TikTok star Charli D’Amelio struggled with anxiety from a young age, and in 2020 she opened up about how it’s impacted her whole life. “I used to have such bad panic attacks in the third grade,” she said on Avani Gregg’s Facebook watch show Here For It. “That happened and that’s how it affected me until literally three weeks ago. It hurt so bad I didn’t want to talk about it.”
D’Amelio’s anxiety only increased when her TikTok videos went viral and catapulted her to instant fame. Hulu’s “The D’Amelio Show” further highlights her life as a social media influencer at a young age as she balances celebrity, countless hate comments, and her daily life. She even mentioned that finding a therapist who truly understands what she’s going through as one of the world’s most popular teenagers has been difficult.
In a September interview with People, the TikTok star opened up about managing her anxiety, specifically blocking hate comments. “I don’t know about everyone else, but I don’t really watch the stuff anymore,” she said. She mentioned that she’s starting to grasp the reality that the hate comments aren’t going away, so it’s up to her to control what it does and how she feels. And now D’Amelio has used dance to tell her story.
Charli D’Amelio tells an emotional life story through dance
When “Dancing with the Stars” showrunner Conrad Green asked Mark Ballas to come back after years away from the show, the executive producer had the professional dancer’s creativity in mind, especially when it came to getting him to team up with Charli D’Amelio. “She has a lot of dance background,” Green told Entertainment Weekly. “So we wanted to make sure that everyone who worked with her was really driving and imaginative.”
And nothing showcased D’Amelio’s talent paired with Ballas’ creative choreography better than the October 17 episode of the dance competition show. For the TikTok star’s most memorable year, she opened up about how she’s struggling with anxiety. “[I] I’ve reached my breaking point with social media,” she said in her rehearsal pack. “This is sort of the first time it’s not controlling me.”
D’Amelio danced his way to the top of the leaderboard, earning a near-perfect score from the judges and many tears of movement in the ballroom. The TikTok star portrayed herself while Balla portrayed anxiety, and by the end of the dance she broke up with her partner, suggesting she is in control of her emotions. “I finally feel in control of my life again and that’s been really great for me,” D’Amelio said after her performance.