|“||The youngest flexer of the century, I'm only 9 years old but I richer than all y'all broke ass haters!||”|
Claire Eileen Qi Hope (born: July 29, 2007YouTuber, rapper and internet personality. She is best known for flexing, bragging about her wealth and having controversy with major YouTubers.), better known online as Lil Tay (formerly Lil Gucci Taylor), is a Canadian
Lil Tay has previously claimed that she used to live in Atlanta, Georgia, and was "broke as f*ck" three years ago before "moving bricks" and "working hard". She says she's now living the hills, presumably Los Angeles, California, as she frequently tags this as the location in her Instagram photos.
Lil Tay's real name is Claire Eileen Qi Hope, which was revealed by her father Christopher John Hope. She has gone by several stage names including Lil Tay Jetski, after Lil Pump's other name, Lil Tay Cosgrove, after Miranda Cosgrove, and most recently Lil Tay Tervali.
Tay has revealed that her dream is to perform with Lil Pump, and her favorite song is his viral hit 'Gucci Gang'. She considers him one of the best rappers in the world right now, and once temporarily changed her surname to 'Jetski', one of Pump's monikers.
Tay once claimed that her Instagram account was run by the iCarly actress, Miranda Cosgrove. This prompted many followers to believe that Cosgrove was in fact her older sister or even her mother, neither of which are true.
Fellow social media star, Woah Vicky is friends with Lil Tay, and often refers to her as her "sister". There was speculation that the pair were related, and even that Vicky had "adopted" Taylor, all of which are false.
Although Lil Tay has never mentioned where her parents are, what their occupations are or where they are from, people have carried out investigations. According to Babe.net, Lil Tay's mother is a suburban realtor from Vancouver, Canada called Angela Tian. She is allegedly the person who films her videos, which can explain why Lil Tay's videos take place in empty luxury homes.
The young rapper debuted her first single, a solo effort, in early 2018. The trap-influenced song features lyrics including: "I keep a chopper on me, f*ck that b*tch up all my diamonds on freeze".
Lil Tay was mentioned in Eminem's song, Killshot: "Go play, feel like I'm babysitting Lil Tay".
Abuse Allegations (Father)
After Tay's Instagram account was wiped in June, on July 5, 2018, the words "help me" were uploaded to her Instagram story without explanation. Her social media accounts were all deleted the next day. Her profiles remained silent until mid-October, when an unnamed person who claims to have "worked with her in the past" took over her account.
Since then, multiple images and video posts were uploaded to the account with a detailed description, many of which related to her biological father, Christopher John Hope, and his wife, Richanee Alcover. These posts claim that Tay was in an abusive relationship whilst living with Hope, who left for Canada with Alcover a while before she began her career as "Lil Tay". Once Hope noticed Tay was getting attention online, he filed a court order to have Tay leave social media and move back in with him.
A post claimed the father "often slept with different women with Tay in the same bed" and "was naked around Tay" often. The posts also claimed Hope would also feed her horrible food substances for her school lunches, such as giving her sandwiches with just ketchup in them, day-old fast food burgers, and so on. In one instance, the account alleges the sister of Hope's new partner “would scream at Tay and forcefully lock her in a dark closet for hours at a time for no reason, all with the knowledge and permission” of Hope. The account provides old text messages, as well as videos of her crying whilst talking to her dad about going back. The account began the hashtag, #FREELILTAY, to bring attention towards the situation.