When she was nine, Lil Tay went viral on social media for her videos of her singing and throwing huge amounts of cash around. On Saturday, she broke her silence with a music video and a series of Instagram Lives in which she played piano, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar.
Lil Tay, who is now 14 years old, started pushing her comeback last week by saying on her story that she would “expose the fuck out of everybody” on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. Just before the time was up, Tay added a link to a music video in her bio. As expected, the video for “Sucker 4 Green,” a light dance song, is about money and sports automobiles. At about 3:15, she started the live show. She played a grand piano classically, then an acoustic version of the Eagles’ “Hotel California,” and finally an electric guitar in the style of the 1980s and played along with Metallica’s “Master of Puppets.” The people in the comments were pleased but also confused.
Soon after 3:30, she sat down in front of the camera and spoke to the public for the first time since last month, when a now-deleted Instagram post said she had died. This was the first time she hadn’t done so through a spokesperson or a quoted media interview.
Lil Tay and Brother Alive After Death Rumors Spread on Instagram
People spread “shocking false information” on Lil Tay’s Instagram account in August, she said. This false information said that she and her brother, 21-year-old Jason Tian, had died in strange circumstances. “I want it to be clear that my brother and I are safe and alive, but I’m so sad I can’t even find the words to say it,” Lil Tay told TMZ at the time.
The actress has a longstanding strained relationship with her father. News of Lil Tay’s supposed death started to spread, and Hope refused to say whether or not Lil Tay and her brother had died in an interview with Insider at the time. After Lil Tay’s 2018 account deletion, only a “help” Instagram story remains. During the same time, the account also shared posts alleging father abuse.
As Tay went on Saturday’s Live, she talked more about these claims. She took viewers through claims that her father had behaved inappropriately as well as more serious claims of neglect and abuse. He only came back because he wanted to “control” her and her money, she said. He hadn’t been in her life before she went viral. For these claims, she seemed to show “receipts” like texts between her mother and father, emails, and photos, but they all looked backward in the camera. She also believed he was behind the death hoax and a crypto coin that would launch the day after she posted the rumor.
Lil Tay Denies Death Hoax, Lawyer Hope Accused of Being Behind It
The Vancouver lawyer Hope has repeatedly denied the claims, saying he was afraid her mother and brother, Angela and Jason Tian, were exploiting her. Lil Tay and her mother deny these charges. Tay told TMZ, “Everything said is 100 percent false, and I trust that this should be obvious to anyone who knows me or the long history of ridiculous and untrue statements made by the different people who have controlled the Instagram account.” This was in response to a post on his account that said Hope was behind the death hoax.
In August, MacLean Law announced that Angela Tian had primary custody and “sole day-to-day and final decision-making powers and responsibilities in the best interests of Tay Tian.”Tay’s account shared this statement. Hope was ordered to pay child support, other bills, and 2014 child support per month.
Fans are interested in her family’s struggles, but she wants to modify the story. She said, “I’m ready to move on,” at the end of the Live. “This is over for me.”