Caroline Calloway's name is not new to headlines. She first gained notoriety in December of last year when her $165 'Creativity Workshops' were called out for being Fyre Fest-esque scams. A quick recap...
Having sold thousands of tickets to her tour, things began to come to light. Like the fact that Calloway hadn't actually booked any venues, was trying to get photographers to work for free, and having promised her fans homecooked lunches and personalised gift bags, had started asking fans to bring their own meals.
She then proceeded to try and move a lot of the workshops that were due to be held in Boston, Chicago and other cities to a loft in Brooklyn, meaning many of the fans who had already forked out nearly $200 would have to travel or lose their money.
After a scathing Twitter thread detailing the entire mess went viral, Calloway cancelled the rest of her tour, refunded ticket holders and went on an emotional insta-story rampage about the whole thing.
That Instagram influencer I occasionally check in on because she's The Worst is now charging $165 for a 4 hour "seminar" on how to be yourself. pic.twitter.com/zLvBFn9dPI— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) December 20, 2018
The few workshops that actually had taken place, that had been touted as four-hour learning sessions with orchid crowns and personalised letters quickly became a 1.5 hour meet and greet with no seating (attendees literally sat on the floor) and not a flower crown in sight.
The internet went wild, then it simmered and quietly Calloway-chat disappeared. Until now... Natalie Beach, Calloway's former friend has penned a long-read for The Cut, which offers the most detailed inside look at Calloway's scams.
The most shocking details aren't just about Calloway's notorious 'workshops' and the book proposal for which Calloway got a $100,000 advance (she never actually wrote the book), and which was actually ghostwritten by Beach. But also the toxic and manipulative way Beach says Calloway maintained their friendship.
After saying that she could stay in her studio apartment, Beach says Caroline quickly changed her mind and instead asked her to clean it in preparation for the arrival of some AirBnB guests:
“Caroline, I don’t want to be your maid,” I told her the next day over Skype. “I’m sorry I can’t help you out, but can you ask someone else?”
“Oh no, Natalie, I would,” she said, her new boyfriend sitting supportively next to her. “It’s just, you’re the only one of my friends who needs the money badly enough to take the job.”
Shockingly, Beach also says she was promised 35% of Calloway's $375,000 book deal to act as a ghostwriter (Calloway never fulfilled the contract), and that she ghostwrote the captions on the #Adventuregrams Instagram account that had made Calloway famous (for which Calloway bought thousands of followers).
The whole story is a brutal read. But even weirder than Beach’s account of Calloway's behaviour at the time is the fact that she's been posting about the story incessantly recently and even linked it in her bio. Watch this space, I guess?
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