TikTok sensations, the Cavinder twins, revealed that one of their family members struggled with personal health issues during their March Madness run to the Elite Eight with the University of Miami.
Cinderella’s run ended in Miami Sunday night falling 54-42 to No. 3 seed LSU but the team’s job was impressive, after it took out No. 4 seed Villanova, No. 1 seed Indiana and No. 8 seed Oklahoma State. in previous rounds.
The 22-year-old Cavinder twins, Haley and Hanna, who have social media followings that eclipse most professional sports organizations — with 4.5 million followers on TikTok — have ‘vlogged’ (video blog) their journey through the tournament for their fans.
And during the release of the first part of the March Madness vlog, which came after Miami’s victory over the Cowboys and Hoosiers, the twins revealed that they wrestle despite a family member leaving the NCAA tournament due to health issues.
A day after Miami’s 62-61 victory over Oklahoma secured the Hurricanes a spot in the Round of 32, Hayley filmed herself talking to the camera, revealing that while she and her sister were happy with the win, the result was bittersweet.
Hanna (left) and Haley (right) Cavender revealed they played despite family health issues
The Cavinder twins frequently post pics from the basketball court — naturally, in tandem,
Combined, the two sisters have built a social media following of 4.5 million fans on TikTok
“We’ve got a title, so we’re in the last 32,” Hayley said. ‘It was really good.’ Some family issues happened, so one of my family members had to move back to Michigan. I’m not going to get into all of that, I like to keep myself offline but that’s why my mood isn’t really good. But today is Sunday, so we just have to get ready for Indiana.”
After Miami’s huge upset over Indiana, Hannah claimed the win was extra special because their family seemed to have recovered.
“That was crazy, that game was crazy,” Hanna said. “They play privately in Indiana, in front of their fans. I can’t believe we’re going to Sweet 16.
This video was hard to shoot. I know Haley mentioned personal health issues within our family and it was hard, our emotions were all over the place but everything is fine now. Solidifying this win was the cherry on top.
Miami would go on to beat Villanova, 70-65, in the Sweet 16, before falling to LSU in the Elite Eight (42-54) on Sunday.
In the March Madness vlog, Hanna and Haley showed off some of their interactions with the family
Before Miami beat Oklahoma State, the twins had dinner with a few relatives who had come to see them in action
Before Haley & Hanna’s Round of 16 win against Indiana, their dad checked out at the bar
Since the Hurricanes’ inception in the NCAA Tournament, however, Hanna and Haley have been able to include snippets of their family for their fans, first at a dinner among relatives, which took place before the Twins’ game against Oklahoma State. – The first March Madness in Miami.
“Hannah and I went upstairs and we’re going to get some oatmeal in us,” Hayley said in her vlog. We are registered. We leave in 45 minutes for our bodies to move.
“But yeah, you’ve seen our family again.” We are so excited to have them here. Um, (we’re) going to hang out with them a little bit and see them so it’s going to be a great day and we get to play in 2 against Oklahoma State, so let’s get it.
Prior to the girls’ game against Indiana in the second round, the sisters can be seen hanging out at a bar with their father, as they prepare for the Indiana cold.
“Dad is wearing a Miami hat…Dad, how are you?” Haley asked before her father winked at her without responding a word, indicating that he was fine and making things easier.
Haley and Hannah also caught the moment when their dad hugged them in front of the cameras after Miami hit Sweet 16 of March Madness.
The Cavinder Twins may have reached new heights of fame in March Madness but they fell short of winning the championship after Miami’s Elite Eight lost to LSU
The twins’ family appears again in the vlog when Haley shares highlights of her 9-point game against the Hoosiers.
After digging both of her free throws with just 12.7 seconds left in regulation and the score 68-65, in favor of the Hurricanes, Haley rushed to the stands with her sister to celebrate her team’s qualification to the Sweet 16 of March Madness.
“I’m crying,” she wrote in the caption of a Snapchat video showing the moment she and Hannah embraced by the father looking on after the 70-68 win.
It remains unclear who exactly among the Cavender sisters has been dealing with personal health issues.