Lil Tay’s former manager Harry Tsang has accused her of lying about her Instagram account being hacked, just hours after she confirmed she is actually alive.
The 14-year-old girl, along with her older brother Jason Tian, were believed to be dead after a statement was shared on their verified social media account on Wednesday, August 9.
However, 24 hours later, the teen rapper spoke up, claiming that her account had been “compromised by a third party” and revealed that she and her brother are “safe and alive.”
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, Tsang has cast doubt on the likelihood that Lil Tay’s statement is entirely true.
“Upon learning of Liltay’s claim to her well-being, I find relief in the fact that she is safe. However, I believe that the reported hacking incident may not have happened (sic)’, Tsang said.
Bold claim: Lil Tay’s former manager accused her of lying about her Instagram account being hacked
Speaking: Harry Tsang believes ‘reported hacking incident may not have happened’
Big brother: Tsang claimed that Lil Tay’s brother Jason Tian (pictured) is ‘notorious for his propensity for taking extreme measures’
Shocking statement: A post shared on the teen’s Instagram account said that she and her 21-year-old brother had died, referring to her by her birth name, Claire Hope.
“The justification for this perspective is twofold: firstly, restoring a compromised account on platforms like Meta/Instagram does not normally require a 24-hour period.
“Secondly, the actions of Liltay’s brother, known for his propensity for extreme measures, lead me to hypothesize an alternate motive behind this event.”
He then stated: ‘It is conceivable that the intent behind these events may be rooted in an effort to illicitly extract funds from devoted supporters and unwitting bystanders.
“Simultaneously, if the underlying motive is indeed to rekindle Liltay’s prominence within the public sphere, I submit that such actions demonstrate a degree of irresponsibility.
“It is essential to consider the potential repercussions of employing such tactics, particularly given their potential impact on the perceptions and sentiments of the broader audience,” Tsang added.
After the death announcement was posted on Lil Tay’s Instagram, which had been inactive since June 2018, the influencer gained more than 200,000 new followers.
Tsang’s claims come after the teen confirmed that she is not dead, in a statement provided to TMZ on Thursday afternoon.
“I want to make it clear that my brother and I are alive and safe, but I am completely heartbroken and struggling to find the right words to say,” said Lil Tay, whose birth name was Claire Hope but has now confirmed its legality. her name is Tay Tian,” she told the publication.
“It has been a very traumatic 24 hours. All day yesterday, I was bombarded with endless heartbreaking and tearful phone calls from loved ones as I tried to sort out this mess.
In the spotlight: Tsang appeared in a social media video alongside Lil Tay several years ago
Her truth: In a statement released Thursday, the teen claimed her Instagram account had been ‘compromised’
Back then: Lil Tay during a 2018 appearance on Good Morning America alongside his mother Angela
The teenager, who made headlines in 2018 amid claims that she had been abused by her father, Christopher Hope, and exploited by her brother, failed to reveal why it took her more than 24 hours to confirm that she is alive. and good.
Speaking about the post that sparked the death rumors, Tay insisted that her Instagram account “was compromised by a third party” and “used to spread misinformation and discordant rumors” about her.
The young star also confirmed that she now had access to her account again.
He went on to reveal that he no longer uses his birth name, Claire Hope, which was the nickname that was used in the now-deleted fake death announcement, explaining that he now goes by the legal name Tay Tian, having apparently dropped his mother’s name. separated father. last name in favor of her mother, Angela.
Shortly after Lil Tay’s statement was released, social media erupted with speculation about the legitimacy of his claims, with many users questioning why it had taken him so long to address the false death rumors, while others speculated that the entire hoax was a desperate attempt at publicity.
‘So are Lil Tay and his brother dead or alive? Because the way that statement was worded and then the way it took 24 hours to report is still so weird,” one person wrote.
‘Let’s say hypothetically that Lil Tay’s Instagram was hacked… what would be the reason to say that the brother is also dead? Like this is all confusing,” said another.
A third wrote: “I guess Lil Tay was alive and this was a wild publicity stunt.”