Sorry, TikTok fans, but we have some bad news for you. Yep, you may have to say goodbye to Charli D’Amelio because the social media star just admitted that it’s “extremely difficult” for her to continue to post videos on the platform due to all the hate that she gets online.
Is Charli D’Amelio Leaving TikTok?
During a recent appearance on her sister, Dixie D’Amelio‘s show, the 16-year-old — who is the most followed person on the app — opened up about “losing her joy” for TikTok after people started tearing her down. She also spoke out about losing friends due to it, and how it’s started to feel like a competition.
“I feel like when you have opportunities that are so amazing, but then an entire world of critiques for your every move, it’s very difficult to find enjoyment in things that are being torn down so much,” she explained. “It’s extremely difficult to want to continue doing something that people say how much they hate and it’s hard. It doesn’t feel like used to, where there was collaborations and fun, and everyone was friends. Now it’s like everyone’s trying to beat each other and it’s like that doesn’t make sense to me. That’s not why I started TikTok. I started TikTok because I was making fun dance videos with my friends and now it’s turned into this whole competition, which doesn’t really make sense to me.”
The influencer said she felt like she was “left in the dust” by people who she considered her friends. She continued, “Or people use it, or people talk when it’s convenient for them, or things like that, or want to collab when it’s convenient for them. It’s like what happened to the friendships that everyone used to have. Everyone used to be so close and I know it all changed fairly quickly and I feel like throughout that, I feel like a lot of people don’t want to reach out because they think everyone’s reaching out. Then it’s like while they were all making their friendships, everyone just kind of left the people that were, I don’t know, the people that were trying to be there for everyone, they kind of left them in the dust and that’s kind of where I feel like I’ve been. It’s difficult when you don’t have like a big friend group to support you when you’re going through things.”
In the end, D’Amelio didn’t say that she was leaving the app forever, but she did reveal that she wants to focus more on things outside of TikTok — like acting and fashion.
Who Is Charli D’Amelio?
For those who don’t know, D’Amelio has over 115 million followers on the video streaming site. She has become most known for her amazing dances, and was named the second highest-earning TikTok personality by Forbes and was placed on Fortune‘s 40 Under 40 list in 2020. She also made her acting debut last year, when she starred in the animated flick StarDog and TurboCat. Plus, she has even launched her own nail polish collection, makeup line and sweatshirt collection. She and her sister also recently announced that they had partnered with Hollister to create their own clothing line, called Social Tourist.
What Else Has She Been Up To Lately?
Back in December 2020, it was announced that the D’Amelio family had landed their very own Hulu reality show, and everyone was seriously freaking out over the news. According to the New York Post, the upcoming show will follow Charli, Dixie, their dad, Marc, and their mom, Heidi, as they “navigate their nearly overnight fame and their life in LA.”
“We are excited to be joining the Hulu family with a unique behind-the-scenes look into our life,” Marc said in a press release. “We’ve always been a very close family, but this experience has brought us even closer and we’re really excited to share a glimpse of our lives with the world. Many people create impressions of us based off of short content, a few minutes or even seconds. But now, we’re looking forward to sharing a side that you likely don’t get to see on our social channels.”
There’s no official release date for it just yet, but there will be eight episodes in total and it’ll premiere on Hulu sometime in 2021.
“Two years ago Charli and Dixie D’Amelio were virtually unknown outside of their town, and now have over 100 million fans who tune in daily for their every move. Every teen on social media dreams of becoming famous, but what happens when the reality hits?” VP Documentaries at Hulu, Belisa Balaban, told Deadline about the series. “The D’Amelio Show joins our growing slate of docuseries about the human experience and we’re incredibly excited to partner with the D’Amelio family to offer viewers an authentic look at the complicated lives of these two relatable young women thrust to the top of the social media algorithm.”
Dixi told Euphoria Magazine about the show, “I think it’s going to be more like, ‘This is our lives and what we do,’ because people don’t get to see that. They just think we make TikToks and sit around all day. It’ll be showing our daily lives, how busy we actually are, what we’re doing. Now that we’re doing the reality show, people are like, ‘Oh, is it going to be like the Kardashians? Are you guys going to be fighting and all this?’ I’m like, ‘Probably not.’ We just want to show our lives.”
This Isn’t The First Time She Has Addressed The Haters
It turns out, this isn’t the first time the internet star has spoken out about the criticism she gets online.
“STOP TALKING ABOUT MY BODY! It’s not your place to tell me if I’m losing weight or gaining weight,” she wrote in a series of tweets back in April 2020. “Why don’t we all just be respectful and understand that we should just be kind and uplift everyone instead of trying to bring others down. I’ve seen these videos about me my friends and complete strangers but it doesn’t matter who you’re doing it to. It’s never OK and I feel like I really needed to say that I love you all but please stop!”
In May 2020, D’Amelio explained to People Magazine that she’s not afraid to address the haters because she wants to show others who are going through something similar that they’re not alone.
“I do try to talk about it as much as I can. A lot of people are afraid to. I feel the more I talk about it, the more normalized it is for people to open about their feelings,” she said. “If I’m talking about it and they know that this bothers me and they are going through a similar thing, maybe at school, just showing people that it’s okay to have feelings. It’s okay to not be 100 percent all the time. When you do discuss it, you tend to get more [hate]. But at the same time, there are people who reach out to me with stories of how they are struggling through similar issues. It brings a lot of people together, and that’s what I do it for.”
She also dished to Seventeen, “A lot of people around my age, some younger, some older, are the prime ages for most types of bullying. We all need to be more conscious of the things we say about people because it can really affect them … As a society, we definitely need to be more careful with our words and make sure we are treating people with kindness.”