Colleen Ballinger is the lady behind the popular YouTube character Miranda Sings. Miranda Sings is a singer seen to be ridiculously talentless by everyone else but herself. Colleen created the character to satirize people with a bad voice who attempt to make their big break on the social media platform.
She began posting with the character in 2008 and slowly began building a following. In 2010, her clip of Miranda Sings singing off key to Katy Perry‘s California Girls went viral almost immediately garnering over 5 million views. Her fame shot over the roof in 2013 and in 2014 she snapped the Teen Choice Awards for Choice Web Star: Comedy.
Colleen has capitalized on her fame to launch other projects, including her own personal vlog Colleen Vlogs where she talks lifestyle and also posts comical clips. Her YouTube fame has seen her launch a career as a stand-up comedian touring internationally and as an actress with her very own Netflix series.
Colleen Ballinger Biography, (Age, And Other Background Information)
Ballinger was born on November 21, 1986, in Santa Barbara, California where she was also raised. Her father Tim Ballinger, is a sales manager while her mom Gwen was a homemaker. She has two older brothers, Christopher and Trent and a younger sister named Rachel.
After graduating from San Marcos High School, Ballinger attended Azusa Pacific University graduating in 2008 with a degree in vocal performance. During her college years, she began performing for Disney and also gave piano lessons to kids.
While in college, Colleen began to make fun of rude and cocky girls in her school who despite being poor at singing attempted to make YouTube careers out of it. Colleen began posted satirical videos just for laughs among her friends. Subsequently, her videos garnered traction and soon made her a star.
Colleen Ballinger dated fellow YouTube star Joshua David Evans for 7 years, before marrying him in July 2015 in a wedding that was held in California. Both born to be in front of the camera, Colleen and Joshua never shied away from flaunting their romance on their respective channels.
They even posted an 18-minute clip of their wedding for the viewing pleasure of their fans. Unfortunately, their seemingly perfect relationship came crashing down in October 2016, just about a year after their wedding.
Colleen took to her Psycho Soprano channel to announce the split via an emotional video where she narrated that things with Evans were never as smooth as they painted it.
“We have always had a rocky relationship since the beginning, we’ve always butted heads, we’ve always fought ever since we met. It’s never been a perfect relationship,” the YouTube star narrated.
She then continued;
“For a long time now I’ve realized how unhappy we both were. I know a lot of you are going to be really disappointed and really mad and really hurt by this because you do feel really close to us and you looked up to our relationship and our love.”
Evans also took to his channel to talk about their shocking divorce.
“We’ve had some great times and terrible times over the past eight years,” he said.
“I am not choosing this divorce, I do not want this divorce. I want her but I truly believe she thinks she’s making the right decision right now and I can’t make her decisions for her.”
Following the split, they both took a break from social media. Their union produced no kids. They have both since taken down the videos where they talked about their divorce.
Like other popular YouTube stars, Colleen Ballinger has been able to monetize her channel’s popularity and even earn huge non-YouTube gigs. She earns a percentage of advertising fees and fixed rates for sponsorship and with at least 14 million subscribers and 2.7 billion views across her channels, the figure is sure a mammoth one.
Additionally, she has an eponymous website where she sells merchandise. Her earnings were enough to put her on Forbes list in 2016 as the 9th highest-paid YouTube Star with a paycheck of $5 million.
In between Forbes’ calculating period, Ballinger released a hit memoir titled Self-Help, had toured the nation as a stand-up act and scored a Netflix series deal. That series titled Haters Back Off, chronicled Miranda’s backstory and it ran successfully for two seasons – 2016 and 2017.
All of these endeavors and more have contributed in giving Colleen Ballinger a net worth estimated at $8 million.