Not many online YouTube stars are as polarizing as Trisha Paytas. One moment, they can be entertaining, then disappointing the next. Diving into the world of this “Blonde Sun Doll for MJ” can get you to feel a whirlwind of emotions. Discussing their recent controversies might not even scratch the surface — they’ve been the subject of the “cancel culture” for years.

How Trisha Paytas Started

Trisha Paytas, just like many other “California Dreamers,” moved back to the state they were born in (they spent their childhood in Illinois) to pursue acting. To get by their day-to-day life, Trisha worked as a model, stripper, and escort.

In 2007, Trisha Paytas created a YouTube channel out of their love for her idol Quentin Tarantino but their videos eventually evolved into a beauty and fashion vlog. The YouTube star also appeared on shows like Ellen and The Greg Behrendt Show; they were also in Amy Winehouse and Eminem’s music videos.

Trisha Paytas Controversies

Trisha Paytas is what some would consider to be an “internet troll.” They admit to making videos solely for the clicks. The more Trisha Paytas grew in popularity, the more controversial their YouTube videos began. Trisha would gain and lose followers because of their controversial topics and statements — this would go on for the rest of Trisha’s career. (Even up to this day.)

Questionable Collabs

The YouTube star would collaborate with other influencers like Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson (both are also controversial YouTube video-makers and friends). However, as much as it paved the way for all of them to grow an even bigger following, it also opened doors for more YouTube drama to be discussed by fans — this caused all three of them to be “canceled” at the time. Trisha Paytas’ relationship with Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star fizzled when the two other YouTubers were caught in several controversies and feuds.

Contestable Religion

Trisha didn’t limit her “trolling” to their dubious opinions and raunchy videos on her YouTube content alone. They also made music videos titled “A Jesus Bop,” “I Love You Jesus,” “A Christmas Jesus Bop,” and “Jesus Roses (Easter Song).” For obvious reasons, this didn’t sit well with Christians even though Trisha claims that they were a devout Catholic.

Trisha Paytas Was (Or Still is) a “Chicken Nugget”

The self-proclaimed tanning addict would make videos with odd titles like “im a chicken nugget,” “im no longer a person,” “Do Dogs Even Have Brains?” and many more. Trisha Paytas’ YouTube content would also include them purposely eating excessive amounts of fast food, smothering their face with 100 layers of “semen,” and crying on the kitchen floor while discussing their breakup with their ex-boyfriends — kitchen floor videos would eventually become a trend because of this.

Trisha’s “Coming Out”

In 2019, Trisha Paytas claims to be a female-to-male transgender. Trisha says they’re a gay man who enjoys dressing in drag and that they have “penis envy.” They also noted that they’re attracted to gay men. But Trisha also adds, “When I date gay men, a lot of gay men think I’m not man enough because I don’t have a penis.”

Trisha Paytas Today

Trisha’s Frenemies podcast with Ethan Klein entertained several of their fans — the podcast was launched in September 2020 during COVID-19’s peak. One of the topics of the podcast included launching their own spin on “The Bachelorette.” However, this didn’t materialize even though there were already contestants for Trisha to choose from.

One supposed contestant on Trisha and Ethan’s version of “The Bachelorette” was Ethan’s brother-in-law, Moses Hacmon. Unbeknownst to everyone, Trisha and Moses’ relationship turned out to be more serious than what even Ethan and his wife thought; Ethan’s wife, Hila, is the sister of Moses.

Despite the feud that Trisha and Ethan Klein publicly addressed on several occasions, Trisha and Ethan’s brother-in-law, Moses got married in 2021. Trisha eventually gave birth to a baby girl. There were claims that circulated saying Trisha’s child was the reincarnation of the late Queen Elizabeth II — they hilariously had to deny this rumor. Trisha Paytas’ daughter with Moses Hacmon is named “Malibu Barbie.”


Whether you love or hate (or love to hate) Trisha Paytas, their ingenious ways of “trolling” the viewers for publicity and clicks are unlike any other. If you’re constantly on YouTube or other platforms where the influencers you follow can get controversial, take their opinions with a grain of salt. Not only that, Trisha publicly stated several times before that they suffer from a wide array of mental illnesses. Therefore, when the subject of mental health is brought up, do your best to take it seriously.

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