- Charli D'Amelio went live on Instagram to talk to her followers after losing nearly a million subscribers on TikTok, where she's known as the app's most-followed personality.
- D'Amelio's follower count started falling after a chaotic video was posted on her family's YouTube channel.
- In the video, D'Amelio appeared to be complaining about not hitting 100 million followers. Fans also said that she came off as rude to a private chef.
- D'Amelio tearfully apologized to her followers, and said she had been receiving violent and abusive messages.
- "Blatantly disrespecting the fact that I'm still a human being is not OK at all," she said.
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TikTok users were outraged by Charli D'Amelio this week, and she's lost nearly a million followers on the platform so far. It's a drop in the ocean as far as her TikTok stardom is concerned — she still has a following of over 98 million — but it's the mean comments that she's struggling with, D'Amelio said in a tearful livestream Thursday.
D'Amelio went live on her Instagram page to talk to her followers about the criticism. A YouTube video was posted on her family's channel on November 16, in which some characterized her behavior as "rude," "entitled," and "ungrateful."
Charli tearfully explained it was all 'one huge misunderstanding'
While talking to dinner guest James Charles in the video, D'Amelio appears to complain about not hitting 100 million followers on TikTok within a year. Her sister Dixie also received criticism on social media and in YouTube comments for acting disgusted at a meal cooked by a private chef.
In D'Amelio's livestream, she said she wanted to talk to her fans because it was "all just one huge misunderstanding" and she never meant to come across as arrogant.
"It's completely blown out of proportion," she said, "No matter what I say, no matter how I handle any of this, people are still going to think what they're going to think and that's fine, because those are the people who, in the long run, weren't going to be there for me at the end of the day, and that's fine, I understand that."
She added that she was genuinely sorry, and "it wasn't something where I truly meant to be hurtful, or truly meant to put anyone down."
D'Amelio said this was one time she wasn't trying to put on a "perfect image" that "everyone's telling me I have to be," by making jokes and being sarcastic.
"If that's not what you guys want that's fine and I won't do it again," she said.
D'Amelio says people have been leaving violent, abusive comments
D'Amelio started to cry when talking about some of the hate comments and "messed up stuff" she's received on social media, including some violent and abusive statements.
"Blatantly disrespecting the fact that I'm still a human being is not OK at all," she said, adding that she wasn't sure she wanted to be on the internet anymore.
"If this is the community that I'm in, and the community that I've put myself, I don't know if I want to do that anymore," she said.
D'Amelio's comments section on her livestream was flooded with hearts and supportive messages from her fans.
"Stay strong Charli we love u," one comment reads.
"They're always going to be jealous Charli," says another. "It's sad but it's the facts."
James Charles, who was in the YouTube video, also defended his friend when fans started tagging him in comments.
"Charli is soooo grateful for everyone that supports her," he wrote on TikTok. "I don't like these comments dragging her."
D'Amelio's follower count currently stands at 98,589,000, and is still going down.
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