Be sure to see Charli D'Amelio's Net Worth article first to get an overview of her journey to the top if you don't know much about her before March 2020.
Charli D'Amelio has been making record-breaking records on TikTok as not only the most popular one on the platform but one of those few whose fame came after being a completely ordinary teenage girl out there. For an outsider who sees her from the TikTok perspective, she might not get that approval stamp of a celebrity, but get to know her as a person, that may change. And there are some stark differences in how D'Amelio makes her video from the other teens that do "almost" the same.
She doesn't know why that one video skyrocketed her to fame, but since then, she's had to maintain that status growing as rapidly as it can get. And it's been just over two months since she's broken the record for the highest number of followers on TikTok on March 25, 2020, which Loren Gray held for almost exactly a year. But that number doesn't seem to still stop, as she's broken the record for the highest following on all ByteDance platforms, TikTok or the Chinese version Douyin. She has 58.6 million followers and the highest on Douyin has 54.4 million.
#1 Trying to Convince Ignorant Gen Z Kids to Stay Home During CoronaVirus, with a Charity Cause
Ohio was one of those US states with youngsters ignoring the universal code to social distance from each other since the nationwide order to stay home during the CoronaVirus pandemic. And Governor Mike DeWine was having none of it. But in order to reach people of that generation, he wasn't the right person for it. That's where Charli D'Amelio comes in.
If a 16-year-old understands the importance of social distancing, why don't you?
Photo Source: Charli D'Amelio Instagram
DeWine teamed up with the Cincinnati-based company Procter & Gamble and the ad agency Grey Group to launch a campaign in order to reach Gen Z. And they enlisted the help of Charli. She was on board with it but had one demand. No, nothing vile. "The campaign must have a charitable component."
But before she came up with the choreography for the dance to encourage people to social distance, she first completed her maths homework. With some flares on her in the video (she's using more of those lately), the simple and complicated dance tune to Big Up’s by Jordyn & Nic Da Kid feat. Yung Nnelg was conjured up.
@charlidamelioStay home & do the ##distancedance. Tag me & the hashtag in your video. P&G will donate to Feeding America & Matthew 25 for first 3M videos ##PGPartner♬ Big Up's (feat. Yung Nnelg) - Jordyn, Nic Da Kid
And it just took off. With over 191 million views and 6.3 million likes, it's one of the most popular videos on her page. She encouraged fans to post the clips of themselves on TikTok with the hashtag #distancedance. It even earned a short segment on The View. It's spawned nearly 3.5 million other videos with over 16 billion combined views. As promised, Procter & Gamble donated a product for Feeding America and Matthew 25: Ministries for each video.
Not sure if they got it, but they should.
#2 Breaking Up with Chase Hudson, with No Infidelity, and Leaving 'Hype House'
Cue the nostalgia again. Chase Hudson might've considered it over with Charli D'Amelio, but Thomas Petrou was not letting him get over her just yet. Covering his walls all over with pictures of her? Really? But the two did tell everyone that they were taking the relationship slow, and the girlfriend-boyfriend tag isn't exclusive. And breaking up wasn't going to let them not continue to talk to each other at all. Here's how they confirmed their relationship.
She hasn't removed any of her photos with him.
Photo Source: Charli D'Amelio Instagram
It was all fine and awesome until some very teenage things happened. Sway House LA and The Hype House may not have been rivals, but when Bryce Hall and Josh Richards released a diss track, Still Softish, on March 20, 2020, insinuating Hudson had cheated on D'Amelio, they might've been (despite the two groups claiming things have settled down a while after).
The claim was that Hudson, aka Lil Huddy, hit on Richards' girlfriend, Nessa Barrett (who's not without controversies herself), via DMs. Barrett had shown the DMs to Richards, and Hudson may not have intended the messages to come out the way it did to the others, but they Sway House members were quick to gather that he'd been trying to get a little too close to Barrett.
After the diss track, a little Twitter war also broke out, although Hudson was initially not bothered too much by it all. But they reached a sensible decision to move on from the situation.
Not sure if the intention was to break them up, and Charli hasn't spoken a word at all. But the incident would go on to linger in the gossip-world further long, and within a month later, they announced that they decided to go their separate ways. The earlier situation had nothing to do with it.
On April 13, 2020, the two issued their respective statements on Instagram Stories to confirm they were breaking up, stating it took a little more time to announce than intended. Meaning they'd broken up a little earlier already.
Not a bad blood kind of ending.
Photo Sources: Charli D'Amelio & Chase Hudson, Instagram Stories
When D'Amelio's Birthday came on May 1, 2020, Hudson wished her a happy birthday, and speculations that there were getting back together were all over the internet. While it's obvious they said they won't stop connecting now and then, there was more than one alert that fans took to start speculating. The heart color he used, for instance. He used white instead of his regular black & purple heart emojis. They were apparently wearing matching bracelets on their videos that long-distance couples do, although it might be just mementos. And she once danced to the classic My Boyfriend's Back song.
#3 Leaving the Hype House Because It Became Too Commercial Than Doing TikToks for Fun
There's no limitation of drama in collaborative houses over the years, and the Hype House LA has made sure it's one of the same, unintentionally or anything. In late March, Daisy Keech filed a lawsuit against the co-founders Petrou and Hudson over not recognizing her as a major co-founder. And Petrou had a few things of his own to show for proof against her allegations. It's still in hot water.
But for being the Hype House too, there are some strict rules to follow. You'll have to make content daily on TikTok and all other content media sites as well. But it's not the rules that drove D'Amelio out of the house. And it was not the end of the romantic spark between her and Hudson either. Clear that out. Like Keech said, it became more of a business with money coming and going as with any other.
Yeah, they'll be fine without 'Hype House', or even better.
Photo Source: Dixie D'Amelio Instagram
For the 16-year-old, making TikTok clips was about having fun with what's out there and using her talents with it, despite obviously having the capability to earn millions in a year. Ask her friends and even people around her who are not her friends (not the likes of Paris Hilton), they'll say she's a "genuinely real but genuinely talented 16-year-old girl just having fun online." So when Hype House became a business, she had nothing to do with it. But of course, he needed an agent to keep her money around.
In early May 2020, Charli and Dixie were announced to be exiting the Hype House, their reps confirmed it to The Hollywood Reporter. She might have actually done something really smart here. Think about it. But she had more things to get excited about.
#4 Starting a Podcast and a Voice Role She Did That People Noticed Only Recently
With the Hype House exit, the D'Amelio sisters announced their ambitions to start a podcast in mid-May 2020, over 10 days ago. But it couldn't have come as a surprise as Charli had started vlogging her day on TikTok first way earlier. And she's been doing it now every week in her home on YouTube this month. And she's now been regular.
Getting it out of the way, many have only recently noticed the younger D'Amelio had actually voiced a character on an animated movie. We found out about it in mid-March, just when she'd surpassed Zach King in TikTok follower-count. She voiced the character Tinker, a mouse, in StarDog and TurboCat. It was initially set to release in December 2019 but is available on DIRECTV Cinema since May 21 and is now set to arrive in theaters on June 19, 2020. Maybe that's why people know about it now. She'd made a TikTok or recording the voice back when we reported.
Charli D'Amelio's cameo in the film industry.
Photo Source: VIDA
Everything is a start. And now, the sisters want to give you a behind-the-scenes look at their lives with a weekly podcast (this may be what she told Jimmy Fallon about starting in the summer, rather than a tour). The podcast is still unnamed, which is set to be a part of Ramble, a podcast network joint venture actually between Cadence13 and UTA, the TikTok family's agency.
Unlike other TikTok stars who've gotten fame on TikTok only, Charli's expanded her horizon and may not need to use TikTok at all. Why did she even explode on TikTok in the first place? Don't worry, she doesn't get it either. But it's pretty much clear when you get to know her.
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