Charli D’Amelio broke down in tears over the backlash she’s received for her ‘rude’ treatment of her personal chef in her family’s controversial new video, revealing that people have been telling her to kill herself over her behavior.
The 16-year-old lost one million TikTok followers in one day over the fallout, but in an emotional Instagram Live video that she filmed on Thursday, she insisted it was all a ‘misunderstanding.’
‘Seeing how people reacted to this, like, I don’t even know if I want to do this anymore,’ she sobbed. ‘Like this is messed up stuff that people are saying. Like people telling me to hang myself.’
Heartbreaking: Charli, 16, broke down in an Instagram Live on Thursday, revealing that people have been cruelly telling her to kill herself
‘People just blatantly disrespecting the fact that I’m still a human being is not OK at all,’ she continued ‘Like you can hate on me for whatever I’ve done, but the fact that all of this is happening because [of] a misunderstanding.
‘Like I just feel like that’s not OK, and if this is the community that I’m in and the community that I put myself in, I don’t know if I want to do that anymore.’
A tearful Charli then urged her followers to be kind to others on social media.
‘I know that this is gonna be a huge joke to whoever sees it, but like, at the end of the day, just, like, be nice,’ she said.
‘I feel like it’s not that hard, and you can say whatever. You can say I’m disrespectful, you can say I don’t have basic human decency, but at the end of the day, I’m still a person.’
Lesson to learn: She insisted ‘all of this is happening because [of] a misunderstanding’ and begged people to be ‘nice’ on social media
Before filming her emotional Instagram Live, she tweeted a link to a mental health resource, writing: ‘If anyone is struggling please do not hesitate to ask for help! you matter!’
In a follow-up tweet, the teen star said she plans on moving on from the criticism because she knows she is a ‘good person.’
‘Tomorrow I will be back posting normal content with a smile on my face!’ she wrote. ‘At the end of the day I know I am a good person with a good heart and I will never change that about myself. I love you all!!’
The video in question was the debut of their new Dinner with the D’Amelios series that is being featured on their recently launched family YouTube channel.
Backlash: Charli and her sister Dixie D’Amelio have both been slammed for their appalling table manners and rude treatment of their personal chef in their new video
Losing fans: Charli had more than 99.5 million followers as of Wednesday evening. That number has since plummeted to 98.5 million
The TikTok stars sat down with their parents, Marc and Heidi, and their first mystery guest, YouTuber and beauty influencer James Charles.
The episode has been trending on YouTube since it was shared on Monday, but many people were less than impressed with what they saw.
Throughout the dinner, Charli and Dixie made faces and gagged in response to their chef Aaron May’s offerings. At one point, Dixie, 19, even ran outside to throw up.
Charli, who reigns supreme as TikTok’s most-popular star, had more than 99.5 million followers as of Wednesday evening. That number has since plummeted to 98.5 million.
Ironically, before the controversy, Charli was just 500,000 followers shy of reaching her goal of one million by the end of the year, which she mentioned in the video.
It’s over: Charli tweeted on Thursday night that she plans to move on from the controversy and start posting ‘normal content’ again
Reaching out: Earlier in the day, she shared a link to a mental resource for fans who are struggling
Hitting back: James Charles and chef Aaron May have also defended the girls, with the latter confirming someone from production had come up with the idea of feeding them snails
‘I wish I had more time. Imagine if I hit 100 million a year after hitting one million,’ she told James.
‘Was the 95 million not enough for you?’ James sarcastically replied, though he stuck up for his friend on Twitter.
‘This Charli situation is NOT sitting right with me… 100M followers in one year & y’all expect her to know how to be a perfect role model? Death threats because she’s a picky eater & made a joke about a milestone? 30+ year olds dragging someone half their age? Feels familiar,’ he tweeted on Thursday, seemingly referencing the scandals and backlash he has faced in the past.
Dixie, whose behavior was arguably more abhorrent, lost about 100,000 followers over the controversy, going from 43.9 million to 43.8 million in less than 24 hours, but by Friday she had gained them back.
The older D’Amelio sister responded to the backlash with a TikTok, insisting people should ‘know the full story’ before criticizing her and sending her hateful comments.
‘My family and I have been working with Chef Aaron May for a couple of months now, working on content for our channel and working on content for his channel, and [we’ve] made an amazing friendship,’ she said.
‘Before I even get into anything, I’m so grateful for every single person that follows me, every single person I care about, every single person I work with, every single person who works with me because I’m just so grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve had.’
The purge: Dixie, 19, also lost 100,000 followers, going from 43.9 million to 43.8 million in just one day
They’re back! By Friday, Dixie had the 100,000 followers she lost back
Not what you think: Dixie addressed her vomiting during the dinner in a TikTok video on Wednesday, claiming it was taken out of context
Dixie insisted the reaction to her throwing up at the dinner was taken out of context. She claimed she wasn’t being ‘disrespectful’ toward the chef, saying the video’s final cut doesn’t include the footage of Aaron and her team trying to get her to eat the snail, knowing she has a sensitive stomach.
‘My team knows I throw up a lot. I throw up at the smell, the thought, or the taste of anything. So, when they saw the snails, they were like, “Oh, let’s get her and try to see if we can get a reaction out of her,”‘ she explained. ‘I love [our] chef, and I would never disrespect him in any way.’
Aaron confirmed Dixie’s story, agreeing that the backlash has been ‘blown out of proportion.’
‘Someone on production thought it would be funny to feed Dixie and Charli snails,” May told The Hollywood Fix. ‘They didn’t take it the best. I love Dixie and Charli, I’ve worked with them before, I’m going to work with them again. Those girls are the greatest, I love them. It was all fun and games.’
Since the video was posted, critics have been calling out Charli and Dixie for their behavior, with many insisting James was the only one with manners at the table.
Start: During the video in question, Charli, Dixie, and their parents ate with James for the first episode of their new YouTube series Dinner with the D’Amelios
Bad news: Dixie made faces as she picked apart the food with her fingers and was later accused of being ‘rude’ to their personal chef Aaron
Grossed out: Both sisters were appalled to learn there were snails in the traditional paella they were served, prompting Dixie to make gagging noises in disgust
The meal was prepared by their chef Aaron, who made a traditional paella as well as a vegan version for Heidi. While Marc was introducing Aaron, Charli made faces and sarcastically clapped her hands. She also made faces as he described the meal he was serving them.
However, Dixie’s behavior was even more appalling, despite her being the older sister. James was obliviously chatting away when she picked a piece of food off of her plate and made faces as she pulled it apart. Dixie then sniffed what was in her hand and mimed gagging.
‘What is that?’ she mouthed, prompting a confused James to ask what everyone else was laughing at.
‘What is this?’ Dixie repeated, holding up the piece of food in her hand.
‘It’s mushroom,’ her dad said, but she wouldn’t let it go.
Table manners: Dixie made show of eating the snail, but she later said that Aaron and her team talked her into eating it because they knew how she would react
Seriously? As soon as she bit into the snail, she turned over and started to gag at the table
‘No, it’s not! That’s a snail,’ she insisted.
The chef confirmed that it actually was a snail and Dixie threw her head back in disgust while her sister’s draw dropped. He laughed as she made gagging noises but noted that it’s actually a classic paella ingredient.
Charli put her hand over her mouth as if she were going to vomit while he explained that snails bring ‘good luck and good fortune’ if you eat one.
Dixie then made a big show of eating the snail, as her mom turned away in disgust, sarcastically saying, ‘Mmm, yummy,’ before immediately turning to the side of the table and gagging.
Her parents chided her for being dramatic and Heidi yelled at her to excuse herself from the table.
Insult: Dixie then ran outside to throw up while their chef asked if she was being serious
No shame: Dixie admitted she had thrown up while cleaning herself up outside
‘Eww!’ Their dinner guest, James, was appalled by Dixie’s behavior
‘Is she being real or is she being dramatic?’ Aaron asked.
Dixie then ran outside to throw up, which James, unfortunately, witnessed.
‘Oh, she actually threw up,’ he said, understandably appalled. ‘Eww!’
In the middle of this, Charli rudely asked out loud: ‘Do we have any Dino nuggets?’
Dixie cleaned herself up and came back to eat as if nothing had happened — she even reached for a second helping of paella.
She explained that the snail tasted like ‘chicken’ and was good at first, but there was a salty part that made ‘everything come up.’ She insisted the chef should have known better.
Not funny: Charli was also accused of being a ‘brat’ during the dinner. She made faces and sarcastically clapped when her father introduced their chef
Slightly more restrained: The teen also looked a bit ill when she found out there were snails in the dish
Spoiled? While eating, Charli rudely asked out loud: ‘Do we have any Dino nuggets?’ She also complained about not reaching 100 million followers by the end of the year
‘You have a child — like, what did you think is gonna happen?’ she asked him. ‘Do I have bad luck now? I feel like I need to eat another.’
While Dixie’s vomiting was undoubtedly the most uncomfortable part of the evening, her table manners were also less than desirable. She stuck her fingers in the dessert bowl everyone was eating from and flicked food at her mom.
The video has been viewed 11.6 million times and earned more than 112,000 comments, though many of them were negative.
‘This is just sad,’ one critic wrote. ‘It’s a shame nobody taught these girls manners and an even bigger shame we gave them such a big platform.’
Playing: Dixie flicked food at her mother while waiting for dessert to be served
Umm… While Dixie’s vomiting was undoubtedly the most uncomfortable part of the evening, her table manners were also less than desirable. She even stuck her fingers in the dessert bowl
‘Bruh they seem spoiled as hell,’ someone else noted. ‘They’re acting like little brats. The poor chef.’
‘My mom would’ve slapped me if I acted like that [at] the dinner table,’ another insisted, with many agreeing with him.
‘I’ve never had a problem with the D’Amelios but their behavior was just disgusting,’ one critic shared. ‘I feel so bad for the chef. They acted so bratty, like… there are people who are struggling to feed their families.’
A number of people pointed out that James was doing a better job of scolding the girls for their bad behavior than their parents were.
‘James was literally the only mature one here,’ one person wrote. ‘The fact that HE was the one scolding them and not [their] own parents, says a lot.’
‘It’s sad that James was checking them instead of their own parents,’ someone else agreed, while another added: ‘The only person I see that has manners is James Charles. Not even the parents…’
Rise and fall: The entire D’Amelio family has millions of followers, though Charli now has considerably less
Slammed: The video has been viewed more than 11.6 million times, but many people were disgusted by their behavior and called them ‘brats,’ among other things
‘I’ve been telling y’all that this family is fake and their true colors are gonna be shown.’ one YouTuber user insisted.
Charli, who is a competitive dancer from Norwalk, Connecticut, posted her first TikTok in June 2019. She had a number of videos go viral thanks to her dances featuring choreography, montages, and lip-syncs.
Within a year, she had over 70 million followers and the number continued to climb up until she started losing hundreds of thousands of followers this week.
And it’s not just Charli who has earned celebrity status on the app; the rest of her family boast millions of followers of their own.
This has led to some lucrative sponsorships for Charli and Dixie, who have partnered with Hollister and makeup brand Morphe over the past year.