Valkyrae expresses her concerns about sharing her dating experiences with her chat, worried that fans may try to find her on dating apps.
With the advent of streaming seeing many of Twitch and YouTube’s top talents taking on celebrity status, many streamers find themselves more in the public eye than ever. While some creators like Mizkif have opened up about their personal life and connected with their audience, privacy has long been an issue on streaming platforms. Doxxing and, in more severe cases, swatting have become a real problem that some unfortunate creators have had to face throughout their career and, for some like Valkyrae, their position as a streamer has led to some discomfort when discussing their personal life.
Like many top streamers, Valkyrae has been no stranger to dealing with harassment from both fans and haters throughout her career as one of Twitch and YouTube’s top talents. Valkyrae was at the center of a high-profile controversy surrounding her RFLCT line of skincare products earlier this year, even confirming she was seeing a therapist to deal with the trauma. Now, a recent discussion on one of her streams expressed her concerns about sharing her dating life.
During a recent stream where Valkyrae was talking about some of her dating stories, the popular streamer addressed her own concerns about dating as a content creator. Valkyrae confirmed she was “hesitant to talk about her dating app experiences” due to the fear that some of her more overzealous fans may try to find her on dating apps. She was quick to point out that she had not specified what dating app she personally uses and would not reveal that information, even jokingly considering deleting her account.
Valkyrae would not be the first streamer to share these concerns about an overexposure of her personal life to her fans as others have experienced similar issues. Pokimane shared a story earlier this year of a real-life encounter with two strange fans and others like Alinity have experienced similar issues with obsessive followers. While the concerns expressed by Valkyrae were very much real, she played off her worries in a more playful manner with some members of her chat joking that the mystery dating app she uses could be Grindr.
The massive popularity of many Twitch and YouTube streamers have seen many of the platforms’ biggest creators extending their reach outside the streaming space. Dr Disrespect recently made an appearance at the NFL’s annual Entry Draft, making a selection for the San Francisco 49ers, and the return of gaming television network G4TV featured several popular streamers. Privacy for content creators will likely continue to be a point of concern for many of Twitch and YouTube’s biggest creators as the streaming industry continues to grow.
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