Claire Abbott had a face that could break a boy’s heart. Her eyelashes were long and curled, and she had a perfect pout that was 100% natural. As soon as the aspiring model started to post pictures of herself on Instagram, she caught the attention of thousands of people, men included.
With over 300,000 followers, Claire had received her fair share of comments left by internet trolls. But this one was different. It was more concerning. Why would this guy say that? It made her feel sick to her stomach. She tried to brush the comments off, but they stuck to her mind like gum on her shoe. Claire had no idea what was coming to her.
Claire Abbott was only 15 when she started posting selfies on the internet. Along with a few posts on Facebook, she shared a little about herself, such as her love of ice cream and her obsession with Justin Bieber.
She was a confident, outgoing, and bubbly teenager. But she couldn’t have anticipated the following she’d develop.
Eventually, Claire migrated from Facebook to Instagram. It’s not uncommon for teenagers to want to share themselves with the world, but what was unusual was the level of attention Claire soon won.
While all her peers were hoping for a few likes and follows, her Instagram account began racking up thousands. But Claire had no idea what was coming to her.
In addition to posting pictures of herself, Claire also shared her interests and hobbies. She provided details on her health and fitness regimen as well as her fashion choices.
These posts were generally well-received, and Claire began sharing more often. But little did she know she should have stopped right there and then.
Despite the pressure to look her best, Claire tried to keep her photos as real as possible. This meant no Photoshop or other methods to unnaturally enhance her appearance.
This desire for authenticity helped her following grow even more quickly. She considered her photos to be a reflection of her personality and felt her clothing choices showed who she was. It was clear that fans were loving her content, but she would soon discover a somewhat darker side of fame.
Taking photos wasn’t Claire’s only passion. She was also interested in developing her musical talents, learning to play instruments, and singing.
She didn’t share a lot of this online, because her Instagram instead mostly focused on beauty. But it was always something she cared about.
It became very clear to Claire that her viewers were primarily interested in appreciating her body. The bulk of her audience was men, and she’d get more engagement when posing in skimpy outfits.
Eager to increase her internet fame, Claire posted more of these kinds of pics. The aspiring influencer never could have expected what would happen next.
As Claire’s fame grew, her Instagram hobby ended up becoming a part-time job. She got offers from a film and art website, which used her face in promotional materials.
This brought in cash and helped push Claire further into the limelight, and further into danger.
Before long, Claire had amassed an impressive following of more than 300,000 followers on Instagram and 20,000 on Facebook.
This was turning into an incredible adventure, and she couldn’t wait to see where she was going to end up next. But she had no idea what was in store for her.
Claire received a lot of comments from male fans, many of them sending messages of love and even marriage proposals. Claire didn’t mind, she thought they were sweet.
But it was only a matter of time before someone took it to the next level…
With this kind of fame comes plenty of opportunities for earning money. Claire had opportunities to promote all kinds of products, from protein shakes to eyeliner. It was easy money, and it expanded Abbott’s horizons, so she eagerly took many of the products that were offered to her.
But with fame comes hate right? Out of the thousands of comments, Claire only paid attention to the harsh ones. In particular, comments by one user who was vowed on seeing Claire suffer.
His username was Ricky224 and his comments at first, were nothing too offensive. Claire was used to seeing people call her “ugly” and a “spoilt brat,” but when this Ricky224 started becoming aggressive and making threats, Claire started to worry.
She brushed his comments off and carried on posting pictures. After all, “he’s most likely just a nobody sat in his mom’s basement,” Claire constantly told herself. But Claire didn’t realize who this internet troll was, and what he was prepared to do.
It seemed every hour this Ricky244 user would leave random, insulting comments on her photos. Then the comments started to turn to threats. Supposedly he knew where she lived, but that couldn’t be right. He was just bluffing, right?
Enough was enough. She knew she had to block him and get rid of him. But not even that could stop him.
Claire soon started dating a famous fellow Instagram influencer and millionaire, Dan Bilzerian. Renowned as the ‘king of Instagram’ Dan was just Claire’s type; tall, dark, and handsome.
The two seemed to be enjoying themselves, and pictures circulated online showing their adventures together. But behind closed doors, there was a different story.
Dan at times could be incredibly petty and jealous, he even refused to let Claire post a picture of herself in her bikini. But despite his childish behavior, Claire was head over heels in love with Dan. There was nothing she wouldn’t have done for him.
Little did Claire know she should have called it quits with her very own “Prince Charming.”
Claire’s dedication to an authentic view of her world included openly discussing her struggles with mental health and anxiety.
She posted about hospital stays dealing with bipolar disorder and depression. She also documented her recovery as she worked to overcome her illnesses.
Not long after opening up about her depression, Claire took an unexpected step. She purged her social media, deleting her Instagram account and her Facebook page.
Even her Twitter disappeared, leaving no trace of her interactions with her once-mighty fanbase. As soon as Claire disappeared online, it seemed so did Ricky244, the internet troll who was hell-bent on seeing Claire suffer…
Thousands of her fans wondered why Claire had disappeared. Many cared about her well-being and hoped she was doing OK.
Her fans concluded that the most likely reason for the disappearance seemed to be that Claire simply needed space in order to continue to overcome her mental health challenges. But they were so wrong.
In the vacuum left by Claire’s departure, imposters were eager to play pretend.
Several fake accounts were set up, attempting to catch a little of her glory through posting old pictures that still circulated around the internet. While Claire had gone, her legacy was impossible to erase.
For a long time, nobody knew what had happened. Theories proliferated, but there was no real explanation as to where Claire might be and what she was doing.
But her pictures continued to appear on all sorts of sites, including many that used her image for clickbait.
During this period of silence, rumors swirled that Claire was active in the world. Some saw her around in the city, others claimed she was seen kicking and screaming on a night out.
Few knew how reliable the rumors were until Abbott made her return.
When Claire came back, she didn’t return to Instagram. Instead, she appeared on YouTube, singing covers of various songs, and playing the guitar and keyboard.
Many of her fans rejoiced at her return, especially as they’d had no idea she had so much musical talent. But her devoted fans never expected her to go missing… again.
Claire finally revealed the secret to her sudden departure. She explained she’d wanted to change direction. She was tired of modeling and taking photos.
She wanted to try something different. So she focused on music instead. But not even music could save Claire from what was to come. More mysteries were to be discovered.
It was her desire to stray away from the modelling, and become a musician, that Claire closed down all her social media. She’d hoped the bold and alarming move would be enough to grab people’s attention so that when she started making music videos, fans would sit up and listen.
The strategy certainly worked.
At first, Claire stuck to cover versions. These included Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love,” Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Bob Marley’s “Is This Love,” among others.
Claire’s most popular cover was Adele’s theme from “Skyfall.” While most of Claire’s videos earned several thousand views, her version of “Skyfall” racked up more than 40,000. Pretty soon, Claire was a musical sensation.
Eventually, Claire partnered with musician Phlex to create “Fighter,” her first original song. This was a fun, upbeat piece of music that she poured her heart and soul into.
Her viewers loved it and were eager to tell her how much they enjoyed her singing. But then suddenly, like history repeating itself, Claire disappeared. And this time, it was for good.
Just as suddenly as Claire returned from her online hiatus, she disappeared again. While her YouTube channel still exists, all of her videos have been deleted.
It seems that, yet again, Claire had decided to burn everything to the ground, including her own original song. Where did she go this time?
What could possibly have caused Claire to disappear yet again? As with her first vanishing act, plenty of people are eager to concoct half-baked theories.
She could be struggling with mental health concerns again and need space. Or perhaps she’s simply in need of another change. For now, there’s no answer.
The fact that Claire disappeared once before, only to return with some exciting new ideas and content, suggests she could do it again.
She’s already proven she has plenty of talents that she’s kept hidden. So who knows what she’ll come up with next? Only time will tell.
It’s clear Claire is somebody special. She’s built herself an online following twice in the past.
And while she’s often eager to try new things, she doesn’t mind getting a fresh start when necessary to explore and experiment. Let’s hope she’s doing well wherever she is.