Colleen Ballinger denied the allegations she ‘prepared’ and formed inappropriate relationships with underage fans.
The YouTuber, 36, who first found fame with his alter ego Miranda Sings, recently took to social media to refute the claims through a song called “Toxic Gossip Train”. In a YouTube video posted on Wednesday, June 28, Ballinger played ukulele and claimed viewers were on a “one-way ticket to the manipulation station” while the internet “tied me to tracks and harassed me for my past.” .
Ballinger began his video by alleging that “some people are saying things about me that just aren’t true” and that “even though my team strongly advised me not to say what I’m going to say, I realized that they never said I couldn’t sing what I wanted to say.
The content creator then jumped into her tune, explaining that she used to tell her fans “to be everyone’s best friends” but “didn’t understand that maybe there should be limits”. She added that she didn’t plan to “take the route” of saying she’s “100% wrong” and that it would amount to “admitting lies and rumors that you made up to gain weight. “.
THE Haters back off The star also claimed that while there were “times in DMs where I shared details of my life that were really weird on my part,” she hasn’t “done this in years” and has already taken “responsibility” for his mistakes.
“The only thing I’ve ever groomed is my two Persian cats / I’m not a groomer, just a loser / who didn’t understand that I shouldn’t respond to fans / and I’m not a predatory though many of you think so / because five years ago I made a fart prank,” she sang into the camera.
Ballinger was accused of grooming her fans earlier this month when YouTuber KodeeRants shared alleged screenshots between a group of young fans and Ballinger. The actress allegedly asked the text string, titled “Colleen’s Weenies,” for their “preferred position” during a particular conversation, according to NBC News. (KodeeRants has since deleted its YouTube and Twitter accounts.)
The allegations against Ballinger began in 2020 when the content creator Adam McIntyre made a video on YouTube claiming that Ballinger formed “an inappropriate personal friendship with him when he was between 13 and 16 years old, which included her sending him lingerie as a joke”.
Ballinger responded to McIntyre’s claims at the time through her own video titled “Addressing Everything”, in which she claimed that McIntyre requested that the underwear be sent to her after posting an unboxing clip online. Ballinger also noted that it became a “big joke within the fandom”.
“Now looking back I see how completely stupid I was, I never should have sent that,” Ballinger added in the 2020 video. “I don’t know what part of my brain was missing at the time I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a normal, stupid thing to do.'”
Speaking to NBC News last week, a fan named Erin explained why the allegations against Ballinger come to light in 2023. , you know, me and the other group of fans who started 10 years ago, we all grown up now,” she told the outlet. “And we recognize…the parasocial relationships that she allowed and encouraged to happen.”