Colleen Ballinger – better known as Miranda Sings – has responded to the mounting ‘grooming’ allegations with a song.
The YouTuber’s statements are in response to accusations by online creator Adam McIntyre, 20, who first claimed in a 2020 video that Ballinger allegedly formed an inappropriate personal friendship with him while he was 13 to 16 years old.
He alleged Ballinger, 36, sent him lingerie as a joke, gave him access to her social media and exchanged text messages with him for years.
McIntyre claimed that she ‘bullied and manipulated’ some of her young fans into doing free labor, claiming she would make comments about their appearances and ask them inappropriate questions.
In the 10-minute video, titled ‘hi’ Ballinger strums on a ukulele and addresses what she calls ‘the facts.’
She stressed that while her team ‘strongly advised’ her to respond to the claims, she said they never told her she couldn’t sing.
‘A lot of people are saying some things about me that aren’t quite true. Doesn’t matter if it’s true, though, just as long as it’s entertaining to you, right,’ she began.
‘You guys having fun? All aboard the toxic gossip train, chugging down the tracks of misinformation. The toxic gossip train.’
She continued: ‘Many years ago, I used to message my fans but not in a creepy way, like a lot of you are trying to suggest. It was more of a loser kind of way, where I was just trying to be besties with everybody.’
Ballinger’s creative response wasn’t well received, with several branding it ‘weird and cringy.’
In response to her saying: ‘The only thing I’ve ever groomed is my two persian cats,’ one person seethed: ‘There aren’t a lot of things you could’ve said to make this situation even worse somehow but this was one of those things.’
‘Now she’s gotta make an apology video for the apology video,’ another added.
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