Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Albany Daily News. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Currently Known For:
Intagram Model, Semi-Retired Singer
January 22, 1998
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"Fav part about coming home is the selfie lighting"
The rise of social media paved the way for a whole new breed of celebrity. In mass media, a young hopeful would go to auditions or send a demo tape to a record label and cross their finger that someone in a position of influence would like them. In the new media, everyone gets to take their shot. All you need to do is post a few songs to Youtube or upload a few modeling shots to Instagram, and if the people like you, you're a star. One such star was Claire Abbott, who took the world by storm in the 2010s before quietly retiring from the public life.
Not much is known about Claire Abbott's early life before Instagram fame. She was an active high school athlete and a member of the cheerleading team. She has a brother, and she grew up in Canada. This underlines another feature of the modern internet celebrity: While many will wring their hands over the loss of privacy, the truth is that an Instagram celeb only needs to show us the part of their life that they want to show us. In fact, social media fame gives the star far more control over what is and isn't shared. There are no agents, managers or tabloid journalists to give us the scoop. If Claire Abbott doesn't want to tell us where she went to high school or the names of her parents, we may never know.
What we do know is that she first rose to fame on Instagram singing "Turning Tables" (2011), a cover of the Adele track. This performance helped to establish Claire Abbott as a different breed of Instagram celebrity. Sure, she looked great in a bikini and took gorgeous selfies, but she was more than just another pretty face. Claire's soulful singing showed us a deeper, more poetic kind of social media model.
For Claire, social media began as a hobby but quickly turned into a full-time career. After blowing up on Facebok, and especially Instagram, where she soon had 65,000 followers, Claire branched out to Youtube and Twitter to expand her reach. Soon she was landing endorsement opportunities and receiving thousands of comments a day.
Right as Claire Abbott's social media began to truly hit its peak in 2016, Claire simply deactivated her Instagram account and retired from the public eye.
The sudden disappearance has led to its share of rumors, with many wondering whatever happened to Claire. The answer is actually kind of boring: She simply grew tired of being in the spotlight all the time, and decided to call it a day.
Although there are no exact figures available, her earnings from her time on social media are estimated to be around $1 million, based on endorsement contracts signed by similar social media stars. For a girl in her early 20s, that's not a bad nest egg to invest into college or whatever endeavors she hopes to pursue in life.
The real question: Is she gone for good, or is she just taking a break?
Given the sudden nature of her disappearance from the spotlight, it's impossible to speculate with any accuracy as to whether she quit for good or just wanted to take some time off. That said, Claire Abbott's passion for music suggests that she won't be able to stay away from the microphone forever. Furthermore, her natural charisma and beauty will make it quite easy for her to re-enter the spotlight should she so choose.
One theory on her disappearance has it that she moved to another country to become a hermit, while another points to a post she made detailing her struggles with bipolar disorder. Some fans suppose that the added stress of fame may have simply complicated things for her a bit too much. However, she spent years in the public eye and seemed to handle it quite well at the time. So again, this is just speculation.
Claire Abbott could be said to be the JD Salinger of Instagram. A poetic soul who simply disappeared from the spotlight at the peak of their fame, leaving fans to spread rumors and speculation as to why they left and whether or not they'll ever be back. The only thing we can be sure of is that Claire Abbott left a lot of admirers hungry for more, and if she ever does choose to make a return to the public life of a social media model and singer, there will be plenty of people who welcome her back with open arms.
"Don't worry, be happy."