Laina Morris, now an internet celebrity, never knew what awaited her as she joined the band of Justin Bieber’s fans to contest for an opportunity to be in one of his shows at free cost and to make an appearance in a commercial that featured him.
Well, she didn’t win the contest but it was definitely rewarding to participate. Her entry-parody of Justin Bieber’s song, Boyfriend, where she portrayed a girlfriend who is an obsessive maniac, led to a series of events that brought her fame. She posted this on YouTube on the 6th of June, 2012. Within hours, it received thousands of views, Morris Laina was eventually tagged “the overly attached girlfriend” and her meme went viral and now has over a hundred million views. A few months after the release of her video, her fame grew with over a million subscribers to her channel.
Facts You Must Know About The Overly Attached Girlfriend Creator
1. Her Birth Details:
Laina Morris was born in Texas on June 22, 1991, where she grew up with 3 siblings of which she was the last.
2. She Is A University Dropout
Tender 20-year-old Laina dropped out of the University of North Texas where she studied and quit her part-time job so she could focus more on her YouTube career and her meme. After her first video for Justin Bieber’s song, she continued to release parodies like that of Taylor Swift’s We are never ever getting back together, Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call me maybe and so on every week.
3. She Has Appeared On Celebrity Videos And Adverts
Laina Morris has been featured in different celebrity videos and she did an ad for Samsung acting “the overly attached computer” portraying a possessive computer that threatened to leak the user’s information except it’s given regular attention. The ad went viral, attaining close to 1.8 million views within four days of its release.
4. She Is Among The Top 15 People That Got Famous Online
In 2012, According to Mashable’s ranking, Laina was among the top 15 people said to have been made famous by the internet.
5. Her Trademark Is Her Weirdo Looks
She has released many other videos most of which characterized the overly attached girlfriend, with a signature appearance of a weird-looking fixed gaze with wide open eyes and a smiley face.
6. She Has a Longtime Boyfriend
Laina Morris claims she has a boyfriend despite her creepy role in her meme. Four years after her first video, she still remains with her boyfriend and is happy. She hasn’t had to enter a new relationship since her meme.
7. She Loves Charity Work
Beyond entertainment, she also released videos which were targeted at raising funds for charity. The first of such videos was tagged “dare to share” which involved fans daring Laina to do crazy things for a price. Some of the requests from fans included skydiving, eating a large quantity of food after which she is to go ride on the biggest roller coaster, dancing the Gangnam style in an open apple store and many more. The goal for the first fund-raising was 50000 dollars to help autistic children. Before she launched “dare to share”, she explained that the internet had been able to turn the world into a global village where people are easily connected to each other everywhere. She said that the internet should, therefore, be used for good causes such as charity.
8. She Has Received Her Share Of Criticisms
In reaction to her fundraising videos, some fans criticized the videos, seeing them as a digression from her meme, while others welcomed the development, seeing them as a way to champion a good cause and create a niche through her fame. The criticisms didn’t have any negative toll on her as she received about 10000 more subscriptions following the video. As her status on the internet rose, she came into the limelight and the scrutiny of many people who tried to find faults to pull her down didn’t push through. She even recalls incidents that strangers had to look up her personal information and her college records but that didn’t stop her.
9. Her Net Worth
The Internet star is not a millionaire yet as her net worth is about $215,000 and unlike most famous YouTubers, she lives a moderate lifestyle. She is said to drive a KIA car and stay in a rented apartment.