These Popular TikTokers Have Confirmed Their Sexuality, and They’re Being Welcomed Into the LGBTQ+ Community With Open Arms

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The LGBTQ+ community has expanded so much, throughout the past few years. In 2015, Barack Obama legalized same sex marriage, and ever since, people have never been prouder to attend the annual LGBTQ+ pride parades —  which typically take place towards the end of June. 

Although the LGBTQ+ community still faces discrimination on a daily basis, it’s become more widely accepted, amongst society. On social media, more and more people have come out, and often times, they’re flooded with acceptance and love. 

Darianka Sanchez casually came out about three days ago, through a series of snapchat stories:

While most of her comments on TikTok were positive, quite a handful had a negative reaction towards Darianka’s announcement. According to Hype House member, Olivia Ponton (Darianka’s best friend), a lot of people unfollowed her on all of her social media platforms, upon seeing the news. 

Luckily, the positive comments appear to outweigh the negatives.

“Congrats on coming out bby, I love you!!”, one fan said. 

Two more social media stars have also come out as bisexual. Singer/TikToker, Nessa Barrett, posted a video to TikTok on November 20th. In the video, she’s lip-syncing the lyrics to “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood. The song is a well known LGBTQ+ coming out anthem. 

So, naturally, people began to speculate in the comment section. Well, it wasn’t officially confirmed until November 24th, when Barrett uploaded a slower version of “Sweater Weather”. She captioned the video, “Mhm ya”.

People began commenting, “Welcome to the bi-community baby”, and she ‘liked’ many bisexual-related comments. 

Although both Barrett and Sanchez have received a lot of public backlash in the past, it’s really comforting to know that social media has a positive, more embracing side. These two deserve to feel comfortable in their own skin, and we congratulate them for revealing their true self to the world. Coming out is a lot harder than simply stating, “I’m bisexual”.

The fact that they posted about their sexual orientation on a public platform takes so much courage and bravery. 

If you thought that we were done congratulating social media stars for coming out, you’re greatly mistaken. 

Two days ago, Hype House member, James Wright (1/2 of the Wright brothers) posted a video onto TikTok. Can you guess which song he was lipsyncing to? 

If you guessed “Sweater Weather”, you’d be correct. Wright looked so excited to finally be himself. He captioned the TikTok, “plz don’t hate me, I have my whole life but i’m finally starting to love myself”.

@jameswrightt

plz don’t hate me, i have my whole life but i’m finally starting to love myself

♬ Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood

Luckily, his comments were overloaded with encouragement and congratulations from friends [and fans]. 

Sienna Mae Gomez, Willy Wonka, James Charles, Avani Gregg, Jack Wright [and more] showed their support for the 17-year-old.

It’s taken so many years, but it’s amazing that people are able to feel comfortable enough to express who they are on social media. There are always going to be homophobic trolls, but at the end of the day, the positive will always outweigh the negative. 

Congratulations to James, Darianka, Nessa, and anyone else that have chosen to come out this year. 

If you’re still ‘in the closet’, please don’t ever feel like you have to come out. It’s a process, and you deserve the opportunity to come out when you’re comfortable and ready. Until then, keep being your incredible self, and we’re all proud of you. 

An Interview With 2021’s Rising Artist: Annika Grace

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Having money and fame can be such a wonderful thing… but at what cost? Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Eminem… All of them have written songs about what fame can do to to one’s mental health.

Well, recently, I caught up with up and coming artist, Annika Grace, to discuss her latest single, “Chasing Clouds”. The song dives deep into the world of fame, and how ‘numbers’ are all that seem to matter now.

1. Tell us a bit about how your passion for music first came to fruition.

“When I was growing up, I was the super shy kid and was bullied in middle school. When I first started playing and writing music at around that time, it became this outlet for me to say whatever I needed to say through music. My parents also always played music like One Republic, Five for Fighting and Carolina Liar throughout the house in the mornings, and I loved the lyrics, and how honest and vulnerable they were. It inspired me to want to write lyrics like that. My godfather was a composer for T.V. and film. So, for Christmas one year, he brought over some of his equipment and from there, I was hooked. Those first few years of finding my passion for music was really shaped by those experiences.”

2. You’ve collaborated with Jack Fruit on “Never Have I Ever”. Was that your first collaboration, & what was the songwriting process like?

“It was! It was my first duet and it was so much fun to create together. It was actually the first song we ever wrote together, and our first time meeting each other. Our friend had set us up to co-write and instantly, we just clicked and wrote ‘Never Have I Ever’ in like 20 minutes. It was one of the fastest sessions I’ve ever been in. Once we got the lyrics and melody down, we actually sat on the song for a few months until we found the right producer for it, which was Taylor Wilzbach. After that, we all got together at his studio in Calabasas and finished up the vocals, and that was that. It was a pretty organic process.”

3. Out of all of the songs that you’ve written thus far, which song contains the most sentimental value to you, and why?

“That’s a really hard question, but I would say ‘Red Lights’ — which is my oldest song on Spotify… And the first song I ever put out when I was 17 years old probably holds the most sentimental value, because it was where it all started. But, I’d say the song that holds the most value, message wise, would be ‘Anybody Out There’, because it’s a super personal song to me, and the lyrics are the most honest and vulnerable version of myself and who I want to be. The song is all about feeling lost, and wondering if there is ‘anybody out there’ who feels the way you do and/or has the same values.”

4. Once the music scene returns to normal, post-pandemic, where do you see yourself performing your music?

“I would love to do more shows in LA and New York, at my favorite venues like Madame Siam, Hotel Café and Rockwood. I really miss those stages. Shows like Sofar Sounds I can’t wait to have back as well, because you can really interact with the audience, and it’s super intimate. What I miss most about the music scene is just meeting new people and actually getting to know the people who come to your shows. It’s always so special. Also, a big goal and dream of mine is to perform at some festivals. I think once music comes back, outdoor shows are going to be really popular.”

5. “Chasing Clouds” is your most recent release, and the lyrics are so incredibly powerful. What inspired you to write that song?

“Thank you! I remember when I got into the writing session with Spencer, Mark and Sam, we all were talking about social media and how much it has taken over our lives. I have grown up in LA and I’ve seen first hand how fame can lift people up as fast as it will take people down. We put people on pedestals to be chased by others who want to be up on that pedestal too. It becomes an obsession of who can get higher in the social ladder. That’s what really inspired the whole concept of ‘Chasing Clouds’ — like how we chase ‘clout’, as we call it. It’s sad that I feel sometimes we see follower numbers, instead of people.”

6. The music video for “Chasing Clouds” contains a prominent, visual storyline. Were those visual effects planned far in advanced, or was it a spontaneous decision?

“I always had this vision when the music video was first a conversation, that I wanted it to be animated. I felt it was the best way to explain the message. From the start, I planned out that I wanted all things social media cluttering up the screen in a way, to show how it can control us sometimes. Whitney, the animator and videographer, did such a great job of taking that vision and running with it.”

7. For someone who’s never written a song before, what advice could you give them on how to get started in the music industry?

“I’d say, don’t be afraid of rejection. It will happen. Not everyone will like your music and that’s okay. I think just being true to your vision and sticking with who you are and want your music to sound like is the best advice I can give. A lot of people will try to make you sound more ‘commercial’ or more ‘sellable’, but in the end, it’s just the good music that breaks through and that everybody loves — whether that be commercial or not.”

8. Where can the fans keep up with all of your upcoming projects?

“I’m super active on Instagram, so all the juicy details will be posted there before anywhere else! My Instagram is @annikagracemusic! You can also check up on my music and videos on Spotify and YouTube under Annika Grace. I finally downloaded Tik Tok during COVID, and I post all my upcoming projects there as well. You can check me and all of my more embarrassing content there, under @annikagracemusic .”

“The Bachelorette” Continues, As The Noah and Bennett Feud Intensifies

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It’s now Week 8 at the La Quinta Resort. Noah and Bennett still have some clear tension, but we’ll get back to that later on.

First, we learn that there will be two group dates and two one-on-one dates this week. However, instead of Chris Harrison hosting the series of events, he’s taking a temporary leave (to help his son move into college). Serving as his replacement for the week, is none other than Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher. Fletcher was initially a contestant on Season 20 of “The Bachelor”, before becoming Season 12’s new bachelorette.

Fletcher is currently engaged to Season 12 contestant, Jordan Rodgers.

The day began with a one-on-one date. Zac received the date card, and it was off to the races. The date consisted of a wedding photoshoot. Zac and Tayshia both had to dress up, as if they were getting their photo taken on the day of their wedding. 

Although Tayshia was hesitant at first, Zac was able to make her feel comfortable enough, to the point where they laughed it off. Later, Zac opened up about why his previous marriage didn’t workout. According to Zac, he had gotten surgery for a life-threatening brain tumor, and post-surgery, he made the impulse decision to marry his [at the time] girlfriend. 

He began receiving drugs for the pain, which led to a substance abuse and alcohol addiction. It got so bad, to the point where his wife could no longer be with him. He also revealed that he had stolen his father’s check book, and that when he went to the bank, the bank teller called his father.

Following that incident, Zac got his life together, went to rehab, and became the man that he is today. Tayshia wholeheartedly appreciated the fact that Zac was able to be so vulnerable with her. Zac got the one-on-one rose. 

Back at the villa, Brendan read the group date card for the following day. Noah, Bennett, Ed, Spencer, Brendan, Ben, Ivan, Blake, Riley, Demar were amongst the group date candidates.

This meant that Eazy had acquired a one-on-one date with Tayshia.

Zac and Tayshia’s date ended with a romantic ferris wheel ride, and a heartfelt chat. Tayshia even admitted that she ‘hadn’t felt this way’ in a while. 

The following day, the men walked into their group date, and were surprisingly greeted by a naked couple. They were embracing one another. Tayshia explained that this group date will consist of ‘using one’s creative mind’ to sketch a portrait of the couple. 

Just as Noah went to sit next to Tayshia for the event, Bennett swooped in and claimed his ‘alpha dog’ role. Noah willingly got up and sat somewhere else, while Bennett continued to throw subtle jabs at Noah. 

Everyone had to create a clay sculpture, and Bennett’s concoction was very wealthy-based. He showed how many homes he and Tayshia would own — including a massive vacation home in The Hamptons. Noah found that speech to be very ‘privileged’, and even made a comedic jab towards Bennett’s spelling. 

The final round of artistry consisted of a self-portrait. As with any professional art piece, each contestant must present their artist statement. The winner of the third round would get to spend some quality time with Tayshia.

Most of the contestants opened up a lot, through their self portraits, and their creativity and honesty was present beyond words. Ben wasn’t sure if he could let his walls down, in the same way that the other contestants had. However, he surprised both him and Tayshia, when he not only expressed himself emotionally, but also physically… I mean, physically, physically… like, buttocks and all. 

When the time came to choose a winner, Tayshia decided to choose everyone. She made sure to extend her time with the contestants, and it worked out in her favor. Ben opened up to her about his previous eating disorder, and why he became a fitness/nutritional trainer. Ben received the group date rose. 

Just before Tayshia left for the night, she expressed her discontent with Noah and Bennett. Though Tayshia didn’t know exactly what what was going on between Noah and Bennett, she claimed that she was “going to get to the bottom of it”.

The next day was her one-on-one date with Eazy, and let’s just say that it wasn’t your traditional first date. After scaring the living pie out of Eazy, she revealed that their date would consist of ‘ghost hunting’. There were some crazy haunted stories about the La Quinta Resort and its property.

There were a lot of jump scares and screaming from Tayshia and Eazy. It was quite hilarious. They discovered a doll, heard random breathing, and items randomly fell off of shelves. Later on, although they had a wonderful dinner, Tayshia admitted that she wasn’t going to give Eazy the rose. She stated that although he was a great person, she didn’t feel a strong enough connection. 

Before the cocktail party, JoJo appeared to reveal that Tayshia would like to meet with Bennett and Noah, and that one of them would be going home before the rose ceremony.

Bennett brought a series of presents for Noah: a pair of used mustache socks, a red bandana to signify ‘no bad blood’, and an ’emotional intelligence’ book… Umm, okay?

Before Tayshia arrived, there was a bit of a verbal argument between the two.

The episode ended in a cliffhanger. No one was chosen to go home in this episode, and although the following episode alludes to Bennett’s departure, when it comes to “The Bachelorette”, you can never be too sure.

Bryce Hall and Addison Rae Confirm Their Relationship

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For the past few months, fans have been wondering if the ‘Braddison’ duo are dating again. 

Bryce Hall and Addison Rae first sparked dating rumors, after they posted their first TikTok together in October of 2019. 

By November, they started using their new ‘ship’ to their advantage. They kept stating that they were ‘just friends’, but their on-camera chemistry was too much for them to deny.

For New Years Eve, Bryce posted a series of Instagram photos, filled with different kisses that he received for the new year. One of those kisses just so happened to be with his ‘friend’, Addison.

Since then, people have created an entire fandom, surrounding ‘Braddison’. There are Braddison fan pages, Braddison fan edits and more, directly meant to support the [at the time] unofficial couple. 

However, it seemed as though Braddison was on/off with their relationship. At times, they would post on social media together, and during other times, they wouldn’t even interact with one another. Braddison shippers were always so confused about where their relationship stood. 

Well, on Halloween of 2020, the two dressed up as The Joker and Harley Quinn. They posted some cute TikToks with one another, and once again, fans were convinced that the two love birds were back together.

Later on, Hall and Rae were spotted at the infamous Saddle Ranch Chop House, in West Hollywood. The Hollywood Fix captured a video of the two sharing a kiss, behind the restaurant. Within no time, the video was shared onto TikTokRoom, — ultimately confirming fan speculation that the two have started dating again.

Shortly after the video was release, Hall uploaded a YouTube video, titled: “SPIN THE BOTTLE”. In the video, Hall and Rae played a friendly game of ‘Spin The Bottle’ with Dixie D’Amelio and Noah Beck. As you can probably guess, Hall and Rae did kiss at one point. 

When asked by paparazzi and media outlets, they continued to insist that they were still ‘just friends’… that is, until yesterday. 

Yesterday, Rae broke the internet, when she announced the title of her new YouTube video, “THE TRUTH ABOUT US”.

In the video, she showcased a workout routine with Hall, while answering some common fan questions about their relationship.

They answered questions about when they first had feelings for one another, first impressions of one another, and they also admitted that they once dated for three days. 

According to Rae, “we’ve only broken up one time, and that was because we dated for three days. It is true. I know I denied that, but we did date for three days, and then I broke up with you.”

She then goes on to reveal that, “after Bryce’s little mishap, then we started talking every day and hanging out again. We ended things again [talking] after his birthday… ‘We saw each other at places and I didn’t talk to you’”.

Finally, Rae answered the question that fans have been dying to know: “Are Bryce and Addison dating?”

The short answer is yes. She confirmed that they’re dating, and that Hall officially asked Rae to be his girlfriend on October 13th. 

They look so happy and in love with one another. Bryce and Addison, we wish you the absolute best, and we hope you make it past December 3rd!

The 2020 TikTokRoom Awards Show Was Last Night, And We’ve Got You Covered

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Last night was the first ever TikTokRoom Awards Show. With 28 categories and over 100 nominations, the winners were chosen, based off of fan votes.

TikTokRoom opened the voting polls at 12 AM on Friday, November 27th. Fans had 24 hours to cast their votes for each category, and Sienna Gomez won 7/28 categories. Hype House member, Jack Wright, also won various categories. 

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Style [Female]:

  • Arii
  • Kenzie Ziegler
  • Nessa Barrett
  • Sissy Sheridan
  • Avani Gregg (Winner)
  • Addison Rae
  • Nailea Devora
  • Loren Gray
  • Mads Lewis
  • Ellie Zeiler
  • Amelie Zilber

Best Style [Male]:

  • Anthony Reeves
  • Baron
  • Quinton Griggs
  • Chase Hudson (Winner)
  • Vinnie Hacker
  • Noah Miller
  • Jaden Hossler
  • Wisdom Kaye
  • Troy Zarba
  • Alex Guzman

Most Active With Fans:

  • Addison Rae
  • Noah Beck
  • Kenzie Ziegler
  • Larray
  • Charli D’Amelio (Winner)
  • Skai Jackson
  • Alejandro Rosario
  • Jayden Bartels

Best House:

  • Not A Content House
  • Hype House
  • Sway House (Winner)

Most Positive:

  • Addison Rae
  • Loren Gray
  • Sienna Mae (Winner)
  • Sissy Sheridan
  • Charli D’Amelio
  • Amelie Zilber

Best YouTuber:

  • Bryce Hall
  • Alex Warren
  • Thomas Petrou
  • Larray (Winner)
  • Josh Richards

Most Talented Musician:

  • Dixie D’Amelio
  • Johnny Orlando
  • Jaden Hossler (Winner)
  • Jacob Sartorius
  • Nessa Barrett

Best Song:

  • “Be Happy” by Dixie D’Amelio
  • “Angels & Demons” by Jaden Hossler (Winner)
  • “Pain” by Nessa Barrett

Best Makeup:

  • Nikita Dragun
  • Vereena Sayed
  • Abby Roberts
  • James Charles (Winner)
  • Avani Gregg
  • Charlotte Roberts

Best Hair:

  • Larray
  • Addison Rae
  • Dejuane Mccoy
  • Charli D’Amelio
  • Devyn Winkler (Winner)
  • Avani Gregg
  • Diego Martir
  • Tati Mitchell
  • Cherry Hunt

Best Fandom:

  • Vinnie Hacker
  • Addison Rae
  • Nessa Barrett
  • Charli D’Amelio
  • Griffin Johnson
  • Sienna May (Winner)
  • Bryce Hall
  • Jules Leblanc
  • Avani Gregg

Best Dance Creator:

  • Jalaiah Harmon
  • Jeff Tingz
  • Skai Beauty
  • Tdfw.shot
  • Haley Sharpe (Winner)
  • Jean-Victor Mackie

Best Group/Duo:

  • Triple A
  • 4Freakshow (Winner)
  • Perkin Sisters
  • Wright Brothers
  • New Jersey Boys
  • Wiggles
  • D’Amelios

Best Disstrack:

  • “Convenient” by Griffin Johnson
  • “Cancelled” by Larray (Winner)
  • “Still Softish” by Josh Richards & Bryce Hall

Kindest TikToker:

  • Jack Wright
  • Amelie Zilber
  • Blake Gray
  • Sienna May (Winner)
  • Addison Rae
  • Jules LeBlanc
  • Charli D’Amelio
  • Nessa Barrett

Best Comeback/Clapback:

  • Larray
  • Bryce Hall
  • James Charles (Winner)
  • Dixie D’Amelio
  • Nikita Dragun

Best Dancer [Male]:

  • Jeff Tingz
  • Wright Brothers (Winner)
  • Zach Jelks
  • Ondreaz Lopez
  • Jean-Victor Mackie
  • Baron

Best Dancer [Female]:

  • Haley Sharpe
  • Zoi Lerma
  • Charli D’Amelio (Winner)
  • Addison Rae 
  • Jalaiah Harmon
  • Syera Plitt
  • Kenzie Ziegler

Best Role Model:

  • Jack Wright
  • Avani Gregg
  • Amelie Zilber
  • Charli D’Amelio 
  • Jules LeBlanc
  • Sienna May (Winner)

Least Problematic [Female]:

  • Kenzie Ziegler
  • Charli D’Amelio 
  • Sienna May (Winner)

Least Problematic [Male]:

  • Kio Cyr
  • Jack Wright (Winner)
  • Alex Warren
  • Hamzah
  • Larray
  • Vinnie Hacker

Best Ship:

  • Addison Rae and Bryce Hall
  • Sienna May and Jack Wright (Winner)
  • Vereena Sayed and Alex Guzman
  • Jaden Hossler and Mads Lewis

Most Achieved [Male]:

  • Larray
  • Bryce Hall
  • Jack Wright
  • James Charles (Winner)
  • Jaden Hossler
  • Chase Hudson

Most Achieved [Female]:

  • Ellie Zeiler
  • Charli D’Amelio (Winner)
  • Sienna May
  • Avani Gregg
  • Jalaiah Harmon
  • Dixie D’Amelio
  • Addison Rae
  • Nessa Barrett

Favorite TikToker [Male]:

  • Ondreaz Lopez
  • Vinnie Hacker (Winner)
  • Alejandro Rosario
  • Hamzah
  • Tayler Holder
  • Isaak Presley
  • Mattia Polibio
  • Spencer
  • Troy Zarba

Favorite TikToker [Female]:

  • Devyn Winkler
  • Riley Hubatka
  • Charli D’Amelio
  • Brooke Monk
  • Madi Monroe
  • Vereena Sayed
  • Danielle Cohn 
  • Sienna Gomez (Winner)
  • Sarah Lugor

Funniest TikToker:

  • 4Freakshow
  • Tati Mitchell
  • Arrington Allen
  • Larray (Winner)
  • Spencer
  • Quenlin Blackwell
  • Noah Miller

Best Couple:

  • Cynthia Parker and Quinton Griggs
  • Lauren Kettering and Gio
  • Zoi Lerma and Baron
  • Amelie Zilber and Blake Gray
  • Avani Gregg and Anthony Reeves
  • Dixie D’Amelio and Noah Beck (Winner)
  • Sissy Sheridan and Miles Despair

TikTokRoom is Hosting Their First TikTok-Related Awards Show

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TikTok has been growing tremendously in the last year, with creators forming their own TikTok creator houses. It all started with the Hype House, followed by the Sway House. Now, there’s over 25 TikTok-related content houses, such as: Not A Content House, Clubhouse BH, The Vault, etc. 

As more creators began to modernize the TikTok platform, the public soon realized that TikTok was more than just a ‘teen dance’ app. The short form application is now used for growing dancers to showcase their talent, up and coming artists to promote their new music (in hopes that one will turn into a viral trend), and for the public to spread awareness about current issues that are going on in the world. 

The app was originally called “Musical.ly”, but in 2017, Bytedance acquired the app and renamed it “TikTok”.

However, as social media influencers’ presence began to increase, so did the public’s awareness of mistakes, failed judgements, and drama. 

TikTokRoom (formerly known as the MuserShadeRoom) was originally an Instagram ‘tea’ page, dedicated to posting the latest gossip, tea, and updates about the most popular influencers on Musical.ly. 

However, once new social media influencers began to skyrocket onto TikTok, the ‘MuserShade Room’ became ‘TikTokRoom’.

When the pandemic first began, millions began to download TikTok, and before long, TikTokRoom gained 1 million followers on Instagram. Popular influencers, such as Dixie D’Amelio, Noah Beck, Bryce Hall, Charli D’Amelio, etc. began to keep up with what was being posted on TikTokRoom.

If an influencer was involved in drama, people would refresh TikTokRoom to see if they had posted anything about it. Back in July, when Chase Hudson was involved in a Twitter scandal, TikTokRoom was posting updated tweets every 5-10 minutes. The page is run by Nat and Elasia. They’re constantly on their A-game, and they’re always up-to-date on the latest social media drama. 

Well, recently, they’ve announced that they’re hosting their first TikTok-related awards show: The TikTokRoom Awards. 

The awards show will be on Saturday, November 28th (Time is TBA). Voting is currently open, until 12 AM EST on Saturday.

If you’d like to go vote for your favorite creators, head over to their Google forms voting list!

Use the hashtag: “ #TTRAwards2020” to stay up to date with further details, regarding the show!

Noah Brings Up The House Drama, During Week 7 of “The Bachelorette”

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It’s a new day at La Quinta Resort, which means new drama, competition, and a whole lot of tension. 

If you missed last week’s episode, feel free to catch up with a recap through our previous article.

This week started off with a new group date, featuring: Bennett, Ivan, Blake, Riley, Demar, Zac, and Kenny. 

Their first task, according to Chris Harrison, was to take the time to write a love song for Tayshia. This involved writing lyrics, with the option to accompany their performance with an instrument of their choice.

Zac kicked things off with a very interesting performance. Honestly, A+ for effort, and at least he rhymed the lyrics!

Kenny admitted to being nervous, but he gave it his all and tried his best for Tayshia. 

Blake’s performance was playful, witty, and absolutely amusing. Tayshia looked like she was having a great time, listening to the men.

Then, there was Bennett… Ah, Bennett. A true Harvard man, who got a little too confident in himself. Although he seemed amused in front of the camera, behind the scenes, he was acting extremely full of himself. He was blunt and straight to the point — admitting that “Riley didn’t really step up, because he was being ‘classic Riley’”. He also said that “I’m not worried about Blake. He stands zero chance.”

Ivan’s performance was so wholesome and sweet. He didn’t use an instrument, but he wrote a beautiful verse, pouring his heart out to Tayshia. He rapped about the storyline of “The Bachelorette” — mentioning Clare and her departure, his excitement when he first met Tayshia, and how he can really picture her as his future wife. 

Demar said some supportive words, behind the scenes, about Ivan, and we love to see it! Speaking of Demar, he came through with his song. He tried his best to sing, but his lyrics + the guitar were actually really genuine and the tune was catchy. He even titled the song, “Mocha Latte”. We stan an original king.

After everyone’s performance, Tayshia chose the winner: Ivan. As the winner of the song-writing competition, Ivan won a one-on-one date with Tayshia.

He arrived at her cottage, and the two had such a fun, magical night together. They ordered room service, played ‘the floor is lava’, whacked each other with fluffy pillows, and indulged in the biggest ice cream sundae that I’ve ever seen. 

While this date was going on, we hopped back into the common room area, to catch up with the other contestants. Another group date was announced, involving: Demar, Kenny, Zac, Bennett, Riley, and Blake. Noah expressed his disappointment, with not being chosen for the group date.

This stirred up a verbal altercation between Bennett and Noah, until Noah accepted defeat.

Back with Tayshia and Ivan, they began to talk about family values and morals. Tayshia mentioned that she was raised to always practice and believe in her faith, while Ivan spoke about his brother. Ivan was never interested in doing drugs or alcohol — a main reason being to serve as a positive role model for his little brother.

However, he then revealed that while he was in college, his little brother involved himself in negative practices, and it caused him to live 4 years of his life behind bars. 

Ivan started to get emotional, when he admitted that during the first two years of his niece’s life, she had to see her father in a prison building, through a glass pane. 

The conversation topic then switched to that of the Black Lives Matter movement. Tayshia began to get emotional, while talking about her feelings towards everything. She also opened up about feeling like she was the ‘odd one out’, as she grew up in a primarily Caucasian area of California. 

Ivan was given the one-on-one date rose. 

The next day was the second group date. Tayshia, Becca Kufrin and Sydney Lotuaco hosted the event. The date consisted of Truth or Dare: Tayshia style.

Since there were six men on the group date, the hosts divided the men up into 3 teams:

  1. Riley and Zac
  2. Demar and Bennett
  3. Kenny and Blake

Riley had to chug a disgusting, scorpion-filled smoothie. He must really care deeply about Tayshia, because even though he almost vomited, he completed the dare. Zac chugged the smoothie and completed the dare as well. 

Next up was Demar and Bennett. Their dare was quite unique and incredibly hilarious. They interrupted Chris Harrison’s lobster/champagne themed lunch, to ask him for his autograph. However, the autograph was required to be written on a body part, typically hidden by under garments. Although he was initially taken aback, Harrison obliged.

Blake and Kenny had to give a public impression of what they sound like, during an intimate moment. They had to use the telephone to voice their sounds onto the hotel speaker. The men who weren’t chosen to be on the group date were so confused, yet amused, by this random notion. 

As soon as they had completed their dares, they switched places and began a new dare, until there were no more dares left.  

Their last dare of the day was for each contestant to eat a full habanero pepper, and immediately drop to one knee, and fake-propose to Tayshia. 

All of their speeches were so sweet and thoughtful, & some of them even shed a tear — a nice touch, thanks to the side effects of the habanero peppers. 

Later that night, the men returned for a round of ‘truths’. Although all of the men began to open up, we saw a different side of Riley and Blake. They let their walls down and spoke their truth towards Tayshia, which she seemed to very much appreciate. 

However, she felt a stronger connection with Zac, which is why he ended up receiving the group date rose. 

Although the group date ended that night, Ben made his way over to Tayshia’s room at 2:30 a.m. He wanted to clear up the misunderstanding that he ‘didn’t care’ about Tayshia, and he wanted to prove that he was always going to show up for her. 

Meanwhile, Ed had the same thought of heading towards Tayshia’s room. However, he stopped in front of the wrong room — Chris Harrison’s room. Harrison invited Ed in for a drink, and man, that was a painfully awkward scene to watch. 

The following night was the cocktail party. Noah pulled Tayshia aside, and expressed his disdain about the tension between him and some of the men.

Tayshia took Noah’s confession, and brought it to the cocktail party. She consolidated the contestants into one room, and bluntly admitted that she would ‘gladly’ eliminate those who try to question her decisions.

Immediately upon leaving the cocktail party, a near-physical altercation occurred, between Ed and Noah.  

At the rose ceremony, everyone received a rose, except for: Chasen, Joe, Kenny, and Jordan.

The 2020 AMAs Were Full of Surprises, and We’ve Got You Covered

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Last night were the 2020 American Music Awards, and although it was different this year due to ongoing circumstances, the venue was flooded with heart, soul, and so much talent. 

Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes opened the AMA’s with their newest collaboration, “Monster”. Mendes had written a majority of the song when he was younger, but he contacted Bieber, hoping that he would be able to add his own truth to the song. Well, Bieber did NOT disappoint. 

This was Mendes and Bieber’s first live performance together, but hopefully not their last. After “Monster”, Bieber stayed on stage to perform an emotional rendition of his other two hit singles: “Lonely” with Benny Blanco, and “Holy”.

“Empire” actress, Taraji P Henson, hosted the AMA’s. She started off the show with an entertaining dance to some of Meg Thee Stallion’s most viral hits. 

Bad Bunny was supposed to perform “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez last night, but unfortunately, he revealed this morning that he had contracted COVID-19, and that was why he was unable to attend last night’s AMA’s. We wish a healthy and speedy recovery for Bad Bunny!

Other AMA performers included: Meg Thee Stallion, The Weeknd, JLo, Katy Perry, Darius Rucker, The Weekend, Kenny G, Lewis Capaldi, Billie Eilish, Jennifer Lopez (JLo), Maluma, Bell Biv Devoe, Dua Lipa, Dan + Shay, iann dior, 24kGoldn, Shawn Mendes (Wonder), Lil Baby, Doja Cat, BeBe Rhexa, Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Barker, BTS, Nelly, and City Spud.

The AMA presenters consisted of: Ciara, Cara Delevingne, Derek Hough, Tayshia Adams, Bad Bunny, Laverne Cox, Becky G., Paris Hilton, Anthony Anderson, Christian Serratos, Kristin Cavallari, Megan Fox, and G-Eazy.

Soul/R&B Album: 

  • “Hot Pink” by Doja Cat
  • “Over It” by Summer Walker
  • “After Hours” by The Weeknd (Winner)

Favorite Pop/Rock Song:

  • “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi
  • “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa (Winner)
  • “Circles” by Post Malone
  • “The Box” by Roddy Ricch
  • “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

Favorite Country Song:

  • “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber (Winner)
  • “The Bones” by Maren Morris
  • “Nobody But You” by Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani

Female Soul/R&B:

  • Jhené Aiko
  • Doja Cat (Winner)
  • Summer Walker

Favorite Latin Female Artist:

  • Karol G
  • Rosalia
  • Becky G (Winner)

Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Song:

  • “WAP” by Cardi B. feat. Meg Thee Stallion (Winner)
  • “Rockstar” by DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch
  • “The Box” by Roddy Ricch

Favorite Soul/R&B Song:

  • “No Guidance” by Chris Brown feat. Drake
  • “Playing Games” by Summer Walker
  • “Heartless” by The Weeknd (Winner)

Artist of the Year:

  • Doja Cat (Winner)
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Roddy Ricch
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • DaBaby
  • Lil Baby
  • Megan Thee Stallion

Pop/Rock Duo/Group:

  • BTS (Winner)
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Maroon 5

Favorite Latin Album:

  • “Emmanuel” by Anuel AA
  • “Las Que No Iban A Salir” by Bad Bunny (Winner)
  • “YHLQMDLG” by Bad Bunny

Favorite Male Soul/R&B Artist:

  • Chris Brown
  • John Legend
  • The Weeknd (Winner)

Collaboration of the Year:

  • “Rain On Me” by Lady GaGa with Ariana Grande
  • “Savage Remix” by Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyonce 
  • “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber (Winner)
  • “WAP” by Cardi B. feat. Megan Thee Stallion
  • “Rockstar” by DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch

Artist of the Year:

  • Justin Bieber
  • Post Malone
  • Roddy Ricch
  • Taylor Swift (Winner)
  • The Weeknd

Swift revealed that the reason that she was unable to accept her AMA award in person, was because she is currently re-recording all of her old music. Can you imagine a “Fearless: 2021” album? Um, YES PLEASE.  

Taraji also mentioned that Swift had won the award for favorite pop/rock female and favorite music video.

David Dobrik made a guest appearance as T-Mobile’s spokesperson. Dobrik mentioned Justin Bieber with a smile on face, and clearly, Dobrik is a fan (aren’t we all, though?). We’ll never forget the infamous collaboration between the two. Bieber and Dobrik collaborated earlier this year to promote the release of Bieber’s single, “Yummy”. 

BTS closed out the AMA’s with a beautiful (and colorful) remote performance of “Life Goes On” and “Dynamite”. Their outfits were groovy, and their dance moves were so perfectly synced.

Charli D’Amelio Hit 100 Million TikTok Followers, And Here’s How She’s Celebrating

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It’s been quite the uphill battle for Charli D’Amelio this week. The internet tried to ‘cancel’ the 16-year-old influencer, after she made a comment about wishing she had hit 100 million followers, within one year of hitting 1 million.

People took that comment as D’Amelio being ‘ungrateful’ for the followers that she did have, and as a result, she lost about one million followers — bringing her down from 99 million followers, to 98 million.

Soon thereafter, she hopped onto Instagram live, where she apologized to the fans that she hurt, but stated that it was a “misunderstanding”. D’Amelio also had an emotional breakdown, after admitting that people had flooded her inbox with death threats and hate… over a YOUTUBE COMMENT.

Then, Trisha Paytas involved herself by trying to get a reaction out of people, and it worked. However, this article is about Charli’s new milestone, so if you’d like to catch up with how Trisha Paytas involved herself, please head over to Insider

Earlier today, Charli announced her latest TikTok milestone: Hitting 100 million followers on the short form app. Not only did she accomplish such a difficult goal, but D’Amelio is also one of the fastest growing social media influencers. 

Several days ago, D’Amelio announced that she had something very special planned when she reached 100 million followers. Today, we finally found out what that was.

After thanking everyone who supported her thus far on her journey, D’Amelio announced that she’s partnering with TikTok to donate $100,000 to the American Dance Movement, on December 1st.

According to D’Amelio, the American Dance Movement is, “an organization that is committed to increasing and improving the access to dance education in the United States.”

D’Amelio continued the video, by stating that an additional $10,000 will be distributed to 10 dance schools in the U.S.

@charlidamelio

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!!! 💕💕

♬ original sound – charli d’amelio

For those of you who may not know much about her, Charli isn’t your average TikToker. While she excels at the ‘renegade’, she’s actually been dancing professionally, since she was 3 years old

Speaking of the renegade, her fans have been begging the social media star to recreate the ‘renegade’ dance to “Lottery” by K CAMP. 

The original dance was created in 2019, by 15-year-old Jalaiah Harmon.

So, what better way to celebrate 100 million followers, than with a 2019 throwback? 

Jalaiah recreated her ‘renegade’ dance, after Charli hit her new milestone. Not even an hour later, Charli duetted the video:

@charlidamelio

#duet with @jalaiahharmon 💕💕💕💕

♬ Lottery – K CAMP

As if that wasn’t already a wonderful treat for the fans, D’Amelio wanted to further show just how much she appreciates her followers. About an hour ago, D’Amelio posted a video, in which she revealed that she will be hosting several free meet and greet sessions.

Due to COVID-19, the meet and greet sessions will be hosted by D’Amelio, via Zoom. She stated that she’ll be posting all of the information on her Twitter, @charlidamelio

However, it looks like the Zoom sessions have already begun. Hopefully, she’ll be conducting more Zoom sessions in the near future!

A huge congratulations goes out to Charli. We hope that you’re able to celebrate with a close family/friends dinner! (Maybe just keep snails off of the menu for a while).

Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber Open Up In Their Latest Collaboration, “Monster”

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Last night, Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes took to social media, to announce the debut of their latest single, “Monster”. This is the first time that the two have collaborated on a song, and Mendes/Bieber fans went wild. 

In 2015, when Mendes was first rising to stardom, Bieber was interviewed by the 95.5 radio station. During the interview, the host asked Bieber if he felt like he could relate to Mendes’ quick rise to stardom. Well, Bieber responded truthfully with the now-infamous meme of, “… who’s Shawn Mendes?”.

It was quite hilarious, and it didn’t take long for the interview to blow up on social media. At the time, Bieber would’ve never guessed that the two would be as close as they are now. 

In fact, during a recent Instagram live, Bieber cleared up the interview response, swearing that “I really didn’t know.. like that was the first time I had ever heard your name”. They also revealed that they will be performing together at the 2020 AMA’s, at 8 PM EST.

In November of 2017, Mendes was reportedly seen showing PDA to Hailey Baldwin at Rita Ora’s EMA Awards afterparty. Although the two had never confirmed that they were officially an item, dating rumors first began when US Weekly caught the two holding hands at a Halloween Party. In May of 2018, Baldwin and Mendes attended the MET Gala together.

Then, in June of 2018, Bieber and Baldwin reconnected, and the rest is history. Social media began to stir up rumors that, due to the fact that Bieber and Mendes had a common ex, they ‘must have beef with one another’.

Thankfully, those rumors were shut down, when Mendes admitted that he was happy for the (at the time) newly engaged couple — Bieber and Baldwin. He stated that he had even sent Baldwin a congratulatory text message. 

In 2019, Observer Magazine made Mendes the cover of their April edition, and crowned the artist with the title of, “prince of pop”.

Bieber hilariously replied to the post by commenting the following:

“Hmm Gonna have to break a few more records to dethrone my title there bud (canadian voice).. but if you want we can play hockey for it but i heard your a real bender on the ice  we could just drop the buckets and tilt for it”.

The Mendes army viewed Bieber’s comment as “shade”, and began to attack the Canadian singer. However, Mendes himself saw the comment as playful banter, and graciously accepted Bieber’s challenge. 

“LOL any time any day you just let me know!!!!!!”, Mendes responded. 

These two Canadian artists remind me of a best-friend movie duo. They complement one another really well, and we’d love to see them double date, post-pandemic! Imagine Shawn and Camila, with Justin and Hailey? Umm, we may have never seen two pretty best friends, but these would be FOUR pretty best friends that we would love to see together. 

Along with their latest single, Mendes and Bieber also released the music video for “Monster”. The music video showcased climbing to the top of a platform and standing up on a pedestal for everyone else to see. In an interview with Elton John, for the VMAN 45 magazine, John asked Mendes to open up about his collaboration with Bieber, and Mendes admitted the following:

“Justin and I have never really had a relationship together, and I had this song called “Monster” that I wrote a long time ago. It’s about how society wants to put celebrities up on a pedestal, but as much as they want to do that, they want to celebrate the fall. It was a time when I was really afraid of my industry and afraid of my craft and afraid of everything. I didn’t have control. Everyone else had control over me. I think it just ended up becoming a metaphor for a bigger thing; that we all put pressure on each other as humans to be great, to be perfect. I called Justin and said, “I have this song and it means a lot to me. If it means something seriously to you and you want to put something very real on it, please be a part of this with me.” And he did. Since then, we have become closer than ever. Sometimes I think that music comes along for a bigger reason, which, for me in this case is to create a song to inspire people, but to also create a friendship that was never there before.”

The fan response has also been extremely positive and authentic. The song is eye opening to people who never realized how hard being in the public eye can be. 

One fan stated that, “this is deep. I guess they’ve been wanting to tell the people out there how they felt growing up struggling, but instead, they tried to become what society wanted them to be”.

“Monster” is currently set at #9 on the iTunes charts, and now has over 11 million views on their music video. 

Although this is Bieber and Mendes’ first collaboration together, hopefully it won’t be their last!