Social media star Charli D’Amelio was once the most followed person on TikTok, but a short viral video caused her to lose 1 million followers.
Charli began her career on the social media platform in 2019…
The 18-year-old dancing sensation quickly rose to fame.
Before her TikTok debut, she was a competitive dancer for over a decade.
So when she began posting to the site, she quickly gained views.
After her sudden fame on the app, in 2020, she ventured into voice acting.
Landing her first role in the 2020 animated film StarDog and TurboCat.
This, along with her huge success on TikTok thrust her into the spotlight.
And just a year later, she was given a Hulu docuseries The D’Amelio Show in 2021.
The show followed her and her family as they navigated Charli’s newfound success.
It was an instant hit with her fans.
Giving an insight into their daily life.
After this, her success just kept growing.
She later published a book, set up her own podcast…
And even started a makeup line!
But her TikTok career remained her main endeavor and she gained millions of followers on the platform.
Next thing you know, she was almost at 100 million!
And when she hit 100 million followers, D’Amelio shared a video with the caption: “A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS HELPED ME REACH 100 MILLION SUPPORTERS!!! AND ANOTHER HUGE THANK YOU TO @tiktok I LOVE EVERY ONE OF YOU!!!”
She explained in the video that the achievement felt like a “dream” and said
she couldn’t “believe there’s 100 million supporters following me right now.”
“That is insane, oh my goodness, thank you,” she added.
However, before she reached that milestone, she went through a dip in followers.
A certain viral video was responsible for her losing her streak.
Charli was left devastated in November 2020, when her follower count dropped 1 million, from 99.5 million to 98.5 in a couple of hours.
TikTok users were shocked by Charli’s actions in a recent episode of The D’Amelio Show, so much so, that they unfollowed her.
In the episode, Charli was with her sister, her parents, and James Charles while they were being served food by their personal chef Aaron May…
However, when May served the food, the D’Amelio girls disrespectfully shunned his cooking.
Fans were disgusted by their actions in the clip…
However, others pointed out that she was just a child at the time.
Ont Twitter user wrote: “Charli D’Amelio really lost 1 million followers because of the toxicity of cancel culture. I never speak about things like this but this is a minor who made a joke about a follower count milestone. And she doesn’t like snail. God forbid she acts like a KID.”
Another commented: “Yall hate on Charli for everything. It’s a f***ing SNAIL. Do you expect her to just eat it? She gagged. I would’ve done the same thing. This a just a 16-year-old girl. Do you have anything better to do? Leave her alone for once! @charlidamelio doesn’t deserve this!”
May made a paella that included snails. “It’s classic paella, and it’s actually an omen of good luck and fortune,” he said at the time.
Charli repiled: “Liars,” while Dixie gagged in front of May after trying a snail.
Charli’s follower count quickly dropped by thousands at a time, and she was heavily criticized for her behavior.
After the backlash, she addressed the episode on social media.
“You can hate on me for whatever I’ve done but the fact that all of this is happening because of a misunderstanding,” she wrote.
“I just feel like that’s not okay. If this is the community that I’ve put myself in, I don’t know if I want to do that anymore.”
Her sister, Dixie also shared her response online…
She said: “I love Chef, and I would never disrespect him in any way, and maybe don’t judge someone’s personality over a 15-second video.”
However, despite this, she quickly became the most followed content creator on the platform…
Reaching 100 million followers later in the year.
But that didn’t last too long.
Last month, TikToker Khaby Lame hit 142.2 million followers, surpassing Charli’s 142.1 million.