Avid Instagram browsers have probably heard about viral sensation Lil Tay and wondered about her absence. After someone who claimed to be from her team took over her Instagram and posted some alarming messages, Christopher John Hope is clearing his name of any wrongdoing.
11-year-old Lil Tay rose to fame when she uploaded videos of herself flashing money and jewelry in expensive houses. It turns out that her mom was a real estate agent (that was later fired) that let Tay’s brother direct the videos and post them to social media to make her go viral.
Her account went silent in June leaving followers to question where she’s been.
Earlier this week an anonymous person claiming to be close to the child claimed that Tay was forced to go and live with her ‘abusive’ father, Christopher John Hope, who is after her money. There was also a video uploaded of Tay allegedly confronting the man over a phone call about how he was never a good parent and didn’t want anything to do with her until her newfound fame.
A source close to the situation claimed that Christopher isn’t actually abusive and he filed for custody because he doesn’t want his daughter behaving inappropriately and missing school.
Christopher John Hope revealed to The Blast that he was receiving death threats after the messages were posted.
He then exclusively spoke to Hollywood Life about the shocking situation: “When my daughter’s social media began to go viral this year, I disagreed with most of the social media activity. I took legal steps to stop things which I felt were dangerous to her physical and mental health and to her future. I do not think a 10 year old girl should be put in those situations and made to drop out of school so that she can make money for other people.”
As far as Tay’s future in the spotlight, the concerned parent explained: “My daughter wants to pursue acting and singing, and I support her 100% in following her dreams. I think she was given bad advice about many things earlier this year, and she was steered in the wrong direction by various people.”
Hopefully, the social media star is getting the care that she needs in order to grow up healthy and happy. The publication reports that she will be back with a rebranded and age-appropriate image.