an overnight star after posting her first TikTok in the Summer of 2019.

Who is Addison Rae?

An LA native, 19-year-old Addison from Lafayette has a story remarkably similar to her friend Charli D’Amelio. She too downloaded the TikTok app in July of 2019, and was an overnight sensation, immediately going viral on the app.


Speaking to Hollywire, Rae explained, “I actually downloaded the app in July, made a post, just with a friend, and literally out of nowhere, it got like 93,000 likes – I was like ‘woah, I like this!”

She then got her mom involved in the TikTok’s too, which she said “blew up” even more, and the rest is history. As of February 25, 2020, Addison Rae has 19.2 million followers, and is growing rapidly.

Addison Rae TikTok profile
Addison has collaborated with stars like David Dobrik, helping her follower count boom.

Addison Rae’s rise to TikTok stardom

As TikTok continued to grow, Addison, along with friends Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, and a host of others, were at the forefront, pushing it as the next big social media craze.


Like Charli, Addison’s recipe for success is three-fold. First, going viral, this is crucial, and there are a few tricks to learn. Next, consistency – uploading at least once a day, or even better multiple times a day, is the best way to ride the TikTok algorithm. And lastly, luck. Even the most consistent TikTokkers need a helping of luck to reach the top.

To go viral, Addison quickly realized that any TikTok’s featuring her Mom did especially well, and so continued to push them. Then, Mariah Carey herself saw one of Rae’s TikTok’s and liked it, so you could call this the luck part. Since going viral, Addison said her life has changed dramatically.

“Actually so crazy that my first viral video was made 6 months ago”, she said. “Never give up, always chase your dreams and continue doing the things you love.”


Founding the Hype House

Collaborating with other rising TikTok stars was also crucial. Addison first met Chase Hudson, another famous member of the Hype House, and credits him with introducing her to rest of the squad.

And who is this squad? Known formally as the ‘Hype House’, this group of creatives live and breathe content together, primarily for TikTok.


Addison, the D’Amelio sisters, Hudson and many more are part of the collective, who all push each other to become even bigger and better as they grow on TikTok and beyond.

As one of the co-founders, Addison has come to represent the face of Hype House in many ways, and while she becomes a star in her own right, she’s also bringing up many of her friends too.

Addison Rae goes beyond TikTok

Now, the 19-year-old is expanding her reach all over social media. On Instagram, she is fast approaching 6 million followers. She’s also taken well to Twitter, with extremely high interaction with her 380,000 followers, which is bound to increase massively soon.

So far, she hasn’t fully committed to YouTube, with only three videos posted sporadically, but with 475,000 subscribers already, there’s lots of room to grow.

Helping her do this will be talent agency WME, who she signed with in January 2020, along with her parents Sheri Easterling and Monty Lopez. Like Charli, who signed with UTA, these agencies will be hoping to push the young TikTok stars to become the biggest names on the internet and beyond in the coming years.

WME aims to help Addison Rae get more into “modeling, fashion, music, dance, TV, film, digital, podcasting, touring, books, licensing and endorsements,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

What’s next for Addison?

Having already appeared at the NBA All-Star dunk contest and featured on live TV, alongside the D’Amelio sisters, 2020 is already off to a flying start for Rae. Now she’s working with brands like Reebok, and undoubtedly has more partnerships lined up.

Her relationships are becoming scrutinized too, as fans try to work out who she’s dating, her friends and rivals, and more. Rumors of dating fellow TikTokker Bryce Hall were brewing, but she confirmed they’re “just friends.”

Her main focus still remains TikTok though, and for good reason. There’s certainly reason to abandon the app which made her famous and that’s she’s helping to make even bigger. Soon, she’ll surpass 20 million followers, and within months could be on 30 or 40 million, at her current pace.

2019 saw the emergence of TikTok stars like Charli and Addison, but 2020 will be the year that they take over.


Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos


Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.


Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.


“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.


“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”


Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.


“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.