In an emotional Instagram Live posted amid the backlash, Charli revealed she'd been receiving a huge amount of hate and acknowledged that her words could have come across the wrong way.
"I genuinely just thought it would be so cool to hit a huge, huge milestone a year after hitting another milestone," she explained. "I never meant for you guys to make it seem like you were numbers or did not mean anything."
"You can hate on me for whatever I've done, but the fact that all of this is happening because of a misunderstanding..." she went on in tears, revealing she'd received death threats as a result of the backlash. "You can say I'm disrespectful, you can say I don't have basic human decency, but at the end of the day, I'm still a person, no matter how many followers I have."