Here's How Charli D'Amelio Reacted To Reaching 100 Million Followers After She Lost Almost A Million Because Of THAT Drama

    It took just a matter of days for Charli to turn things around and, after losing nearly a million followers, she gained back almost double.

    And just like that, Charli D'Amelio is back on top. Well, did she ever really fall from there? Not exactly, but we'll get to that in a minute.

    Yep, after facing an intense backlash over a disastrous YouTube video that saw Charli lose nearly a million followers, the TikTok star has bounced back in extraordinary fashion, not only recovering the number of followers she lost, but almost doubling it.

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    For those of you who need a recap, Charli was called out last week after a video was uploaded to her family's YouTube account. In the video, Charli and older sister Dixie were accused of making rude comments to their personal chef, who has since said the whole thing was blown out of proportion.

    As well as this, Charli was criticised for appearing to complain about not reaching 100 million followers on TikTok yet. Although the rude comments were the main sticking point for many, it seemed that this was actually what resulted in the mass unfollowing.

    After the video and comments went viral, Charli's follower count began to plummet. However, the tide had started to turn before the day was even over, and it wasn't long before she was firmly back in the green again.

    And so, just mere days after apparently being "cancelled", Charli got her wish and became the first person to reach 100 million followers on TikTok.

    "I don't even know how to react, mostly because this doesn't feel real," Charli said in an Instagram Live after waking up to the news. "How do people even react to this? I just genuinely don't know what to do."

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    "I'm in my bathroom by myself watching edits on Twitter because they're making me cry," she went on in a stream which was watched live by more than 350,000 people. "I just genuinely do not know what to do. I'm so confused."

    "Life doesn't feel real," the 16-year-old continued. "It's just so weird to think a little over a year ago, I was in Connecticut doing regular school, doing nothing, and now I'm living in LA."

    To celebrate hitting the milestone, Charli then announced that, in collaboration with TikTok, $100,000 would be donated to the American Dance Movement, while $10,000 would be donated to 10 dance schools around the US.

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    The American Dance Movement is an organisation dedicated to "increasing and improving the access to dance education in the United States."

    Of the donation, Charli said: "I've been dancing my entire life, and I'm so thankful to be able to give back [to] the community that made me the person that I am."

    Charli's swift turnaround is pretty impressive, not least because the drama was confined to a single week. It echoes the comeback of close friend James Charles, who lost an incredible 3 million YouTube subscribers in 2019 before ultimately gaining more than 10 million over the course of a year.

    So, with her first major controversy over and done with, it's back to business as normal for Charli, and 100 million followers isn't the worst way to celebrate.

    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ben Henry at ben.henry@buzzfeed.com.

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