Lil Tay’s mother has broken her silence as she reached an agreement with the social media star’s father after years of feuding with the new $275,000 deal showing the beleaguered parties finally have a legal settlement regarding who has custody of the social media star, and where she will live.
The young influencer, who was the victim of a cruel prank alleging that she and her brother died after her social media accounts were hacked, will live with her mother Angela who will have sole decision-making power according to a statement released in his name via social networks.
Lil Tay’s Instagram account posted a statement from their legal team Lorne MacLean KC and Fraser MacLean of MacLean Law on behalf of Tay’s mother, Angela.
Angela’s attorney, Frazer MacLean, said TMZ the teen’s father, Christopher Hope, will pay $275,000 in child support and continue to make monthly payments until she reaches adulthood.
Tay, 14, born Claire Hope, shot to fame at the age of nine flashing stacks of cash, using inflammatory language and sparking feuds with other social media stars.
In 2018, her father obtained a court order to stop creating online content and return to his hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Custody: Lil Tay’s feuding parents appear to have reached a legal settlement over who has custody of the social media star. The 14-year-old will continue to live with her mother Angela, in Los Angeles where she has been since 2020
In an interview with Hollywood lifehe said, “Everyone involved in this situation is driven by money and the opportunity to make money with my daughter.”
“I don’t fight for the money; I am fighting for my daughter – for her happiness and her future.’
Since that time, Tay’s social media accounts have been dark.
Her older half-brother Jason, now 21, has been credited with making the crude videos that catapulted her to internet fame.
In 2020, the court allowed the teenager to return to Los Angeles.
Angela, 45, a former estate agent, told the outlet: ‘I have been financially ruined fighting for my daughter’s rights and freedom which should never have been taken away to begin with.
“We won our case in court and my children and I can finally get out of this nightmare,” she said.
The changing of the guard indicates that Tay may soon be back on social media.
“My daughter can pursue and achieve her dreams on her own terms,” Angela said, “and we are finally a happy family again, together.”
Child support: Tay’s father, Christopher Hope, will repay child support and provide monthly payments until she reaches adulthood. In 2018, he secured a court order forcing the then nine-year-old girl to return to her hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Fame: Tay, 14, born Claire Hope, rose to fame aged nine by showing stacks of cash and using inflammatory language in videos made by her brother, Jason, now 21,
Dreams: Tay’s mother Angela says custody agreement means ‘My daughter can pursue and achieve her dreams on her own terms’
Asked about the custody decision, Christopher did not comment.
Chuck Wigg, who is dating Angela, told DailyMail.com the teenager has been living in Los Angeles for several months and working on her music career.
‘Tay is good. If anyone can make it happen, it’s her,” he said.
“She has focused on her music, singing and acting, she can play piano and guitar. She speaks and sings in Mandarin.
Illinois recently enacted a law to protect child influencers, such as Tay, and children of adult influencers who appear in their parents’ content, according to Living room.
The law requires that a portion of earnings from the use of a minor’s “minor’s image, name or photograph” be placed in a trust for them to access when they reach the legal age. Other states could follow suit.