YouTube's First Controversial Viral Star Lonelygirl15 Returns After an Eight-Year Hiatus
By Hillary Bautch
Apparently Lonelygirl15 is still lonely.
One of YouTube's original viral stars, Lonelygirl15, resurfaced on Thursday after a nearly eight year hiatus. In 2006, she launched a confessional vlog series that quickly catapulted her to social media fame.
Her new video -- posted exactly 10 years after the first one -- opens with a cryptic message.
"Did you think that because they were quiet this was over?" Bree Avery, the main character in the Lonelygirl15 drama, asked. "Isn't that when you're supposed to worry, when the guys in suits and symbols disappear all at once? They didn't go anywhere, kids. You did. The world doesn't just freeze when you close your eyes."
"I know, you've got a lot of questions. Questions deserve answers," she continued. "It's the only thing that satisfies them, and I have many. But are you here? Or am I talking to myself? I guess you could say I'm the lonely girl now."
The clip, which has garnered almost 700,000 views, hints of a possible Lonelygirl15 return.
"And if you do show up, I promise, soon enough, we'll have plenty to talk about," she added. "But for now… This should keep you occupied."
The original vlogs series followed the life of Bree, then 16, who spent most of her time talking about her home life and complaining about her tedious homework. As the series continued, she revealed that her family was extremely religious and that she had to participate in some sort of secret ceremony. When her parents went missing, she decided to go on the run with her friend Daniel.
Bree's insane and incredibly entertaining storylines, which included a rumor that she had died back in 2007, eventually gained worldwide attention, but in a surprising twist, it was revealed that the vlog series was actually scripted by filmmakers Miles Beckett, Mesh Flinders, and Greg Goodfried. Bree turned out to be an actress from New Zealand named Jessica Lee Rose.
The news made national headlines and consequently helped Lee Rose's career. In 2007, Forbes named her the top web celebrity, and she also took home the Webby Award for Best Actress.
Lonelygirl15 isn't the only vlogger making headlines as of late. YouTube star Nicole Arbour caused quite a stir last September when she posted a video titled "Dear Fat People."
In the six-minute clip, Arbour rants about how fat-shaming is "not a thing," and humorously encourages people to lose weight. The backlash was major and she only angered more viewers when she responded by saying, "You have to be really f**king slow to be offended by satire."
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