Charli D'Amelio speaks out about losing 'joy' for TikTok, saying the app that made her famous 'doesn't feel like it used to'

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  • Charli D'Amelio appeared on her sister Dixie's show, "The Early Late Night Show."

  • She spoke about losing her joy for TikTok and said that it had turned into a "whole competition."

  • Dixie said people tried to "use" Charli for clout, rather than to build friendships.

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TikTok star Charli D'Amelio recently appeared on her sister Dixie D'Amelio's YouTube show and said that the app has "turned into this whole competition."

Charli is currently TikTok's most-followed creator with over 115 million followers. The 17-year-old has been in the spotlight since 2019, when her quick ascendance posting dance routines on the short-form video app ultimately led to an appearance in a 2020 Super Bowl commercial. Since then, she's become the face of TikTok in the mainstream, earning a Hulu reality show deal alongside Dixie, who has 51.6 million followers of her own on the app and releases her own music, and their parents.

But that success doesn't mean everything is perfect, the D'Amelio sisters have said.

In March, Charli said she had "lost the passion" for TikTok amid constant criticism - and said that being on the app was no longer fun. She has also spoken out against negative comments about her body she received when she was 15 years old, as Insider's Lindsay Dodgson reported in April 2020. And both sisters have faced public ire, most notably when Charli lost one million subscribers following comments made to a private chef in a YouTube video.

During Sunday's installment of Dixie's "The Early Late Night Show" YouTube series, Charli spoke further about "losing [her] joy for TikTok," as Dixie put it.

"It's extremely difficult to want to continue doing something that people say how much they hate," Charli said. "It's hard. It doesn't feel like it used to, where there was collaborations and fun and everyone was friends."

D'Amelio said that while she started on TikTok by posting dance videos with her friends, she felt that it had turned into a "whole competition" with people reaching out to talk or collaborate at their convenience rather than building friendships.

"I think the fact that you're the biggest on the app, and when they realized you wanted a real relationship and not just collab and they couldn't use you, that's when they stopped," Dixie said during the show. "And it sucks, because that's when you try to be - we both try to be - very trusting. But at the end of the day you can't really, you don't know."

In the episode of Dixie's show, the sisters also talked about what Charli's excited for in the future. She said that while she can't speak much to concrete plans, she's looking forward to expanding her horizons.

"Everyone kind of already has their thing, and I haven't really found mine yet," she said.

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