You Must Have Come Across Bella’s Videos on Various Social Sites. Here Are Some Interesting Facts about Her.
She’s the adult version of Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck it Ralph, has the most liked video on Tik-Tok and recently hit a Spotify milestone… we’re speaking about Bella Poarch, and today we delve into 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Bella Poarch.
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She Had a Traumatic Childhood
This one is no secret Aluxers because she speaks candidly about it. What we admire is her resilience to learn and grow from her past experiences.
If you’re not in the loop, Bella was born in the Philippines on 8 Feb 1997. She was raised by her granny initially but was later adopted by her new Filipino mother and American father. She says she never knew her real parents.
There were 4 adopted children in total, with Bella stating that her and her older adopted brother were heavily abused throughout her childhood.
She Was Bullied At School
Having been raised on a farm with her adopted family, Bella was up at 4am doing farm chores and experienced both verbal and physical abuse from her stepfather. After working on the farm, she alleges she was forbidden to shower and would often go to school smelling like a farmyard.
This led to bullying and difficulty in fitting in.
As she divulged in her nearly two-hour interview on the H3 Podcast, her nickname at home was “stupid b**ch.”
They Immigrated to the US, And She Joined the Navy
Bella Poarch immigrated to the USA when she was 13 as her adopted father needed bypass surgery.
When it comes to Bella Poarch being in the navy, some have called her out for lying and having made it all up, but if you scroll into the history of her IG, you’ll see photos of her in uniform. She was stationed in Japan as an AO or Aviation Ordnanceman.
She joined the navy in 2015 and served for 4-years.
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So, what sent Bella Poarch’s career soaring? Let’s find out.
Millie B’s “Soph Aspin Send”
Bella Poarch joined Tik Tok in January 2020. She started actively posting gaming and cosplay contents in April 2020.
Fast-forward a mere 4-months and Poarch has the most liked Tik Tok video of all time… a video of her lip-syncing to “Soph Aspin Send” or as TikTokers call it, M to the B by Millie B.
A Twitter page and YouTube channel quickly followed suit.
Where Is That Track From?
Don’t feel bad for not knowing the origins of the Millie B song, we’ll bring you up to speed. It’s a 2016 grime song, intended as a dis towards Sophie Aspin. Millie B and Sophie Aspin were two aspiring teenage grime rappers from the UK who spent several months releasing diss tracks aimed at each other.
In 2018, Channel 4 commissioned BBC Studios to produce a 3-part series called “It’s Grime Up North,” which followed artists like Little T (aka Josh Tate), Sophie Aspin and Millie B.
Between the 3 of them, they would “merk” each other and they gained fame with their “sends” of each other.
Poarch in Numbers
As of the 5th of July 2021, Bella Poarch’s figures on her accounts were as follows:
Twitter with 557.5K Followers, Instagram had 12.5 million followers, Tik Tok with 75.2 million fans and 1.7 billion likes and Facebook had 1.7 million followers.
She Loves 3D Art and Animation, And Could There Be NFTs?
If you’re a fan, you already know that Bella Poarch has explored the world of 3D art and animation. Some of her creations include 3D fictional versions of herself within a metauniverse.
She had an NFT for sale on mintable, called “Soul in Hell,” but bidding for the NFT has since expired.
If you don’t know what NFTs are, check out 10 Things You Didn’t Know About NFTs.
Build a Bi*ch Reaches 100 Million Streams on Spotify
Bella Poarch’s debut single is “Build a Bi*tch.” It’s been streamed 132 million times on Spotify by the time this article was posted and had 217 million views on YouTube.
Poarch signed with Warner Records.
Of course, there was a build a b*tch tiktok challenge shortly thereafter, so go and check it out for yourself.
Fortnite Bella Poarch Emote
Love Bella Poarch and Fortnite? It’s your lucky day, because Epic Games have teamed up with Poarch to create a Build Up emote. You can purchase the emote for 500 V-Bucks. It’s still unclear whether she’ll be getting a player skin like so many other online creators have received.
Are Her Child-like Accentuations a Problem?
She’s receiving a lot of flack and being called out for accentuating her child-like features with over-sexualised themes.
InChief.com released an article titled, “Is it a problem that grown women are infantalising themselves for TikTok views,” where author Eve Upton-Clark drew attention to Bella Poarch. She writes, “… many online have accused these creators of infantilisation, defined as the portrayal of grown women acting and looking childish through attire, demeanour, possessions, and/or posture.”
We’ll find out what you think about this later.
Controversy’s Surrounding Poarch
She’s no stranger to them, and the first is certainly the tattoo of the Rising Sun. She’s apologized profusely for offending Koreans, who see the symbol as Japanese militarism and colonial rule.
Business Insider also shared her comment when she called her friend “Harambe.” Harambe was a gorilla that was killed after a 3-year-old boy fell into his enclosure in a zoo in Cincinnati.
Poarch hit back at critics saying, “”I’m sorry that you believed rumors about me and my best friend Albert. He’s Samoan and not Black, and that’s his military nickname because he’s big and always very protective. That was his name before I even met him.”
Will the Real Bella Poarch Please Stand Up
Following the real-life story of Poarch is tricky. There are many different versions, dates and timelines, and just non-disclosure from Bella herself.
Many speculate whether Bella Poarch is even her real name, because the name that appears on her Facebook URL is “TaylorNariee.” This was first noticed by YouTuber, Def Noodles.
Even her age is not 100% clear, because it’s often contradicted – but it seems that 1997 is legit because a 2001 birth like many suggest, would make it impossible for her to have joined the navy.
She Took a Stand against Anti-asian Racism
Speaking to Vogue, Poarch along with Saweetie, Shawn Wasabi and Lastlings have all spoken out about anti-Asian racism.
Poarch confirmed she has been on the receiving end of anti-Asian racism and believes the most effective action to support other victims is to “… consistently and gently check in on them. Ask their family members or friends if they notice behaviour changes. Keep encouraging them to speak to a therapist.”
Where Does Poarch Draw Inspiration From?
If it wasn’t obvious already, Bella Poarch draws her inspiration from anime and video games. There are two different Bella’s that she represents – the colourful, rosy-cheeked Kawaii Bella and the black everything, Baddie Bella.
She loves the Vocaloid software voicebank of Hatsune Miku. She said that was the inspiration for her to go to Japan and get into all types of anime.
Did you know that Poarch was banned from commenting on Tik Tok?
She Has Merch
In November 2020, Bella Poarch launched her first run of merch.
AS she tweeted, “Surprise!?I spent the past month designing my first hoodie (300 made) & helping Paca out with his first ever collab with Ripndip??Hope ya like it!”
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