Placing your self on the market as a web-based influencer is dangerous enterprise.
YouTuber Myka Stauffer has come beneath hearth this week for “rehoming” her adopted son Huxley, who is autistic. “I wouldn’t commerce him for something!” the Ohio-based social media star as soon as gushed in a cuddly 2018 Instagram put up, which doubled as a paid advert for Dreft laundry detergent for newborns.
Quick-forward to Wednesday: Stauffer, 32, and her husband, James, 34, stated in a tearful video uploaded to her YouTube channel that they’d given up 4-year-old Huxley. One follower was fast to clap again at the obvious hypocrisy in her 2018 Insta advert, commenting, “This put up didn’t age effectively.”
After rising backlash, the couple launched a press release via their legal professionals that reads partially, “Over time, the staff of medical professionals suggested our purchasers it may be finest for Huxley to be positioned with one other household.”
The assertion from Thomas Taneff Co., LPA legal professionals, a Columbus agency, continued: “To be clear this did NOT embrace any concerns for placement in the foster system, however fairly to hand-select a household who is geared up to deal with Huxley’s wants.”
Since posting the replace, Stauffer has misplaced 6,000 of her over 700,000 YouTube followers, in line with the social media tracker Social Blade, a favourite analytics platform for influencers. The analytics watchdog additionally predicts Stauffer will lose about 73,052 weekly views on her channel. Nonetheless, that doesn’t inform the entire story. She has 199,000 followers on Instagram as of Friday afternoon — a rise of seven,000 followers since this morning.
However who is this disgraced on-line persona? In accordance with her personal YouTube bio, she’s a “Mommy of Four from Ohio and Married to my finest buddy.” Her organic youngsters are Kova, 8, Jake, 6, Radley, 4, and Onyx, 11 months.
Right here’s what else we learn about Stauffer:
She was grounded for a 12 months at 16 for shedding her virginity
Stauffer was raised by a single mother till she was 2.
“I went to go take a look at my beginning footage and there have been solely footage of my mother and my grandma holding me,” Stauffer says in a single YouTube confessional with greater than 732,000 views. She additionally reveals that her mom had her when she was 16. “I received to go to some actually cool events [and] I received to go to a bunch of concert events, which is a perk of getting youthful mother and father.”
She calls her childhood “primary, common, and I liked the whole lot about it,” however says she came upon a stunning secret at 16.
“My mother informed me my dad was not my organic father. I had no clue. It was like the greatest bomb had been dropped on me.” In accordance with Stauffer, her organic father had dedicated suicide the 12 months previous to her discovering out about him. “I simply bear in mind crying my eyes out,” she says. The teenager determined to lash out.
“The following day I misplaced my virginity. I had deliberate to avoid wasting myself for marriage. It wasn’t even a query in my thoughts,” says Stauffer. “When my id was flipped the other way up, the whole lot went out the window.”
She calls it “one in every of my greatest regrets,” including that she was grounded for a whole 12 months as punishment. She calls the 12 months of lockdown “a pivotal second — with numerous alternative for self-growth.”
In that point, Stauffer discovered faith — “I began getting actually near the Lord”— and says she was baptized as a Catholic that 12 months. “I used to be an ornery, cussed teenager, hooking up with the hottest senior in school, however I had this chance to rework my state of affairs.”
She was a single mother earlier than she was a ‘Mommy’ of 5 — then 4
About eight years in the past, Stauffer left her then-fiancé, with her daughter Kova in tow. “One thing occurred with reference to infidelity, and I left,” hints Stauffer in a video from 2016.
She says she met Kova’s dad, a health care provider, in faculty and says she received pregnant about 4 months into their relationship. She miscarried, and the doc proposed whereas on a horse and buggy trip via Chicago whereas on a visit to elevate their spirits. They determined to strive once more a couple of months later. “On Thanksgiving, we conceived Kova. [On] Christmas Day I took a being pregnant check and was pregnant,” says Stauffer in the clip.
“It was the hardest 12 months ever,” the blond blogger says of the time after strolling out on her husband-to-be. “I broke up with her dad sooner or later earlier than we had been alleged to go on a really good trip and one week earlier than we had been supposed to maneuver into this stunning dream home,” she says. “I walked away from the whole lot as a result of it wasn’t a future I used to be snug with.”
Finally, she would meet her now-husband, James, a automotive detailer, who proposed in Instances Sq. eight months after they met.
Earlier than turning into a stay-at-home mother, she was a nurse
After she moved to “a tiny condominium,” Stauffer claims she needed to decide up three nursing jobs to make ends meet.
“I had one full-time nursing job and a couple of PRN, which implies I’d decide up nursing shifts after they wanted me,” says Stauffer. “I picked up as many as I may to afford being a single mother.” She claims to have labored in nursing houses in Ohio and an oncology unit in Indianapolis, the place she was residing with James.
“If you understand me, you understand I’m a Bethenny Frankel lady,” says the Ohio mother in one other video with greater than 320,000 views. “When she broke up with her husband, it made her really feel extra actual that my greatest function mannequin went via the similar factor as me at the very same time,” provides Stauffer, who says she learn Frankel’s books and “was impressed.”
She raves of the Skinny Woman entrepreneur and former “RHONY” star: “She is one in every of the strongest ladies that I do know. She has the guts and kudos.”
Stauffer claims to be a vegan
However her social media posts recommend in any other case. Stauffer has a ton of movies together with being pregnant updates, KonMari closet cleanouts and DIY Christmas present concepts. She additionally has vlogs detailing her food regimen, which appears to be principally plant-based.
“I’ve been Uncooked Vegan for fairly a while and like it as my food regimen since I at all times have the most vitality and really feel superb after I following [sic] it very strictly,” reads one video bio, although her Instagram tales function eggs and salmon. Superfood smoothies with maca powder, a vegan alfredo zucchini noodles dish and detox salads function on her social feeds as effectively.
She says she practices intuitive consuming, the so-called “anti-diet” the place you eat solely when hungry, and claims, “I cease consuming at 6 o’clock each single night time so I can have an extended length of quick to assist my digestive tract.”