In March 2020, fans were convinced Gabi shaded the young TikTok star after she went on a rant about TikTok taking down some of her videos.
The clip in question showed Gabi dancing while wearing a bikini. After it was taken off the social media app, the influencer told her 1.2 million followers that she didn’t understand why her videos were being deemed “inappropriate.”
“There are literally 15 [year] olds [with] boobies out in bikinis dancing on TikTok but the one time I do this in a one-piece swimsuit it gets taken down?” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
Fans started to speculate that Gabi was throwing some shade towards Charli, who’s 15 and constantly shares videos of herself dancing to the app. But the brunette beauty quickly cleared the air.
“Idk who Charli is yet, I’m [very] new to TikTok. God I sound old! I wasn’t shading anyone I just threw out a random young age,” she replied to a fan on Twitter.
Naturally, social media users screenshotted the interaction and the tweets were reposted to an account called TikTok Room on Instagram. Among seeing the posts, Charli herself responded.
“Bruh, I don’t even have boobies,” she wrote.
Gabi then responded to the entire situation in a YouTube video.
“My videos have been getting taken down because of ‘community guidelines’ whenever I’m wearing something tight or a one piece swimsuit. I did [a dance] in a one piece swimsuit and it got taken down. It really irked me because I saw so many young kids on TikTok that week in pushup bras, tight jeans, swimsuits and they’re minors doing dances. It’s not just dances, it’s point of view videos in tight stuff with their boobs up and butt out,” she said. “I feel like the app is encouraging minors to be in swimsuits. A lot of people who aren’t minors are going through the same issue. I’m confused by the whole thing. I was literally in a one piece, and I see people in bikinis doing dances, and I’m like, ‘How the hell are you getting away with that?’ I love the app, it’s fun, but I wish I could enjoy it like I see other people enjoy it.”
She continued, “I wasn’t targeting any one specific in that tweet. I’m new to the app, I just threw up a random pre-teen age. Certain TikTokers thought I was targeting them, that is not the case. I didn’t even know who they were yet when I tweeted this, I had just had the app for a few days. But I’ve been seeing a lot of young kids on that app being able to show more than I can and I’m 24.”