Digital Originals

published : 2023-11-11

21-year-old TikToker Faces Backlash After Buying First Home

Social media star feels 'guilty' for success due to negative comments

A photo of Katylee Bailey, the 21-year-old TikTok influencer, celebrating her accomplishment of buying her first home

A 21-year-old TikTok influencer made headlines in April when she purchased her first home mortgage-free.

But the joy of her achievement was overshadowed by a barrage of negative comments from social media 'haters'.

Katylee Bailey, the U.K.-based content creator, revealed that the vitriol became so intense that she started feeling guilty about her accomplishment.

People accused her of bragging and showing off, causing Bailey's excitement to turn into remorse.

In an interview, she confessed, 'The hate just got worse and worse to the point where I felt guilty for doing such a big accomplishment within my life.'

Bailey's journey to homeownership began when she posted a TikTok video on April 7, sharing her milestone with her followers.

The video quickly went viral, amassing over 4 million views and thousands of comments.

While many celebrated Bailey's success, others criticized her for flaunting her achievement while they struggled financially.

One TikTok user expressed their frustration, saying, 'Like paramedics who save lives 12 hours a day, five to seven days a week, and they still can't afford heating.'

Another commenter lamented, 'I can't even afford to buy myself a dairy milk bar from co-op.'

A screenshot of the viral TikTok video posted by Bailey, showing her clapping and jumping with a fake champagne bottle

Some even went as far as questioning Bailey's legitimacy as an influencer, arguing that she didn't have a 'real' job.

However, Bailey defended herself, highlighting the behind-the-scenes work that goes into her social media career.

She explained, 'I think people forget that even though social media isn't a 9 to 5, there are still so many things that come with it.'

'I still have to pay taxes. I still have to do everything. I have to do my accounts just like a business would,' Bailey added.

Bailey turned to social media as a source of income after leaving college due to remote classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her content revolves around her everyday life, offering glimpses into her family and relationships, and providing relatable advice to her followers.

Through her dedication, Bailey saw her TikTok following skyrocket to 2.9 million, accompanied by nearly 400,000 Instagram followers.

As her audience grew, Bailey started earning money through brand deals, proving to her family and herself that she could support herself financially.

However, the negative comments regarding her first home purchase initially deterred Bailey from actually moving in.

The weight of the criticism was too heavy for her to bear, as she admitted, 'I struggled, and for a long time I didn't actually move into the house just because I felt such a heavy weight on my shoulder.'

An image of Bailey tearfully addressing the negative comments in her powerful video, emphasizing her hard work and determination

Eventually, Bailey found the strength to defy her social media 'haters' and embrace her success fully.

In a powerful video addressing the negative comments, Bailey acknowledged the flaws of the system that allowed her to prosper but emphasized her hard work.

She tearfully apologized to those who felt she was bragging and asserted, 'Yes, the system is absolutely f--ked. I will never get my head around the fact that I've become so lucky, but believe it or not … I do actually work.'

Despite the challenges she faced, Bailey resolved to rise above the negativity.

Reflecting on her social media journey, she shared, 'I've learned from doing social media that you're never going to make everyone happy.'

'There's always going to be people who don't like you,' Bailey continued, 'but at the end of the day, they might be hating, but they're also contributing to get me to where I am.'

The young TikTok star's inspiring story serves as a reminder that success often comes with its share of obstacles, but true determination can overcome even the harshest critics.

Bailey's experience proves that pursuing one's dreams and accomplishing great feats should always be celebrated, regardless of the naysayers.