Baby Ariel Gets Real About Dating As a YouTube Star
Baby Ariel has come quite a long way from her musical.ly days.
With 3.1 million subscribers on YouTube, more than 266 million views and four song releases under her belt, the end of the musical.ly app definitely won't stop this superstar.
We got to catch up with our favorite baby doll recently, where she got real about dating in the public eye, the highs and lows of YouTube stardom and so much more.
Sweety High: So after you were discovered on musical.ly, you got totally vaulted into the spotlight. What would you say is the most difficult part of making that transition into the public eye where everyone is watching what you're doing?
Baby Ariel: I would say it's exactly that. I mean, I would go about my everyday life before and not think that there are people actually watching me and now you go online and you have to be careful with what you're doing and careful with what you're saying.
I think the biggest thing also is having people look up to me, which has been the most wonderful thing ever because now I actually get the chance to talk to other people, make content that hopefully puts a smile on their face and meet people all over the world. It's definitely different, but I love it.
SH: So what's the worst part of YouTube stardom? Or the part you could definitely live without?
BA: On one hand, having the freedom to say whatever you want is a great thing because if you really stand by something or you really want to say something, you have all the freedom in the world to go ahead and do it. But then on the flip side, you also have all the freedom in the world to say anything bad about anyone, and I don't think that's right. People shouldn't be mean on online and I think there shouldn't be bullies, and if I could take one thing away, it would be that.
SH: So has there been anything that you, up to this point, wish you could have done differently?
BA: Recently I've really been more into speaking about normal things that teenagers go through and I wish I would have started that earlier. Because I do think like a 12-year-old girl or boy who's sitting at home who might not have too many friends or isn't close to their family, I want them to be able to come onto my channel and look at my videos and know that someone understands whatever they're going through. And I just wish I would have started talking about these topics earlier and been less worrisome about the bullies and everything.
SH: So you've been in a couple of pretty public dating relationships. How has being in the spotlight affected your dating life?
BA: The number one, I want to say, was my first relationship. My first public relationship was with Zach. When we both first started social media, the whole social media fandom at that time really wanted us to date. And, us being 14-year-olds we like, "oh my god, we should date." We kind of had a crush on each other, but we were not old enough and we didn't know each other enough to actually get into a full relationship, but we did jump into it because of those online comments.
And it's not their fault, it was really us. We listened to social media and jumping into that was just not smart because we didn't know each other that well. We liked each other, but it wasn't a relationship. We were mainly just really great friends. We jumped into a relationship when we really should not have been in a relationship, because of social media.
SH: Are you more wary now of getting into relationships, because you know people are watching?
BA: Yeah, for sure. I think on social media or not social media, you have to know who you are and not just jump into any kind of relationship. But because I am on social media, I'm nervous about posting pictures with somebody I like sometimes because I don't know how people are going to react. And if I don't know the person that well, I don't know how they're going to react with me being on social media. I'm nervous, but it's my life now, so it's going to happen.
I think for future definitely I'm going to be more—not cautious, but cautious. It has to be the right person, and I'm not jumping into anything right now.
SH: If you had to pick the most important thing that you wanted people to take away from your videos and your music and everything you put out there, what would it be?
BA: I just hope they know that someone is going through exactly what they're going through and everything is going to be okay. And I hope they find comfort in everything that I put out there. And I hope they go away with a smile on their face and they're happy, that's my goal. As long as they're happy, I'm happy.
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