After revealing that she had purchased a mortgage-free home at the age of 21, a TikTok influencer, Katylee Bailey, was compelled to apologize for “bragging.” In a video shared with her 2.8 million followers, Ms. Bailey popped a bottle of confetti to commemorate her first step onto the property ladder.
Her post, which was captioned “Biggest achievement of my life. Here’s to my new chapter,” received nearly four million views on the platform. However, some of her followers chastised her for their inability to make ends meet due to the cost-of-living crisis. It was prompting her to apologize.
One commenter stated. “And I can’t even afford to buy myself a dairy milk bar from the Co-op.” While another said, “Well done. But it’s crazy that people work, saving throughout their lives, and will probably work until they’re 70 to pay off the mortgage.”
Another user said: “There’s me working my arse off every week fixing cars and could just act stupid in front of a camera to get a mortgage.” A fourth user commented: “So sad the people that work the least get this, and people putting their life on the line can barely afford heating.”
Subsequently, the 21-year-old influencer published a follow-up video in which she acknowledged the backlash. She additionally realized how fortunate she was.
In the clip, which has amassed almost four million views, she stated. “I wanted to apologize to anyone who feels like I’m flaunting my home purchase. I’m well aware that the system is completely messed up, and I’m still in disbelief at how fortunate I am.”
She also revealed that she didn’t come from a wealthy background and never imagined owning a home at her age. “But believe or not, as much as some of you guys don’t wanna understand this, I do actually work, and let me tell you something, social media is so mentally draining. I know there are many people out there who work their a***s off. I genuinely did just fall lucky with social media. And yes my family has given me an amazing life.”
“But I didn’t get brought up with the money, so to be able to achieve such a big thing at 21 years old, I’m just so grateful. It’s not me bragging, it’s me being so proud of myself. I think if anyone else had the opportunity, they’d do it.” She added.
Some chose to accuse her of falling into money, others praised her
As a result, Ms. Bailey was showered with support from her admirers. One person remarked, “That’s incredible! So many ‘influencers’ just purchase designer handbags and flashy vehicles, but you’ve truly set yourself up for life, amazing Katy!” Influencer Miriam Mullins added, “You deserve it so much, Katylee. You’ve obviously worked tirelessly to reach this point and should be proud of yourself. These are just envious people.”
According to the Telegraph and Argus, Bailey initially began her TikTok account “for enjoyment,” but she now earns roughly $1200 for each video she shares as a content creator. She opted to abandon her studies and concentrate solely on social media.
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