Lil Tay, Instagram star and self-proclaimed "youngest flexer of the century," has flexed herself into quite a problem. The 9-year-old rapper, whose profanity-laced rants about "broke ass haters" catapulted her to internet fame (she has 1.8 million followers on Instagram), has been revealed to be a bit of a fraud. That's not the end of her problems, either. All that fake "flexing" (we'll stop, we swear) Lil Tay's been doing has also cost her mom her job.
Lil Tay's mom/manager, Angela Tien, was a Vancouver-based realtor and, according to the National Post, was recently caught using her clients' property in order to portray her 9-year-old daughter as filthy rich. The property in question includes luxury cars and a penthouse. The penthouse, in particular, is how people figured out Lil Tay's act. In a video she posted to Instagram, Lil Tay gave viewers a tour of the house, which she alleged was located in Beverly Hills, and claimed the "toilet costs more than your rent."
As it turns out, that penthouse was neither Lil Tay's nor even located in the United States. It was a penthouse in Vancouver where Lil Tay's mom Tien had recently held an open house. The owner of the house, after recognizing the place online, called the real estate company Tien worked for and complained. That got Tien's bosses to take a closer look at Lil Tay's Instagram posts. After perusing the page for only a short time, one boss, David Yang, saw a photo of Lil Tay hanging out in a bright red Mercedes. He recognized the car... as his own. After being confronted with so much proof of Tien's unprofessional behavior, the higher-ups decided it was time to let her go. She caught wind of what was about to happen, though, and resigned before anyone could hand her a pink slip. Now Tien is out of a gig and Lil Tay has lost a major source of swag.
When will people realize that putting on a show for social media followers will only come back to bite them in the butt? All those lies will eventually be found out and no amount of "flexing" will bring back credibility. Not that the credibility of a 9-year-old "rapper" matters all that much. Do you think the fact that Lil Tay has been revealed as a fraud will affect her popularity, or do you think she'll still retain all of her fans? Let us know what you think in the comments!